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March 29, 2002 1:38:16 AM

There seems to be a bug in Windows 98 SE where when loading a program that requires the insertion of the Windows cd. After inserting the windows 98 cd, an error message comes up saying that it can't find the files that it is looking for. there is an option of just skipping the file, which i usually just do. Sometimes the program runs, other times it does not. Still, The bug is EXTREMELPY annoying. Is there anyway to fix it?

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March 29, 2002 3:03:22 AM

What program are you talking about, and which files does the error message list as missing?

If that was a bug in Win98, nothing would load during startup that required any of the system files.

It sounds like you may be missing, or have some corrupted files needed for a single program.

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March 29, 2002 3:06:14 AM

it happened when trying to install a printer and a webcam

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March 29, 2002 3:50:31 AM

He's refering to setting up drivers and such when it asks for the CD but it can never find wtf your looking for on it because all the files are in CABs. I guess it can't search through the CABs or something but it's annoying as hell.

I've ripped all the cabs and put all 6,000+ files into a CD so i don't have to deal with that problem anymore hehe.

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March 29, 2002 5:56:22 AM

Well, it was one of two things. Either he had installed a program that loaded at startup and kinda half-way deleted it, or it was about a driver or a program that needed a Windows file not normally found in an uncompressed folder. This could be because of an interrupted installation, a badly written program, or again ... because of a botched attempt at deleting a program.

You know how it goes.

Figuring out which file that showed up in the error message, and knowing the name of the program would go a long way toward helping him locate the file, even if it was in a CAB.

I also have all the CAB files extracted onto a CD. Nothing else really makes any sense, unless you've got a CAB file viewer and are willing to drag the whole mess onto the hard drive. I guess we all come to that conclusion, eventually.

Now I know the error was about a printer and a webcam. Okay, that's good. We've narrowed it down to two different drivers (or the bundled software), either one that might be at fault.

My next question would be, which printer and webcam? And again, which file came up as missing? Which devices are functional, and which are not?

So .. do you want to drag it out of him, Zlash, or should I? LOL!

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March 29, 2002 2:53:08 PM

From the first post it looks like he can't find the right files on the windows CD and is skipping them hehe.

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March 30, 2002 1:19:14 PM

You have tried clicking 'browse' and navigating to the win directory on the cd?
March 30, 2002 2:31:35 PM

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I also have all the CAB files extracted onto a CD. Nothing else really makes any sense, unless you've got a CAB file viewer and are willing to drag the whole mess onto the hard drive. I guess we all come to that conclusion, eventually.

I know it sounds messy but after a clean OS install, the first thing I do is copy the CAB files to my HDD. This is in case I run into an error reading the CD, or just for a matter of convience. Changing out CD's is a drag for me, especially when I sometimes forget where I left the darn thing.


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March 30, 2002 3:08:57 PM

I do the same thing for a new user, especially if the system comes with a system recovery disk, instead of an actual installation CD. The good old Windows\Options\CABS directory.

And, of course, expecting for a customer to locate "that" CD, well ... it doesn't always work out. Not everyone is particularly organized! :wink:

I'd still like to know which printer and web-cam No1kung1 was trying to install. Technical support is a fairly exact science, and my ESP potential is awfully low.

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March 30, 2002 5:12:10 PM

That's the problem, it doesn't work that way =).

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March 30, 2002 5:15:42 PM

I've heard everyone just say copy the cab files onto the HD but i never got around to it hehe. But if the cab files are on the HD, windows will actually look through the cab files if you point it to that folder unlike on the cd?

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March 30, 2002 5:26:33 PM

The problem is that Win98 is a dumb bunny, and even if you direct it toward the CAB that contains the file you need, it may not find it. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. So the file may need to be extracted manually.

Whether this is on the hard drive or not really doesn't matter, although while on the CD, the CAB files have a Read Only attribute which can be irritating.

This means you need some kind of CAB file viewer, and a way to extract the file.

This <A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q129605" target="_new">link</A> might be helpful in a situation like this. Or a third-party tool can be obtained to do the same thing. Just a simple search for a CAB File Viewer can bring up a lot of links for this kind of software.

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April 1, 2002 11:25:04 PM

sorry i haven't responded, but i have been away for easter.
The printer is the HP deskjet 970Cse and the webcam is the Logitech QuickCam

However, i think you guys have solved my problem. Copying the CAB files seems to fix the problem, thanks alot.

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