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solution for facebook static.ak.fbcdn.net waiting

Problem: Few days ago, my firefox browser started to refuse to load the www.facebook.com, in fact it loads the login page, but then lingers forever on the next step stating; "waiting for the static.ak.fbcdn.net" or "Transferring data from the static.ak.fbcdn.net" First I thought it's something with their server, or my ISP, but then I learned that all my friends that are on the same ISP aren't having similar problems what so ever. I thought it might be my wireless internet rooter, but with my Laptop connected wireless upon the same rooter everything's coming up roses, while parallel on my Main rig, it loads n' loads forever ;; I can not click upon any app or send any msg. I think I already tried everything.. Even power cycling the rooter, dns flush,malware,spyware etc..

Solution:
(Due to popularity of this post i am also including snapshots at the end)
So finally here is the solution...
google some online ping sites like http://ping.eu/ping/
and ping the problem like "static.ak.fbcdn.net" so that you will get the ip address in result like...

64 bytes from akamai-deploy-5.latnetserviss.lv (159.148.86.199): icmp_seq=1 ttl=49 time=43.5 ms
64 bytes from akamai-deploy-5.latnetserviss.lv (159.148.86.199): icmp_seq=2 ttl=49 time=43.6 ms
64 bytes from akamai-deploy-5.latnetserviss.lv (159.148.86.199): icmp_seq=3 ttl=49 time=43.5 ms


Since u got the IP Address "159.148.86.199" Now open
my computer > windows > system32 > Drivers > etc
here u will find a file named "hosts"
open it in notepad.

You may find
"127.0.0.1 localhost" somewhere at the end

make it a new entry ur ip address alongwith site like this

127.0.0.1 localhost
159.148.86.199 static.ak.fbcdn.net

save it..

Now refresh your site, in my case it was www.facebook.com

Its open now...

- Vinod Kotiya
leave ur comments please...







Comments

Kinky said…
try to find the file, but cant find it.. even try to search.. im using XP SP3, does it matter? or can i just create one from notepad?
Nicholas said…
Thanks. This was the solution for me.

Using Windows7 + Chrome
Heli said…
cannot save the file after ... so did not got rid off the problem.
what should i do?
THE ONE said…
file may be hidden/system file... so go to control panel > folder option and unchek the dont show hidden file and system file option... now u may find and able to save.
Hercul said…
It works great!!

Thanks man you save me! I have add campaigns on FB and I couldn't connect to it.

Thanks again!
Dan said…
Yeh I can't save the file either it says access is denied...
ralph0632003 said…
wowowowowweeeeeeeeeeeee!!! you rock the one!!! thanks your the man!!!
ralph0632003 said…
wowowoweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you really rock the one...its a lot of help ...youre the man!!!
Anne said…
What happens if you have a mac?
flowirin said…
for nix systems the file is /etc/hosts
flowirin said…
for nix systems the file is /etc/hosts
DJaDRiiaN said…
i have windows vista and its not letting me save it, it says "Cannot create the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file."
THE ONE said…
You have to get the read write permission for that folder . right click on folder > properties > security then add Everyone and give full permission
Anonymous said…
this methd is openin facebook/but not proprly..no bkgrnd color,image...poor allgnment..WHy so/?
THE ONE said…
reason might be FB is loading images layout from other site... get the site and do same entry for site as told in my post...
Treven said…
worked like a charm thanks
pranav said…
thanks the facebook has started working but not able to check wall and other pages ..it showing blank images ......i tried the other way like u told to anonymous but it failed please give me detailed solution ..thanks in advance
dima said…
Thanks. In Ubuntu the same problem.
It doesn't work 4 me......
i'm using xp SP3
It doesn't work 4 me......
i'm using xp SP3
Abhishek said…
thnks a lot....it worked like a charm...
But can tell me the reason behind this.
I mean why it was not loading and how it got loaded when we saved its ip-address?
(And is that ip adderss static for static.ak.fbcdn.net?)
shresthabhavika said…
I already did that and it still didn't come.
THE ONE said…
@ Abhishek Reason is that the trojan in ur PC is preventing to look for DNS for every webaddress entered in url. so we are just bypassing this by putting actual ip address in Hosts file....
Federico said…
Thank you!
Federico said…
Thank you!
Federico said…
Thank you!
Christine said…
By adding this ip address, what are we adding to our computer? Are we just allowing that ip access?
THE ONE said…
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THE ONE said…
@ christine: we are just bypassing the dns mechanism... ur browser directly open the site using ip address instead of getting translation of xyz.com from some dns..
THE ONE said…
For MAC Users do this to change hosts file:
<<<< On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 9:57 PM, Shelby Newman wrote:
HI! I was researching my computer problem on Google and I came across your February 3, 2010 blog post about fixing the facebook static.ak.fbcdn.net waiting. I've been having this problem lately, but I use a Macbook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5 so I could not follow your directions. Do you know how to fix this problem on a Mac? Thanks!

Cal>>>>>
Mac OS X 10.2 or later

Edit the /private/etc/hosts file. For more information on how to use the hosts file, open Terminal and type: man hosts

Note: Editing this file requires root privileges.
THE ONE said…
Mac OS X 10.0 through 10.1.5

1. Open /Applications/Utilities/NetInfo Manager.
2. To allow editing the NetInfo database, click the padlock in the lower left corner of the window.

3. Enter your Admin password and click OK.

4. In the second column of the browser view, select the node named "machines." You will see entries for -DHCP-, broadcasthost, and localhost in the third column.

5. The quickest way to create a new entry is to duplicate an existing one. So select the "localhost" item in the third column.

6. Choose Duplicate from the Edit menu. A confirmation alert appears.

7. Click Duplicate. A new entry called "localhost copy" appears, and its properties are shown below the browser view.

8. Double-click the value of the ip_address property and enter the IP address of the other computer.

9. Double-click the value of the name property and enter the hostname you want for the other computer.

10. Click the serves property and choose Delete from the Edit menu.

11. Choose Save from the File menu. A confirmation alert appears.

12. Click Update this copy.

13. Repeat steps 6 through 12 for each additional host entry you wish to add.

14. Choose Quit from the NetInfo Manager menu. You do not need to restart the computer.
Moh. Ririn said…
that's a great one. now i can open my facebook again. thanx..
JB said…
It's sad that we have to fix this issue. I believe that Firefox should fix it. And BTW, I think the new FF is pathetic. I wish I had never installed it. I think I'm going to give Google Chrome a shot.
tapas said…
hey m not able to save d host file...n i tried doin that security thing too but cannt make it ..how exactly should i do dat..can u descreibe it...thnx...
Pinx.... said…
Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers

Right Click on etc and select properties.

Go to security tab
click Edit
click Add
click Advanced
Click Find Now
select Everyone from result.
click ok
give full control
click ok
click ok
Arun said…
Great sir,

Excellent

Thank you very much.

Me too face the same issue in facebook . Now its cleared.

Thanks a lot
Rhagga said…
worked like a charm..ty for the info
ames said…
Thanks, it worked. Amazing...
I did some looking around and found that the address is a CNAME alias that goes to 2 more CNAME aliases
cap'n said…
thanks, it worked!
andromeda said…
hooray! my facebook's back!
jjnnhui said…
Thanks ... It works but when i refresh my facebook page in google chrome, the layout of my fb is distorted with all the words are on the left hand side of my screen and with a white background. FF is still slow when opening fb.
THE ONE said…
pc restart may solve the problem or try in different browser for a while...
chiggs said…
no it does not help me on win7 + chrome or firefox or ie8 and i use dial up connection 28k modem.
Frank said…
Hi,

I followed the instructions for Macs OS, mine is 10.4 and I can't edit the host file..I dont even know what to put in..When I typed man hosts there were instruction but there's no instruction on how to edit and what to put in..

This statik.fb is so annoying..It was only started on my pc last november 2011..Up until now, I still cant upload pics to my fb acct..
Cláudio Silva said…
Hi!

2 days ago I was able to open facebook page in my Win7 using Chrome. Today, I had the problem whose solution You publish.

My question is what did change between theses 2 days? Did facebook change this image location? :S

Best regards,
Cláudio.
Cláudio Silva said…
This comment has been removed by the author.
dragon said…
nope did't work for me....even changed to ie 9....still there
dragon said…
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dragon said…
ok now what i did do is download ie9 and didn't like it ....uninstalled it and reinstalled ie 8 and it was just gone....wasn't my intention and thought it would be back but NOT yea....
love and light
Dan said…
This worked for me, but not in the way I thought it would!

I already had this in my hosts file, and strangely enough, REMOVING it from there allowed facebook to load.

Anyway, thanks for this!
Michelle Katz said…
I still cant make this work it both browsers used to work with FB...now ie and ff and chrome wont open facebook. Ive tried everything and I got it save the file for hosts and it still didnt work! it doesnt make sense any ideas im running windows 7 professional 64 bit sp 1 and its on a domain
Michelle Katz said…
This did not work for me:
im running windows 7 professional
64 bit
sp 1

running both firefox & IE and neither will work
I have tried everything and it never loads but i tried command prompt to see if I could ping and it works
any suggestions.
I ran malware bytes
i tried doing it.but i still cant upload any pictures from my destop to fb..plz do help
i tried doing these steps but i still cant upload ant pictures from my desktop to facebook..plz do help..
Anne said…
Totally cured my problem, thanks so much!
Ned Lim said…
hi, I am using window8,the page shows nothing at the bottom part
eg(static.ak.fbcdn.net).
Tab is written ( waiting for facebook.com)
so, which IP address/host name is should refer to?
thanks
tlukac said…
Happen to know what trojan it is that causes this? Removing it would be the real fix. What software would remove this?
Mike Doverskog said…
Well. I'm going to assume the problem lies with FB this time. Pings reveal 40% packet loss to this particular address but works fine to any other IP address I've tested.

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