Posted by BetsyMI on 10/17/05 11:57am
Problems with Mapquest Maps
I use Mapquest all the time to plot my route from my home to the borrower's home. I've been doing this for quite some time. All of a sudden, the directions are coming up, but no map. I'm able to access maps on yahoo and google, but not mapquest.
I haven't loaded any new software in awhile so I figured it might be a problem with mapquest (again since I was able to access maps through other sources). After a few weeks of this, I wrote to mapquest via email describing the problem. While they did respond, they blamed it on Windows XP.
Dear MapQuest visitor,
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
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The default setting for XP is to prevent downloads from
non-originating Web sites. That is, as a user you requested content
from www.mapquest.com, such as a map. Your local XP operating system is
defaulted to allow the content from www.mapquest.com -- the originating
Web site -- but will prevent content from being downloaded from
non-originating Web sites such:
"mq-mapgend.websys.aol.com" or simply "aol.com."
Please refer to:
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Also, virus scanning software such as McAfee and spyware software such
as "Adaware" or "Spybot" can prevent content from non-originating Web
Thank you for your reply. However this is still not solving my problem.
1) Why is it that this just happened? I have had Windows XP for 18 months
and have been accessing maps from mapquest for my business many times a
week for all those 18 months without incidence.
2) I loaded the McAfee software months ago, yet this mapping problem just
started about 2 weeks ago.
3) I did access the website you referenced below, and I went into Windows
Firewall, clicked on Exceptions, and "Add a Program" and added the one that
said something about "AOL content". I then rebooted my computer, and when I
access mapquest and an address, still no map displays.
To all you PC literate "gurus" out there, does anyone have any suggestions for me?
Reply by Melissa Morse on 10/18/05 1:08pm
I buy Microsoft Street & Trips. http://www.microsoft.com/streets/default.mspx The software is wonderful. I have it installed on my laptop, I plug my eTrex GPS Vista in to the laptop and off I go. It even talks to me. Since the GPS and laptop are separate I can travel with them in any vehicle I drive, no matter which states I travel to for my full-time job.
Reply by PAW_Fl on 10/18/05 4:04pm
I use two mapping software products. Google maps (http://maps.google.com) is a free, online service that has more up-to-maps than Mapquest, MSN or Yahoo. At least in the Central Florida area.
I also use DeLorme (http://www.DeLorme.com) Street Atlas, a purchased software mapping program. I've been using DeLorme maps for over 25 years. Their mapping software is great, imo.