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|Does it seem as though a lot of Web Sites have poor,
hard to see images? Are you missing updated "What's New" sections or
AOL is one of the slowest internet services. To help compensate for this, they compress
graphics on their end. However, since many webmasters have already compressed the graphics
so they will load fast, when AOL compresses the already compressed graphics, it will often
put a gray or dark colored bar through the image.
AOL also stores pages in your computer ("systems cache") so that if you ask for
a page you have seen before, AOL just finds it in your computer instead of going to the
internet to get the newer pages.
Because of this, with AOL, you may not get top quality pictures and may not see the newest
versions of web sites that are out there.
Do you have AOL release 4.0? If not, upgrading is simple and worthwhile. Just go to Keyword:Upgrade
for the software and easy-to-follow instructions.
Then, to get the best graphics and newest web pages, just follow these simple steps:
Clear out of all websites you may be visiting, or log off AOL and log back on.
Click on MyAOL in the green bar at middle top of your screen.
Click on Preferences.
Click on WWW icon.
Click on file tab at top for Web Graphics - Look at where it says "compressed
graphics" and Click on check mark to make it go away.
Then close each page.
Then try the site that was giving you the bars across images.
If you still can't see it properly (most people see green lines if there is still a
problem) you need to clear a temporary file that AOL creates to help it remember where
you've been on the internet. It serves no purpose other than to make AOL load a site a
little bit quicker. But in this case it remembers the green lines and shows them again!
To clear the temporary AOL files:
First close any website you are looking at or log off AOL and log on again. Click on MyAOL
Click on Preferences as before.
Click on WWW.
Click on file tab at top for "Advanced".
Half way down the page Click on "view files" - This will show a list of
every place you have been on the web and may contain hundreds or even thousands of
Press Control A (means "all") on your keyboard. The addresses will be
Now press delete key. Don't panic! You are deleting a list, and won't
lose anything or damage anything! It may take a while if there are tons of names to
When done, clear screens and try the site that was giving you the problems.