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Why does Web page cause 'Scripting Error'?


© St. Petersburg Times, published November 9, 1998

Q. When I am in Internet Explorer and load the site I want, a window comes up stating "Internet Explorer Script Error -- An error has occurred in the script on this page. The script operation has been canceled." Then it says "Scripting Error 800706bf." The next line has a check box and says "Ignore further script errors in this page," followed by a box with "OK" inside. When I click "OK", the window goes away and I can read my article as if nothing happened.

A. The Internet page that you are accessing contains script code (either VBScript or JavaScript) that cannot be interpreted correctly by Internet Explorer. If you are not already using IE 4.01, you may want to upgrade to that version to see whether this resolves the error. You also may want to contact the Web master of that page (if possible) to let him know that the script was not compatible with your version of IE.

Q. I downloaded a program from the Web to install a screen saver. When I click on its icon, instead of opening the program, I get a message saying: C\Secrets.zip is not a valid Win 32 application. What can I do to make the program work?

A. The file you downloaded is in a "'zipped" format. In other words, it is several files compressed into one. You will need to "'unzip" it before it can be used. You can download an evaluation copy of WinZip at www.WinZip.com.

Q. While still using Windows 95, I installed a 5.7 gigabyte hard disk. Only 2.1 GB was recognized. After upgrading to Windows 98 and making the conversion to FAT32, still only 2.1 GB was recognized. Your Sept. 14 answer said that Win98 would allow the conversion without reformatting and reloading.

A. To clear up the confusion: Yes, Win98 will convert from FAT16 to FAT32 without a reload/reformat. However, to make the current 2.1 GB partition "'stretch" to the 5.7 GB capacity of your hard disk, you will have to FDISK the entire disk (delete the existing partition) and create a new 5.7 GB primary partition. Of course this will require a reload of your data. Remember that the FDISK must be the version that is located on your Windows 98 Startup disk that you created during the initial install. There is a way to avoid the reload, but it requires a third party utility like Partition Magic from PowerQuest (PowerQuest.com). This utility will allow you to stretch your current 2.1 GB partition to your disk's maximum without a reload or reformat. Partition Magic sells for about $69.

Q. I had a 6.4-gigabyte hard disk installed in my computer. I am running Windows 95 version 4.00.950. After receiving it from the shop, I have three partitions on my hard disk: C, D and E. The technician said it had to be partitioned to run correctly because the software wasn't written to recognize a hard disk larger than 2.1 gigs.

A. That is not entirely true. Your version of Windows 95 cannot "'see" partitions greater than 2.1 gigs. However, the Windows 95 OSR2 version can (as well as Windows 98). This requires that the new disk be formatted (actually FDISK, then FORMAT) with either Windows 95-B (OSR2) or Windows 98 and then loaded with your software. There are various ways to do this and should be easy for a professional computer shop. Multiple disk partitions are limiting and confusing for most home PC users.

Q. I have OSR2/95 and cannot find anything that comes close to SCANREG. Is this on the installation disk?

A. Sorry, SCANREG is part of Windows 98. SCANREG will examine/repair/restore your Windows registry file, and in my opinion, is one of the best new features of Windows 98.

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