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December 22, 2005 4:16:13 PM

I'm not sure if this has exactly been reported or not lately, but the search tool is most definately broken. Any search that I've done lately will only load page 1. If I click on page 2, page 3, next, or really anything it always tells me "No topics met your search criteria" no matter how many hundreds to thousands of matches that it tells me it found at the top of the page.

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December 22, 2005 7:38:51 PM

slvr, I tried some search, and paging was fine. Please provide the search url, and your search words. I will look into it.

And thanks for reporting it :wink:
January 22, 2006 5:55:11 AM

Please give details. Just tested search by author, and it works. It should be noted that it only searches the current selected section.
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January 22, 2006 9:41:39 PM

Search is either for keywords or author, not both. Think I should put an error message if both are specified.
January 23, 2006 12:03:18 PM

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slvr, I tried some search, and paging was fine. Please provide the search url, and your search words. I will look into it.
Umm ... the URLs for the searches are all the same, so I doubt it's much help, but: http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/fsearch-results...

And I just tested it agaoin and it's still most definately broken.

For example, I just did a search in the Hardware section for the word Prescott. It says it found 999 matches, and gives me a crap load of page numbers (34 to be exact).


But if I click on the link to "Goto page" 2, I get "No topics met your serach criteria."


Now with 999 matches, and only 30 hits per page, there should definately be at least a page 2.

Plus 999 seems like a suspect number as well, though that may just be a coincidence.

And though obvious through the pics, I'm using Firefox, if that even has a chance of affecting this somehow. (Which I wouldn't imagine it does, since this seems more like a server thing than a client thing to me.)

So, umm, enjoy? :lol:  I hope that this can be resolved as it makes searching pretty useless. And if I'm the only one seeing this, I might break down and cry. :cry:  (Just kidding.)
January 23, 2006 12:05:43 PM

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Search is either for keywords or author, not both. Think I should put an error message if both are specified.
Not that I use search much, and would do this even less, but would it be possible to do both? I mean, say, I was arguing with so-and-so about such-and-such, and I wanted to quote something they'd said, but I can't find it. So I want to do a search on so-and-so, but I also want to specify a keyword on topic such-and-such. Otherwise I might have to wade through tons and tons of posts. (Because some of these darn users are just positively chatterboxes you know. :wink: ) So that'd be a nice feature to have.
January 23, 2006 3:43:36 PM

I cannot replicate. I searched for "Prescott" in Hardware Section, and I can page thru the results.
January 23, 2006 5:58:29 PM

Well damn, because I can't. I've even verified the problem on IE as well as FF by now.

Okay, it gets weirder. I've just tried a bunch of different searches in different sections, and some were working ... at first. I could go to page2 just fine. But then page3 would not work. Of those I think there was a common element, I hit the [Search] button at the bottom of the page. They wouldn't let me go past page2, but they at least loaded page2.

And of the ones that didn't work, even for a page2, I think I might have always just been hitting the return key.

Why would there be a difference? :? I don't know. Am I just super unlucky? Can anyone else reproduce this? Does the server just hate me? Have I gone insane?
February 10, 2006 5:42:56 PM

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I cannot replicate. I searched for "Prescott" in Hardware Section, and I can page thru the results.
Can anyone else please be kind enough to try doing a search for a multi-page results list and then try to go next next next through the pages to see if it works for you or if you find the same bug that I'm still seeing? It'd be nice to know if I'm the only one...
February 10, 2006 6:48:28 PM

If one tries, please give me the section you searched, and exact words you searched for. Otherwise, it would be hard to duplicate.
February 11, 2006 6:01:21 PM

For example, I just did a search in the Hardware section for the word Prescott. It says it found 999 matches, and gives me a crap load of page numbers (34 to be exact).

no pr here
February 14, 2006 12:24:26 PM

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For example, I just did a search in the Hardware section for the word Prescott. It says it found 999 matches, and gives me a crap load of page numbers (34 to be exact).

no pr here
Yeah, but can you actually click from page1 to page2 to page3 to page4? The first page always comes up fine for me. The second page sometimes works. The third page (and everything after) has never come up. I wish I knew why.
February 14, 2006 12:27:45 PM

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If one tries, please give me the section you searched, and exact words you searched for. Otherwise, it would be hard to duplicate.
Steve, it's amazingly consistant. I've never gotten to the page3 results or anything thereafter for any search. I can throw in any search keywords (well, except for 3 letters or less of course ... can we fix that please?) in any section and get the same results. Page 1 loads fine. Click Next and page 2 sometimes loads, sometimes not. Click next again and page 3 never loads. It's extremely repeatable. As is finding the 999 limit.
February 14, 2006 3:34:21 PM

Waht prat of no poblrm dno’t you udnrsteand? Hehe….Yeah, it works fine, but when I look up NFS or HL2 in games I get no results. I don’t know maybe I type something else. 8O
February 14, 2006 4:08:52 PM

The search box will only work with key words above 3 characters.

This renders 'search' pretty much useless: CPU, AMD, VIA, HT, HTT, HL2, HL, DVD, GPU, VDU, etc etc
February 14, 2006 4:20:35 PM

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The search box will only work with key words above 3 characters.

This renders 'search' pretty much useless: CPU, AMD, VIA, HT, HTT, HL2, HL, DVD, GPU, VDU, etc etc
Ja. If there weren't so many three letter searches vital to computers it might be a different story. But there are. :|

By the way Neddy, I'm curious, do you have a split personality, or is imitation the sincerest form of flattery :?:
February 14, 2006 4:40:38 PM

Lol :D 

No split personality here, just messing around with the newbies. It has ruffled a feather or two behind the scenes too :wink:

Actually, I'm eyeing your sig up as we speak :p  :wink:
February 14, 2006 5:16:23 PM

:lol:  :lol:  :lol: 

You're such a tease Ned.

There's probably not much that you can do with my current sig though. The image is too small to scratch it out and put NF under it. :tongue:

You'll just have to ruffle someone else's feathers instead. :wink:
February 14, 2006 5:21:08 PM

Damn you with your Anti stealing signature protection. :D 

Oh, and btw, that looks a lot better with the color addition. :idea:
February 14, 2006 5:28:42 PM

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Damn you with your Anti stealing signature protection. :D 

Oh, and btw, that looks a lot better with the color addition. :idea:
Thanks. And maybe I should make you a neato-keen NF sig like mine so that you stop stealing other people's? :lol:  We could start a trend?
February 14, 2006 5:45:41 PM

Or maybe I should use the highly coveted Ned Flanders signature myself and pretend to be you. :tongue:


4 Prezident!
February 14, 2006 5:56:51 PM

No more coffee for me today. :oops: 
February 14, 2006 6:16:22 PM

And no more pink phoenix. I've gone back to silver, but made the font larger so that it's easier to see. :) 
February 14, 2006 7:07:44 PM

I tried the same scenario. Everything works great on this end. Donno what to say.
February 14, 2006 8:26:22 PM

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The search box will only work with key words above 3 characters.

This renders 'search' pretty much useless: CPU, AMD, VIA, HT, HTT, HL2, HL, DVD, GPU, VDU, etc etc

Thanks, that explains that.
February 14, 2006 8:35:46 PM

It must be on your end. It’s weird you get the first page, but not the other's. What browser are you using? If you tried different browser did you change anything that you can recall. Maybe firewall. I don’t know, that’s a tough one, but I would guess you changed something at one time or another.
February 14, 2006 9:52:00 PM

Yes, please try different browsers, also logout and try again. Looks like you are the only one with this problem. Can you try from another location?
February 14, 2006 10:02:46 PM

and try deleting cookies and a disk clean up.
February 14, 2006 10:30:01 PM

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Iz my co-pilot!


ROFL! :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 
February 15, 2006 12:28:41 PM

I've tried different browsers, different PCs on different firewalls. It always happens to me. It happens at work using IE 6 and FF 1.5 on a P4 2GHz WinXP Pro machine on a Win2003 server domain with a proxy firewall. (It's done it with older versions of FF too.) It even happens at home using IE 5.5 on a P166MMX Win95 laptop with no domain and a DSL modem connected to a simple network router.

And if it were a firewall problem then it wouldn't be letting any results through. But it is, at first. Sometimes it even lets me load page2. It's like the server just drops my search results from a cache after a period of time or something. **shrug** I don't know. Beats me.

All that I can say is that it's got to be something on the server side, because my work and home machines are so incredibly different.

But if it's just my account seeing it happen then maybe there's a funny setting somewhere in my account somewhere that's causing it?

EDIT:Nope. I just tried creating a new account and I get the same problem, so it can't be something in my account settings. It's really weird that I'm the only person seeing this. :? I'd say that maybe the server doesn't like my IP address, but at home I've got a totally different (and dynamic) address, so that can't be it.
February 15, 2006 3:34:54 PM

slvr,

Can you please PM me the word you type in a section, the keys you click on to reproduce the problem. Also if you make a record of the url's you see, that would be great.

Sorry for the problem.

steve
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