My Computer Thinks I'm In the UK

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jaw04005, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    The craziest thing is happening with my iMac. Every website I visit that is international, seems to always direct me to UK technical support or information (like Apple.Com & Powershot.Com). I'm in the US, and I can't figure out why this keeps happening. Also, lately software I have tried to install has always highlighted that i'm in UK/Japan, and I have to choose the bullet that says North America/United States, etc. I can't figure this out, in my international preference panel I'm set to US dollars/US Region/etc. Anyone have any ideas?
  2. wr0x2 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2003
    Have you done anything unusual lately? The web redirect thing sounds like an ISP issue, although everything else is definatly on your system. Try to think of anything you've installed lately that might be doing this.
  3. evil macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    chicago ex-toronto
    sorry, but that is pretty funny.

    and i have no suggestions either.
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    Re: My Computer Thinks I'm In the UK

    Computers are generally right. Therefore you are probably not in the US.


    Did you buy the iMac from somebody overseas? I dunno if the "region" is hardcoded into the machine or not. Although I doubt the website could even access that. It's probably an issue with your ISP more so than with your Mac. I'd contact your ISP and nicely ask them to look into the situation. It may very well not be there fault. But I know a lot of "web tracking" software tries to determine the location of the visitors. The code may just be determining you're somewhere you're not... ask the ISP tech support to check a specific site that you are having a problem with. If you're having the problem, they will probably have it to if it's their issue.
  5. manitoubalck macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2003
    Adelaide, Australia
    My computer Thinks I live in Austria, I selected the wrong country while installing WinXP.
  6. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    Reminds me of a shirt I saw once at a tourist area in Austria, "Austria: The country without kangaroos".
  7. fukuhela macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2001
    That's just funny - all I can say: FUNNY. But nevertheless I think you're right
  8. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    1) check your cookies. a lot of preferences are stored there.

    2) is your system set to the U.S.? change "international" and "date&time" in sys. pref. back to normal places..?

    i'd imagine wiping your cookies may solve some of the problems...

    for others, i don't know how to deal with it, but your OS must have been installed as to be used in the U.K. i noticed that when i started up my new eMac, it asked for locality. (this was independent of later adjustments in internationalization... you could be a Japanese speaker living in the U.S., like me. the correct thing to do was install panther with locality U.S. then adjust your language setting to primarily Japanese. if you install panther with locality Japan, then the machine will think it's physically in Japan...) i know clean install should get rid of this problem, but there must be another way without wiping your entire drive... so if you contact your ISP and there's nothing wrong, i'd go look around in Apple Knowledge base..
  9. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Even though I have my "region" set to Australia (because there's no option for NZ :mad: ), it thinks I'm in the UK because I've selected British English as my language. Check what your language is set to.
  10. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    have you checked your own individual address card entry
    you can use that to auto-fill forms so maybe the website is somehow accessing it...
    not likely, but worth a try
  11. CrackedButter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    Why not just move to the UK, isn't that simpler?
  12. colocolo macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2002
    Santiago, Chile
    As long as your car doesn't think your'e in the UK and starts shifting to the wrong lane... I think you're safe.

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