Backbone.js PushState routes .htaccess only working as hash but nowhere else

I have a website for example. I have backbone.js with pushstate and fallback and when I goto it loads up the index.html page and pushstates to about. everything is working. but if i want to goto a directory with a page inside like: for example, it does not work and throws a invalid page. if i do it in IE it works fine. my htaccess file has the following:

RewriteEngine on
# html5 pushstate (history) support: 
<ifModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !index
RewriteRule (.*) index.html [L]

if i navigate directly to the page it craps out (i think because my server wants to goto the bio directory? or maybe I need to actually control the routes in backbone differently? its just that it works on bangs so it has to be some weird push state directory thing where #bio/info is not the same to apache as /bio/info . any help is appreciated.


well using the answer in another suggested post, which was to do <base href="/" /> in the index.html file. This actually made the sub directories in my pushState work! just it was suggested.. but then in return it broke my IE, but i fixed it by putting extra code in my INIT of backbone

 Backbone.history.start({ pushState: Modernizr.history, silent: true });
if(!Modernizr.history) {
    var rootLength = Backbone.history.options.root.length;
    var fragment = window.location.pathname.substr(rootLength);
    var search =;
    Backbone.history.navigate('/#' + fragment + search, { trigger: true });
} else {

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