# WolframAlpha queries unevaluated despite internet connectivity?

WolframAlpha is a built-in symbol in MMA8, yet expressions with WolframAlpha and the equal sign operator remains unevaluated despite the internet connection.

WolframAlpha["2+1"]

(* WolframAlpha["2+1"] *)

= heart disease risk 50yo male

(* AlphaIntegrationExtrusionEvaluate["heart disease risk 50yo male", TextForm] *)

?AlphaIntegration



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I typed in = heart disease.... but I received an answer (5.4%). Same thing happens to me sometimes, too. I usually wait a couple minutes then everything works fine. I suspect it's not MMA's fault. –  VF1 Oct 9 '12 at 0:48
@alancalvitti You typed ?AlphaIntegration, evidently expecting it to work. I was simply trying to provide an explanation as to why it doesn't. Your overall problem is pretty clearly an anomaly or bug specific to your system; as VF1 suggests, I'd recommend waiting and trying again later. Or perhaps at a different location, or perhaps even reinstalling eventually. –  Mark McClure Oct 9 '12 at 1:16
W|A queries are limited to about 100 or so per day (limit changes depending on your license). You might have hit the cap for the day. –  rm -rf Oct 9 '12 at 7:47
If the problem were that it couldn't access the internet or that it had reached the quota of Wolfram|Alpha usage, then you would see an error message. The fact that it gives back a random internal function most likely means that your configuration is doing something bad. –  Searke Oct 9 '12 at 14:54
What's the downvote about? –  alancalvitti Oct 9 '12 at 19:06

I had a similar problem. I was able to resolve it by having MMA recreate configuration files under $BaseDirectory and $UserBaseDirectory`. There is a description of the process at http://support.wolfram.com/kb/3274. It is important that you backup any of your own files in these directories prior to resetting the configuration. I can't guarantee this will fix your problem, but it's worth a try.