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Spookie



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:27 am    Post subject:

Hi Gnomies!

I really hope that someone can tell me how to fix my left clicker!! It doesn't work on SOME hyper-links, (especially those on LG forum pages, but on some other sites, too); in order to open the stubborn ones, I have to right-click>open in new window in order to get to the link!

I went to "Windows BBS Forums", and they suggested that IE6 might need "repaired" and or re-installed, so I followed the instructions they provided, but I STILL can't rely on my left clicking abilities!

It's very possible that I might not have understood their instructions, as I'm not very proficient in troubleshooting.......will someone PLEASE tell me what else I can try to fix my IE6-SP-1, so that I can left-click once again.....it's such a pain to have to do the right-click>open in new window method......it's not that I'm lazy, it's just that it takes more time!

Oh, BTW, I checked, and my mouse IS operating correctly....I DID remember how to check peripheral devices.....now if only I could get hyper-links to work with a left-click, I'd be one happy lady-gnomie!

Thanks in advance for ANY and all suggestions....just use LOTS of details.

Gratefully,
Spookie :huh:
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bigd1



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:35 am    Post subject:

I would try another mouse first.

It seems to me that Charles posted a fix for this recently, but I could be wrong.
See what the "horse" has to say.

Dick
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horsecharles



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2004 9:53 am    Post subject:

Thanx for the thought, bigd, but i'm stumped...

Hi spookie, don't say that, you silly goose, you ARE Very Proficient in troubleshooting!!

to understand better, you are at the WINXP computer, you can left-click normally in windows(what happens when you're offline in windows explorer & click on a web page you've saved already?), you get same results when you substitute another mouse as bigd asks(don't even waste your time looking for proper driver unless it's already listed & not a hassle, generic MS will do)?
AND ALL links you left-click do not respond(if it was just some of them, i'd check some security settings, but i remember you've done this in the past-- they're not set too high to affect this)

When you check file types: start / settings / folder options / file types / html(hint: hit letter I to scroll faster to that) / opens with IExplore there?

Do you have MS Money or have you installed any IEAK versions 5-6? here's ms article on that(msmoney is separate article but same fix): http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;EN-US;Q281679

the following files / versions are what you should have for XP(right-click, properties, version):
Asycfilt.dll (3.50.5014.0)
Oleaut32.dll (3.50.5014.0)
Stdole2.tlb (2.10.3027.1)
Olepro32.dll (5.0.5014)

I would check for malware like you've done before...

Repairing the very latest version if IE is less likely to fix problem than uninstalling & clean installing-- i would do this(too late this time) in the following order(whichever one you have):
1. run one of these: system mechanic / norton utilities / jv16 / spybot with the file sets option checked in settings of advanced mode / etc. / as a last-gasp fix it before:
2. uninstalling IE, this tool makes it real simple: http://www.litepc.com/ (And this app will serve you well for other tasks in the future-- like pruning system of unwanted stuff, reinstalling without having to boot to/or use cd, etc.) To be safe, make sure you have all userid's & pw's handy beforehand: you can do it real easy with this utility(run it BEFORE AND save log file to another location!!): http://members.lycos.co.uk/nirsoft1/ scroll down to Protected Storage Pass View-- everyone should have this utility, very handy... i would also export your oe account settings, address book<& re-import afterwards> and backup to another location Application Data folder(holds all mail for all identities), & whatever other folders you do not want to lose: Cookies(for banking, auto-logins, etc.) Favorites, History(if you need), Links(easier to copy these over to favorites), and very important, the Downloaded Program Files folder(holds all browser plugins-- you may have to right-click & re-register any w/ damaged status)

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Rons



Joined: Dec 07, 2002
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2004 1:00 pm    Post subject:

Try this also - Internet Options - Advanced tab and click on Restore Defaults. <_<

Another option - try a different browser like Mozilla and see what happens.
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Miz



Joined: Dec 09, 2002
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2004 2:26 pm    Post subject:

If all else fails, try the steps in the MS KB article, You Cannot Open New Internet Explorer Window or Nothing Happens After ... Click .
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johngrsr



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2004 9:41 pm    Post subject:

1. Quit all programs that are running.
2. Click Start, and then click Run.
3. Type regsvr32 urlmon.dll, and then click OK.
(Note the space between the two expressions.)
4. When you receive the "DllRegisterServer in urlmon.dll succeeded" message, click OK.

If this does not resolve the problem, repeat steps 2 through 4 for each of the following files (in step 3, replace Urlmon.dll with each of the file names below):

Shdocvw.dll
Msjava.dll
Actxprxy.dll
Oleaut32.dll
Mshtml.dll
Browseui.dll
Shell32.dll
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ploesch



Joined: Aug 22, 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 12:46 am    Post subject:

Create a BAT file with the expressions below:

regsvr32 urlmon.dll
regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll
regsvr32 Msjava.dll
regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll
regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 Mshtml.dll
regsvr32 Browseui.dll
regsvr32 Shell32.dll

Then run the bat file

This is exactly what johngrsr suggests, but it saves alot of typing. I had essentially the same problem as you this morning, and this fixed it right up. I didn't think of making the bat file until after I had done all the typeing, but I tested with the bat file and it worked just fine.
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Spookie



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 6:45 am    Post subject:

Hi Gnomies!

I really hate to ask even more stupid questions, but I'm so darn good at it Wink .....Here goes.......

To ploesch.....why do I want to make a BAT file; what IS a BAT file, and how do I make one????? (See...I told you I had stupid questions!!)

To horsecharles, Miz and johngrsr.....I did all of the steps you suggested after I copied the directions from Microsoft's site this past Saturday.....I think I did everything listed in the "Resolutions" section; however, I'm willing to try doing it all again. It's possible that I missed something.....I still have the problem!

To horsecharles......you listed some "right-click properties", (I think that's how you referred to them)......is it safe to assume that they'll check things that the other things didn't? I'm also going to scan with SpyBot S&D again, making sure to use the settings you suggested, and I'm also going to run AdAware and jv16....just in case!! I'm going to download the other utilities that you suggested, too.

To Rons....I'll take your suggestions, too!

Now for my FINAL stupid question........since it seems like this problem started shortly after I downloaded the MS Critical Update KB832483 on 1/17/04, and since I created a System Restore Point before, if I just backed up to that Restore Point, would I lose everything else that was updated since then, (e.g. AdAware updates; AV program updates; other security fixes that the MS Baseline Security Analyzer told me I needed from Windows Update site)????

What will I lose if I just do a System Restore.......I know that I need all the practice I can get with this troubleshooting stuff, but if I wouldn't lose anything important by just going back to BEFORE I installed KB832483, it sure seems like I'd save a LOT of time!

What do all of you think?

Thanks again for your suggestions.....while I'm waiting for your replies, I'll be looking for spyware.

Wish me luck!

Gratefully,
Spookie :huh:
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horsecharles



Joined: Sep 24, 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 11:06 am    Post subject:

spookie:

right-clicking a dll / properties / version / would quickly have told you if you had the latest version installed by comparing that number to the ones listed...

Here's a gui way of using regserver, but it won't save you work like the batch file, it's one at a time(unless if you had all those dll's in one location-- you could highlight them all and drag them over in one step)-- if you download SWBRegsvr, put shorcut on desktop, & open program: http://www.zdnetindia.com/downloads/checkp...wnloadid=906652 : now in another window next to open program you highlight the dlls and drag them to THE LOCKED SIDE to register them, to undo this process you would drag them to UNLOCKED SIDE...

But put all this aside for a moment: you substituted another mouse & have updated driver, you did everything in that MS article, in file types html has iexplore listed, and you can left-click an offline web page, your security settings are not severely high, you certified no malware with adaware AND spybot AND your hosts file has nothing unusual in there, you reinstalled IE--

then the ONLY SURE recourse imo left, is to roll back if possible, the XP patch you mentioned, or clean your system of any possibly corrupted IE versions(including install files) & possibly corrupted pagefile, then either clean-install version on cd or download an entire clean version, install it, double-check those dlls to make sure they're properly registered,,,
if that doesn't do it, then a repair or reinstall of windows could be in order(you could also try reinstalling mouse software):

I would do a find & empty all Temp folders manually(cleanup apps do not always do this completely) you would right-click each & explore, click edit, select ALL, press delete(you may get a message that one 0 kb file cannot be deleted, ignore & press ok) Do another find & delete all ie6* install/setup files(you want to catch the ones left in temp files, and you just did by cleaning temp folders). I would also clear the pagefile: Start > Control panel > Administrative tools > local security policy > Local policies > security options: > "Shutdown: Clear Virtual Memory Pagefile" right click then Properties + enable and then hit Apply button. NOTE: This will increase your shutdown time while the process takes place. Then clean install IE6...

I have a question for all you XP gurus: is there any chance of some service not enabled/started or whose startup type (properties) is not on automatic? To Wit:
(( control panel / Computer Management / Services and Applications ??? ))


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will8670



Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 212



PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 11:54 am    Post subject:

Hi all,

just a little bit thinking :

when you left click IE tries to open in the same window, if you click right you choose another window. Spookie mentioned that especially the links in our forum don't work, but they all try to launch a new window.

Has this noting to do wit the internet/options setting 'reuse window' ?
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horsecharles



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:15 pm    Post subject:

i'm gulity of not getting question correctly-- until will just pointed out now ('bout that setting: eehhh :unsure): i was thinking ALL left clicks...
any security software or firewall setting to block bad or spam sites? do you have popup blocker set to allow for the non-functional sites?
would you like to post your hosts file (hijack, notepad, whatever you wish) or is it pretty much empty?

re: restore, yeah you would need to re-update-- but since this is ongoing process anyhow, you don't lose anything but a smidge of time- with the ones you mentioned...

might as well try the restore...
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Rons



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:42 pm    Post subject:

Agree-do a restore. Wink
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ploesch



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 6:34 pm    Post subject:

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To ploesch.....why do I want to make a BAT file; what IS a BAT file, and how do I make one?????  (See...I told you I had stupid questions!!)

Spookie,

OK, you don't need the BAT file, it will just save you some typing, and you can save it for future use. A BAT file is short for BATch file, and is generally used for scripts or commands you want to run on a regular basis on your computer.

Everything about BATch files.

They are basically a text file, that contains commands that the computer can interpret.

So to create a BATch file you'll need to create a new text document, right-click the desktop where there are no icons, and choose NEW, TEXT DOCUMENT. Call it whatever you want. Open it, and paste the text.

Now you need to change the extension to be .BAT. If you don't know how to do that, This site explains it beter than I could. Just read the last couple paragraphs.

Like I said, it will just save you some typing, and the accompanying mistakes, and you can save it for future use.

EDIT-
I just tried the batch file for this on A Windows 98 system, and it didn't work. I get bad command errors, so, I'm sorry, you'll have to type the commands in win 98. It does work in XP though, at least it did for me.
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ploesch



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 7:31 pm    Post subject:

I found this works for win98. Create the BATch file as mentioned above, and then copy this stuff into the file.

Code:

c:\windows\system\regsvr32 urlmon.dll
c:\windows\system\regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll
c:\windows\system\regsvr32 Msjava.dll
c:\windows\system\regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll
c:\windows\system\regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll
c:\windows\system\regsvr32 Mshtml.dll
c:\windows\system\regsvr32 Browseui.dll


In windows 98, this will cause them to run, and save you the typing, and allow you to save it for future use. Notice Shell32.dll is omitted, it doesn't exist in Win98, running it gives an error, but won't cause any damage.
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usasma



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 7:43 pm    Post subject:

I ran into batch file problems due to the difference between the XP Command Prompt (cmd.exe) and the DOS Prompt (command.com). Takes some work (and other gnomies help) to get it to work right!
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horsecharles



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2004 10:20 pm    Post subject:

how's it going, spookie?
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gsterry



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:34 pm    Post subject:

Quote:
how's it going, spookie?

I think she's temporarily neglected us to get caught up on e-mail Wink
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horsecharles



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2004 11:56 pm    Post subject:

Napoleon had a real interesting theory re time management: he would purposefully let mail & periodicals accumulate for a month-- if at that time a particular piece still held relevance to him, he would pick it up and read it...

Meantime, i just found this: Xteq COM Register Extension at http://www.xteq.com/downloads/index.html#comr --- allows right-clicking file(s) to register or unregister...
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gsterry



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2004 12:09 pm    Post subject:

Wow, talk about overdue bills Sad
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Spookie



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2004 4:10 pm    Post subject:

Sad
Hi Gnomies;

I'm so sorry for not responding in a more timely manner, but we've been going through a very serious problem with our VERY-MUCH-LOVED dog, Sugar Bear. I haven't been doing much on the computer lately.....it's been about a week or so since I did anything except pray......I didn't even cook or clean much........just prayed and cried....and prayed and cried some more.

I'll just comment briefly, as this is very difficult for me, but our 13.5 year old, diabetic and loyal friend, Sugar Bear, just got home this past Wednesday after a 10 day stay in the ICU at the vets.....we took him in after he suddenly became paralyzed in both right paws on 1/26/04. After determining that he hadn't slipped a disc, or had an infection, or any arthritis by having X-rays, blood work, etc.; and learning from the vet that dogs don't have strokes, (which is what we thought had happened), he told us that Sugar Bear PROBABLY has some sort of a tumor or injury to his spinal cord. Because of his advanced age, diabetes, arthritis, etc., surgery was too risky......but, they were able to give him cortisone, antibiotics, and then anti-inflammatory medication. After 3 days, he regained about 70% of the use of his right legs.....his actual paws "buckle under" when he walks.....he actually walks on the top of his right paws if we don't straighten them out for him. His appetite isn't quite back to normal, and it's very difficult to keep his diabetes regulated.

That's all I can manage to say right now.......I only ask that anyone who reads this....even if you don't like dogs....or me.....or whatever......PLEASE SAY SOME PRAYERS FOR SUGAR BEAR.......we humans can only do so much here....he's in God's hands now.

Thank you for listening and understanding.....and I'm especially grateful for any of you who will take time to pray for him.......thank you.

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