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I have my WebDriver tests running parallel in IE, Chrome and firefox. When I run test in IE browser it node gets registered with the hub, and the browser opens and it gets redirected to some random localhost and it gives the message:

This is the initial start page for the WebDriver server.

please help me what could be the problem and possible work around.

platform:Windows XP, IE8 browser

The same is running well in Firefox and Chrome

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Adding to the above: – saikrishna Jul 20 '12 at 12:56
Doing a Google reveals several possible options - have you tried doing a search and looking at the replies ? Do any of them apply to your situation ? – Phil Kirkham Jul 20 '12 at 14:29
What do you mean by "random localhost"? – Željko Filipin Jul 21 '12 at 12:14
I believe this is normal, is this somehow impeding your testing? – MichaelF Nov 5 '12 at 13:26

This is as designed, so there is nothing to worry about. You can then start opening your website using driver.Navigate().GoToURL() method.

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In IE, this will usually show as the default page at the start of a test, until you provide it with a valid URL to navigate to.

Especially if you attempt to do something to the present (empty) page, it may cause an exception or problem - for example, trying to maximise the window with javascript causing this issue.

The first thing your test should do is navigate to a valid page, and then things should work smoothly at that point.

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The same issue occurs when you didn't configure IE properly according to manual: InternetExplorer configuration Make sure:

  1. Zoom is set to 100%
  2. Protected Mode settings for each zone have the same value
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DesiredCapabilities caps = DesiredCapabilities.internetExplorer(); caps.setCapability(InternetExplorerDriver.INITIAL_BROWSER_URL, "");

WebDriver driver = new InternetExplorerDriver(caps);

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