@hugheffo You could be dealing with: a defective Opera installation, a defective user profile, some kind of problem authenticating your particular system's https connection handshaking and transactions with Opera's VPN server, or some kind of connection interference by an over-zealous, onboard antivirus program (including some update made to it). If it were a universal problem caused by Opera's VPN mechanism, these forums by now would be flooded with complaints. There are the occasional 'issue' reports here, but nothing like what would result from a complete, universal VPN failure (plus there's @rtomasz 's earlier report that it's working for him in the UK).
Or... it could involve your local ISP blocking either Opera's VPN IP or an entire block of IPs of which Opera is a part. Sometimes that's done either in error or if there's been formal complaints of copyright violations being routed via those IPs.
There are some things to try in isolating possible "local system" causes. First, with all your antivirus/antimalware programs turned off, try to connect via Opera VPN to a known-safe, low/no-ad website (a speed-test site like https://speedof.me/ or similar should suffice) to see if that affects things. Second, with Opera off, you could backup your profile and try resetting (renaming) it to see if Opera can access its VPN when turned back on. Third, you could try a parallel, portable install of Opera to see if that allows VPN access. Last, if you know somebody in your locale using both Opera and the same ISP, ask them to try the VPN and see what their results are.
Have you tried clearing the browser cache, doing so make the browser faster and can also fix the VPN issue. Press Ctrl + Shift + Del hotkey to open the clear browsing data window tick all the boxes especially the Cached images box and files option. Try to choose the option “the beginning of time” from the drop-down menu in the options.
I actually looked into the 2 main servers that's offered I'm in SE US, both are banned on most of the sites that offer any resemblance to free speech that's outside of the norms of community guidelines, i.e YouTube, FB, Reddit and many others, both VPN regions are members of Fourteen Eyes (SIGINT Seniors Europe (SSEUR) which look like basic relays nothing secure for the purposes of free speech matters.
I would love to have the ability to integrate say another VPN with good reviews into the opera browser it's really a great product, the opera mini of great for mobile devices.
@cybrsaylr Tried Vivaldi and it is as you said. Tested it on http://247games.org. Now I have a browser where I can play my favorites without having to switch browsers. Vivaldi's lack of VPN does not matter since the Opera VPN does not function. Now would be the time to try out Opera Turbo as it conflicts with VPN. By the way, http://www.247hearts.com/ does not play in Firefox. http://www.247slots.org/ does not play in Google Chrome, but does play in Chromium. http://www.247spades.com/ does not play in Chromium. The programmers for the website are working to make all the games playable in all the browsers, but they are not there yet. So far, a couple of the games that did not play before now play well, but Vivaldi is the only browser in which all the games play. Thank you so very much for the Vivaldi reference.
Each global problem has to be address as a Pinned Topic.
This is the right management - despite any opinion or "experience" -.
Users has to be educated if they are not, ten first users will learn the right way if they are "corrected", then, some of those 10 users will educate the new ones, those "second" new users will do the same, etc...
At the end of a month +/-, good practices will be learned by all.
If not, you have the chaos that currently is the Opera's Forum.
The current behaviour is a waste time, unnecessary clicks, search, typings, space...
Also, it gives a very bad image.
As far as it's possible, similar topics may be being merged. Lots of them about VPN issues were already merged into a single topics/plataforms.
The Official explanation is not Pinned as a global topic explanation, and the same question/problem is asked/reported every day and every time in many different topics.
As I've said, it quite easy to undestand.