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Help: computer problem

JohnInKansas 04 Nov 01 - 08:13 PM
GUEST,Ed. 04 Nov 01 - 07:55 PM
GUEST,Ed 04 Nov 01 - 07:29 PM
kendall 04 Nov 01 - 06:49 PM
Jon Freeman 04 Nov 01 - 04:22 PM
kendall 04 Nov 01 - 04:14 PM
GUEST,andi 04 Nov 01 - 01:54 PM
Peter K (Fionn) 04 Nov 01 - 12:18 PM
GUEST,finch.alan@btinternet.com 04 Nov 01 - 11:54 AM
Jeri 04 Nov 01 - 11:35 AM
GUEST,andi 04 Nov 01 - 11:22 AM
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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 08:13 PM


Possibility 1: It was stated that the Links in mudcat open, but the links "somebody emailed me" won't open. It is entirely possible that the links are not good, or they are to sites that operate intermittently. Another possibility is that the email program does not have "links enabled." Try typing them into the IE header, or copy (CTL-C) and paste (CTL-V) them there and see if they work.

A known fault in IE, particularly with Win95/Win98, is that occasionally if you work offline, when you reconnect - or "unclick" the work offline setting, the registry entry does not update. Suggest look under "File" at the top of the IE window and make sure that there is not a check mark in front of it. If there is, there is a Mickey$oft fix, but I'd have to look it up.

When you navigate around the net, lots of sites put an obscene amount of stuff on your machine. The default setting for Win95/Win98 is use something like 60K max disk space for temp files. If you run out of space to flop trash in, the web stops working right. ALL of these files should be on the C:\ drive, in the Windows directory, Temporary Internet Files. Delete everything not obviously connected with a frequently used site. Files there should be *.cfm, and *.gif or *.jpg.

You can go to START - PROGRAM FILES - ACCESSORIES - SYSTEM TOOLS - DISK CLEANUP, to use the Win automated "get rid of crap" utility, although it does a fairly incomplete job.

In Internet Explorer, TOOLS - INTERNET OPTIONS, on the General tab, you can clear "Temporary Internet Files" and clear "History." This can often get rid of a lot of junk.

*.cab files (cabinet files) are the Mickey$oft special compressed files that contain installation information. Usually, but not always, Windows installation copies some of these to your C: drive. This makes them available to the Control Panel Add/Remove Software utility if you need file repair or minor changes to the Windows installation. (Note: Windows usually can't find them if you need them, but that's what they're there for.) There is generally no need to mess with them, but keep your installation CD handy.

It is my understanding that the downloadable DIGITRAD is a DOS program. Working offline in DOS or in a DOS window, you do not have access to the Windows sound sytem setup - unless you have configured DOS to make it available. When you're online, you are usually working in Windows, so different resources are available.

Guest, Ed - I don't find a need for Notepad to open links, although it's remotely possible that Windows uses it. It's a good program, and you should leave it alone. I think the mention was due to reading the original query as pertaining to opening the source code window perhaps?

Pause for reflection. Comments?

John


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: GUEST,Ed.
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 07:55 PM

In fact, I'll say with some certainty that 'Andi' is playing with us all.

Notepad my arse...

Kendall,

You could have made things clearer!

Everyone's been thinking that you had a problem with your browser rather than your Email client.

One thing's certain. It has nothing to do with Notepad.

Ignore everything Andi said

Ed


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 07:29 PM

Can someone please explain what Andi has says regarding Notepad having some sort of effect on web browsers.

It sounds utterly absurd to me

Ed


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: kendall
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 06:49 PM

I do have IE. I can use all the links in mudcat, but, none of the links sent to me via e mail. I just ran de frag offline for two hours, and, it never got above 3%. At that point, it went back to 0. Maybe the problem is in Outlook express? Afriend once told me that I should delete the programs at the bottom of the screen before running scan disc or defrag.


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 04:22 PM

Kendall, lets start at the beginning and see if we can work it out.

If you close your PC down and re-start it and then open Internet Explorer (Is that your browser?) and click on a link, does it work? If it does work, does the problem come back after a while?

Jon


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: kendall
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 04:14 PM

I'm totally confused now. I'm just bearly computer literate, and all this gobbledegook is like Greek to me!


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: GUEST,andi
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 01:54 PM

Alan,

Can you hear the tunes when you are online and can you hear tunes played from othr formats? andi


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 12:18 PM

No big deal about Cab files - they're just copies of the operating system files. Not like registry files, for instance.

My guess is that all this advice (since, and apart from, Max's) is way over the top, and all will be well for Kendall, once the programme (in this case the browser) has been cloesd and restarted.

But where memory is getting used up in an unusual way, as in Bill D's post, or Windows itself is slowing down, or anything odd starts happening to the desktop, it is good housekeeping to suspect a viral infection. There are one or two around which are very prevalent, but fortunately not too destructive, that can get into some versions of Internet Explorer without you needing even to open the file that brings it in. This known weakness can be plugged by downloading a free file from Microsoft.

For more on this, try separate Google searches for "wscript" and "help.vbs".


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: GUEST,finch.alan@btinternet.com
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 11:54 AM

I have just installed Windows 2000 professional and when I am using the Digital Tradition program Off-line I cannot hear tunes. It is OK when on the site live. Any ideas?

Alan


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 11:35 AM

OK - I couldn't figure out what Notepad had to do with it, but I think I understand now. Sort of. I'm easily confused anyway, and had visions of disaster...


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: GUEST,andi
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 11:22 AM

Jeri,

He is merely check ing to see if he has them . then going to windows set up to uninstall and reinstall notepad. THe notepad.exe will merely run note pad, if it is not working correctly, ie not displaying links running it would not help. I do computer tech support for a living and would not asked anyone whose computer expertise I was not sure about to either mess with cabs or reinstall windows. but making sure you have the tools before you start a repair is the responsible thing to do. The notepad file can be uninstallled and reinstalled from windows set up ( found in the tabs accross the top of the add/remove programs section of controll panel). you go to the accessories section ( double clicking on the word accessories and take the check mark out of notepad click ok and yes if you get the littledialogue box saying are you sure, the apply then yes when asked to to restart. you will restart back in to controll panel. if you are not alredy there go back to accessories and put the check mark back into notepad and click ok and restart . If that does not fix it take it to a professional. andi ps, Jerri sorry for any confusion I caused you. I wa merely trying not to get ahead of the game before I found out if we had the tools to fix this. I would prefer to find out first rather than have him uninstall note pad and then find out we can't reinstall.


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 11:06 AM

Kendall, Notepad - probably 'C:\Windows\Notepad.exe' - is a program used to read text files, and is one of the more useful programs I have. It's what normally opens all the 'readme' files that come with programs, it's what I use to 'View\Source' in MSIE so I can steal people's HTML. Don't screw with the .cab files unless you want to risk messing Windows up more than it is. Come to think of it, reinstalling Windows may be a last resort. (Well, reformatting your hard drive would be a last resort, but that's awful drastic.)


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: GUEST,andi
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 11:00 AM

You need note pad because with out it the links won't work. If you have 100's of cab files you are looking for the windows ones. Which operating system are you using? If you have win 95 do a search for win98.cab. If you have win98 use, win98.cab. win95 has 35 cab files plus precopy one and precopy two and win 98 has about 70 plus precopy one and precopy two. if you have those you're set. andi


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: GUEST,andi
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 10:50 AM


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Bill D
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 10:48 AM

I had almost the identical problem a couple days ago, but all it seemed to be was that I had some sort of memory problem....I cleared caches, re-booted and it went away.

Now, there ARE Windows "temp" files and such that get very large and, I think, become part of the memory problem...ordinarily, anything in C:\windows\temp can be deleted, thus clearing space, if nothing else.

Still, as Max so eloquently said, re-booting generally clears these situations.

Do you have any helper application...like Norton Utilities?...and do you de-frag semi-regularly?


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: kendall
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 08:49 AM

Why do I need notepad anyway?


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: kendall
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 08:36 AM

there are scores of files with the cab prefix, how do I know which is which?


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Gareth
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 08:35 AM

Kendall - only 1514 souls were lost when the RMS "TITANIC" went down.

Personally I always clean out the internet and temp file cr*p at least once a week - it may give me the minor hassel of resetting cookies - but it keeps it running smooth.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: kendall
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 08:25 AM

But, Amos, it was running just fine, then, suddenly, it developed a problem. Come to think of it, that's what they said about the Titanic.

OK, andi, I'll have a go at that.Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Amos
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 01:22 AM

Geezis, Kendall, whyncha just get a machine that works for you instead of making you work for it? Mebbe an IMac or one of them new G3s would keep you humming with much less down time. You know darn well mass consensus is almost a sure sign of mediocre compromise, now don'cha??

A


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: GUEST,andi
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 11:49 PM

if all those don't work, you may have to reinstall notepad. This is a common problem and it is usually fixed by uninstalling and reinstalling notepad from the windows disk. ( if you don't have that check for the Cab file by going to find , files or folders, and do a search for *cab) andi


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: kendall
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 03:11 PM

Thanks, I'll try anything once, except, maybe incest or Morris Dancing...


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Amergin
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 02:29 PM

try going to the control panel and then add/remove programs...and double click on microsoft interne explorer...and select the repair option...something in it may have gotten corrupted...or do a search for temporary internet files...and just empty all of those out...

though if you use nitscrape...try creating a new profile...


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 02:14 PM

ya... sounds very famillair... just shut it down, and restart it... you might need to ctrl-alt-del to really close it down totally...

you'll be fine...

;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: kendall
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 02:11 PM

Thanks for the tips so far, all I get is "This program is not responding etc.


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 01:40 PM

This occasionally happens to me in Nutscrape... I cn right click and open in a new window, but I can't left click... I have to close the program with the "Close Program" dialogue... this happens mostly when I'm surfing lots of graphically heavy sites in lots of windows... or if I interrupt the loading of a java app or script... Kinda a pain, but not the end of the world...


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 10:44 AM

Another idea - maybe your computers eaten to many threads and it's time for a virtual purge. You may want to clear your cache.

Since you have clicky problems:

CLEARING YOUR BROWSER CACHE
In MSIE (Microsoft Internet Explorer):

  • On the "tools" menu at the top of your browser, select "Internet Options."
  • On the general tab, you will see a button that says "clear history" - click it.
  • Still on "tools/Internet Options/general," click on the "delete files" button
  • Then click on the "OK" button on the bottom of the grey box, and your browser should be clear of all old files. That should solve most problems.

In Netscape:

  • Go to the "edit" menu on the top of your browser and select "preferences." In the box that opens, make sure you go first to the "Navigator" category, and then click the "clear history" button.
  • Then go to the "Advanced" category, still in the same box, and click on the little "plus" sign before the word "advanced." the word "cache" will appear below "Advanced" - click on "cache."
  • Click on the "clear memory cache" and then on the "clear disk cache" buttons.
  • then click on the "OK" button on the bottom of the grey box, and your browser should be clear of all old files. That should solve most problems.


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Subject: RE: Help: computer problem
From: Max
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 10:35 AM

reboot


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Subject: computer problem
From: kendall
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 10:10 AM

Suddenly, without warning, I am unable to open any links. I click on the blue clicky, the dotted outline appears, then it just lays there. Any ideas?


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