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How to fix ChatGPT network error on long responses?

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ChatGPT has taken the world by storm ever since OpenAI announced its AI-powered chatbot. That said, the bot isn’t exactly known for giving rather long responses and can run into bugs and errors at times. 

In this article, we’re talking about ChatGPT network error on long responses, why it happens and what you can do to fix the problem.


What causes this error?

As mentioned before, ChatGPT isn’t great with lengthy responses. So if your prompt requires an extensive answer or the code you’re generating using ChatGPT has too many empty lines, the chatbot can cough up errors like these.

Also read: What to do if OpenAI’s API is not available in your country?


How to fix this?

Here are seven fixes you can try out. 

Check internet connection

This is a good time to check whether or not you have an active internet connection. If you’re on WiFi, make sure you’ve got an active link and that there are no signal issues. On cellular data, ensure that it’s enabled and that you’re getting good network coverage. 

Restarting your router can help get rid of a bunch of seemingly random internet and connectivity issues that may be hindering your connection to OpenAI’s servers. 


Change your prompts

If you’re demanding an excessively long answer from ChatGPT, try changing your prompt so as to generate a shorter response. You can also enter multiple prompts to break the response into smaller chunks. If you’re generating code, you can tell the chatbot to not include empty lines when formatting the code. You can also tell the bot to limit its answer to a certain number of lines to avoid the error.


Disable VPN

Another possible cause for the issue could be that you’re using a VPN. OpenAI services are geo-restricted due to content copyright issues, and using a VPN can cause problems with their functionality and content availability causing the error.


Check OpenAI’s server

Another thing you should do is check to see if OpenAI’s server are online. As mentioned before, server overcrowding can often lead to errors like this. You can head over to OpenAI’s server status page or use a third-party site like Downdetector. 


Clear your browser’s data

Corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause this error as well. Clear them out to see if you can get Chrome to work.

Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and make sure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data. 


Try again later

If nothing else works, chances are OpenAI’s servers are under excessive load which might be causing issues for you. Try using ChatGPT when the servers might be a little less busy. Depending on your time zone, you’d want to do this late at night as there’s a good chance that at least the traffic from your region will be low. 


Contact OpenAI

Finally, you can also reach out to OpenAI about the issue. All you have to do is head over to the OpenAI help centre and click the Send us a message option in the bottom right. From there, follow the on-screen instructions to be put in touch with a customer support representative who’ll be able to help you out. 

Also read: How to fix ‘Err_Internet_Disconnected’ error?


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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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