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error messages

by Justeau / May 30, 2004 1:54 AM PDT

error messages:
spool32 error in KERNEL32.dll
no printer port found

other issues:
win.ini does not come up in search.
no com3 or com4 showing in system.

I'm trying to install a printer (USB port) hp officejet 5500. Printer box in control panel shows no printer, but when I try to install it sez it's already installed.(the files are in temp file)
what do I do now?

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Re:error messages (no WIN.INI)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 30, 2004 3:21 AM PDT
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Re:Re:error messages (no WIN.INI)
by Justeau / May 31, 2004 1:45 AM PDT

thanks, still getting "spool32" error and "no printer ports found" any suggestions?

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Tell what was done.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 31, 2004 2:17 AM PDT

While you did write "Thanks", there is no indication of what's been done. I'm blind here, so you have to write gritty details about every step you take.


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Re:Tell what was done.
by Justeau / May 31, 2004 3:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Tell what was done.

I got instructions from sugested site and:
went to msconfig.. hit ok
clicked startup tab and unchecked statemgr..apply ..ok
restart msconfig..ok
extractfile...typed Win.ini in specify box..start
restore from ..typed C:\windows\options\install\CAB
Got response: file was not found
went to browse found C:\windows\options\install

Install[1file folder] and CABS [a different file folder] both under options, both empty as far as I could tell.

I tried again using browse and each separate folder, same response. I even tried C:\windows\options

any suggestions?

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So no WIN.INI?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 1, 2004 12:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:Tell what was done.

I hope you see that we lost a few days on this one.

You need a WIN.INI. Or if you have one, share what's in it. Here's an example on how to restore WIN.INI (it's the same as ME), but you may have to install the printer driver again and other items. May beat having to re-install the OS.

In closing. System Restore could restore an older Win.ini from when it worked, but SR is "unreliable" too. notes how to restore an older copy. (Read the article, then go to the next link.)


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Re:So no WIN.INI?
by Justeau / June 1, 2004 1:13 AM PDT
In reply to: So no WIN.INI?

had to make a cemetary run.

System restore is not working.

How can I be absolutely sure there is no Win.ini file?

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Re:Re:So no WIN.INI?
by Justeau / June 1, 2004 1:41 AM PDT
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I went into winfile (icon like a file cabinet) found win.ini (icon like sheet of paper with corner turned down) also found win.bak, win.--- and (this will get me to the dos prompt)

None of these files come up through start\search\for files or folders. how come?

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It's "Explorer."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 1, 2004 4:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:Re:So no WIN.INI?

One of my (repeated) lamentations is that Explorer is NOT a file or directory browser. It's something else. Winfile, for better or worse, even with its limitations at least didn't hide files (unless marked hidden.)

This is why I use command line tools still.


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