In article , TELECOM Digest Editor wrote:
The Microsoft-standard troubleshooting and repair script for all problems:1) Exit the program and re-start it. Did that fix the problem? (If yes, you're done.) 2) Re-install the software, and re-start it. Did that fix the problem? (If yes, you're done.) 3) Re-install the operating system, re-start it. Re-install the application and start it. Did that fix the problem? (If yes, you're done.) 4) Sorry. Must be a hardware problem. [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I know you meant to tell a funny story but sorry, it was not all that funny. I have done numbers 1 and 2 above; am not inclined to do number 3, and it is _not_ number 4 since the hardware, which is in common to both the Linux stuff inside the computer and the Windows 2000 stuff is working fine. The problem still exists and I am still struggling with it, however there is one more piece of news in this process of elimination: Although Internet Explorer will not start up when the 'administrator' user is on line, I also created a user known as 'ptownson' and IE works fine on that 'user' account; just not on the administrator's account which is what I usually use.
The problem (for those of you who missed my special mailing on it, is that (in the admin account) when I click on the icon for IE 6.0 it stalls a few seconds, then _very briefly_ flashes up the browser program with a blank 'home page' then after a second or less zaps it away. If I wish to use the IE browser, I can go in through a 'back door' such as any page which presents a bunch of files, for example 'search' or 'desktop', move my mouse up to the address line and then manually edit the destination line and get to my 'home page' or any URL desired. But the clicker on my desktop will not work, nor will any link to click on which relies on IE getting open. Mozilla, which is another desktop icon works just fine, click on it, get my 'home page' and go to wherever. Now, if I could set the various program defaults so that Outlook Express for example and other programs currently relying on IE to operate instead went to Mozilla to operate, I suppose I could just write off IE entirely _when using the administrator account_ on my Windows 2000. By the way, when I use the 'ptownson' account on the same machine, everything works fine. What am I overlooking in the admin account? What about read/write permissions on the 'home page'? It goes to look for the home page, sees the permissions won't allow it to be read, so it closes down and goes away? What is the exact directory location in DOS where I can find that file? Something like C:\\documents and settings\\administrator\\something else? Clues are welcome. Look at the special request message in the special mailing Friday afternoon and see if you can help me. PAT]