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    A DIFFERENT VBE6.DLL BOMB (Excel 2000)

    Originally, I was getting the "invalid page fault in module VBE6.dll" only after an error msg showing an invalid page fault in adobepdfmaker. For that, I reloaded Adobe Acrobat 5.0, and reinstalled Excel and Word (got the same msgs. in both). I no longer receive an error msg involving adobe.

    However, I am still getting this msg. in Excel (and Word). I can open the file with no problems, and I can save. It is only when closing the program that this msg. comes up.

    If I don't reboot, the next time I go in to Excel, I get a msg that says that the "Personal.xls", which I believe is the macro file, is already open and asks me if I want to be notified, etc. I click on 'Cancel', and my file opens just fine.

    I certainly would like to stop rebooting my machine every time I go into and out of Excel or Word, though.

    Any suggestions anyone?

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    Re: A DIFFERENT VBE6.DLL BOMB (Excel 2000)

    Hi Julia

    I see you've posted on this problem before and have received advice for most of the options.

    If you are looking for a quick workaround, try pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del after you've exited Word or Excel. You may well see that Winword.exe or Excel.exe is still running. Highight the file and choose "End Process". This should enable you to avoid the reboot scenario.

    I haven't worked much with adobepdfmaker, but, if you haven't created your own Personal.xls file, then Adobe has probably created it for you. You may wish to check the file creation date of both this file and that of the Word template that Adobe created for you (something like PDFWriter.dot). If these date back to your original installation, then the present problem may be a residual hangover from then.

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    Re: A DIFFERENT VBE6.DLL BOMB (Excel 2000)

    Thanks, Wassim,
    I read the previous entries and noticed that I hadn't re-installed Excel or Word - I had just run Norton Sys Works, so perhaps I need to do that whole thing.
    I will use the Ctrl/Alt/Del - hadn't thought of that.
    I'll check the Personal.xls, too.

    Many thanks,

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    Re: A DIFFERENT VBE6.DLL BOMB (Excel 2000)

    Julia

    Glad to have been of help. Just a bit puzzled though: if you look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showprofile.pl?Cat=&User=Wassim&Board=xl&what=wwwt hreads&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=0>Wassim's</A> profile and you look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showprofile.pl?Cat=&User=unkamunka&Number=103707&B oard=xl&what=showflat&page=&view=&sb=&o=&fpart=1&v c=1>mine</A>, you'll see (I think) that we are two completely different people in different parts of the world <img src=/S/clown.gif border=0 alt=clown width=15 height=15>!
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    VBE6.DLL: Uninstalling Excel/Word

    Oops! Not paying attention! So Sorry.

    I looked at uninstalling Excel and Word, and realized why I hadn't done that - I can't do it separately - I have to uninstall all of Office 2000 - they are not listed separately in Add/Remove. But I guess that may be the only way to do this

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    Re: VBE6.DLL: Uninstalling Excel/Word

    Julia

    I presume that you're also running other Office 2000 applications - such as Outlook. You don't have to uninstall those as well. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Once you start the Add/Remove applet in Control Panel, there is an Add/Remove feature in Office itself. Click on the Word and Excel features and select the Red X for "Not Available". That should remove just those two applications. It's safer to reboot <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> before you reinstall. Hopefully, that will sort things out.

    You didn't say whether your Personal.xls and PDFWriter(?).dot dated back to your original Adobe installation or not. If they do, and IF you're still having problems, you may have to think about reinstalling Adobe. If you do so, after you've deinstalled, check to see that these two files have also been removed. If they have not, move them out of their folders (XLSTART and Templates, respectively). Check also in your Application Data/Microsoft/AddIns to see whether Adobe has put any *.xla (Excel AddIn) files there. (They are likely to have the same creation dates as the other files.) Good luck!

    HTH
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    PDF .dot & .xla files

    Well,
    I did as you suggested and ran the add/remove and clicked on the "Not Available" for Word and Excel. Then did a reboot, then reinstalled them. Thanks for reminding me of this feature!

    The very next time I went into Excel, it did everything just fine as usual, but when I closed the program itself, it again gave me the VBE6.DLL bomb msg. When I went back in, again, it gave me the msg re the Personal.xls file. However, I was incorrect when I told you it said it was open - it says it is "locked for editing".

    I then checked my .dot & .xla files. Here is the scoop, but I am a bit confused as to what to do with them. After reading your msg. a little more carefully, it looks like I should have deleted them after I uninstalled, which I will re-do, of course.

    However, I am a little confused with the dates and the similar names. Here is what I show with a 'find' in Explorer:
    PDFWriter97.dot in C?Program FilesMSOfficeOfficeSTARTUP, file date 6/9/97
    PDFWriter97.dot, same location, file date 8/10/01
    PDFMaker.dot, C:ProgramFilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeSTARTUP, file date 3/15/01
    PDFMaker.dot, C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 5.0PDFMaker, file date 3/15/01
    PDFMakerA.dot, C:Program FileAdobeAcrobat 5.0PDFMakerOfficer97, file date 3/15/01
    PDFMakerA.dot, C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 5.0PDFMakerOffice2000, file date 3/15/01
    all of these have numerous ~$F...dot files as shortcuts, as well

    PDFMakerA.xla, c:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 5.0PDFMaker, file date 3/15/01
    PDFMaker.xla, same location, file date 3/15/01
    PDFWriter.xla, c:Program FilesMSOfficeOfficeXLStart, file date 6/6/99
    PDFMaker.xla, same locations, file date 12/31/01

    What confuses me (at least one of the things that confuses me), is that I didn't purchase Adobe Acrobat 5.0 until 7/26/01. I did, of course, have an Acrobat Reader, but?

    So what do I do with all these files? I ignore all the PDF 'Maker' files, concentrate only on the PDF 'Writer' files. Uninstall, then delete them, reboot and then reinstall? What about the "~" file shortcuts?

    Oh, and yes, I am running MS Office 2000 Professional.
    It sure is wonderful to have you people around. Not only helpful, but a real learning experience as well. Hopefully, some of this will remain in the grey matter and be capable of being tied in to other needs down the line.

    Thank you,

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    Re: PDF .dot & .xla files

    Julia

    It looks like you've got the relics of 2 Adobe installations sitting on your hard drive. (Windows generally doesn't accept two files with exactly the same name. Thus, I infer that half of the "PDF...." files you mention have an "A" just before the "." Generally, when an installation program finds something there that has the same name as the file its about to install, it either renames the existing file or it alters the name that it's about to use. (On your other question, in the case of the "PDF...." file dates, those probably were held on the installation CD or program and that is why they predate your installation of Acrobat 5.0.) The substance of my question was really more directed to the Personal.xls file - although I did not make that clear enough.

    The "locked for editing" is the expression used for what ordinary people would describe as "already open". You can get the same message if you open Internet Explorer and use it to open an Excel file. If you tap IE's "Back" button and then try to open Excel. IE will still be holding your Personal.xls file (and Excel) in memory (for you to switch "Forward") by keeping the program open. You will be told Personal.xls is "locked for editing" when you open Excel - even though IE doesn't have an Excel file open.

    As a first step towards reinstalling Acrobat 5.0, deinstall using Acrobat's own deinstall routine - probably available in the Acrobat folder in your Start Menu. For caution, reboot and check whether those "PDF..." files are still there. If they are, park them somewhere else. I THINK you've confirmed that you didn't create your Personal.xls file. IF you don't have any other third-party Excel AddIns that could have put it there, then move your Personal.xls file out of its folder as well. After all that, reach for your Acrobat 5.0 reinstall and see whether things have finally cleared up. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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    Re: VBE6.DLL: Uninstalling Excel/Word

    You can selectively uninstall parts of Office, I do it all the time. They do not appear as separate programs in Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs though. You have to click 'remove' MS Office and then it'll take you thru the Setup program where you can then uncheck Excel (or Word or whatever other option). It results in removing whatever files are needed to get that program off your hard disk. You would also do this if you need to selectively add a feature like VBA Help for example, from a prior Office install.

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    Re: PDF .dot & .xla files

    Thanks, Unkamunka
    I will re-do the uninstall, then move the files out - all of them - just anywhere will do? Why don't I just delete them?

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    Re: VBE6.DLL: Uninstalling Excel/Word

    Yes, I saw that when I went into this time. Thanks. I'll have to remember to do a custom so 'FindFast' won't get re-installed, I guess
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    Re: PDF .dot & .xla files

    As a rule of thumb, it's often better to move files out of their normal path (effecively disabling them) before you go back and delete them. With the "PDF..." files in this instance, there should be no difference. With the Personal.xls, if you're not quite sure where it's come from, then holding onto it for the time being may be a practical idea. HTH
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    Did Uninstall/Reinstall-still problems

    Well, Unkamunka,
    I paid attention to the detail and did everything in accordance with the sequence suggested. I actually found an extremely detailed document in Adobe's Knowledgebase that told me how to remove Acrobat 5.0 for sure! (document 326160, by the way).

    The process certainly did solve the problem I was having with words being blended together when I printed something from the Internet (like the 1099 booklet from the IRS site). Again, it also solved the Word problem.

    As an aside, there were, in fact, files with identical names, just as I had listed them - some of them did NOT have an 'A' attached.

    But first time I went into Excel, it bombed again, with the same message! This is getting old! Do you - or anyone else, for that matter - have any idea how I can correct this?

    Thank you VERY much,
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    Re: Did Uninstall/Reinstall-still problems

    Julia

    This is rather frustrating! At least, Word is now behaving itself fully!

    Thank you for reconfirming the duplicate naming of files in the same folder. It has happened to me also (on a clean Windows 2000 installation). Windows, however, is theoretically not supposed to let that happen!

    The only other thing I can suggest at this stage is to retrace your steps to shortly before the problems first started happening. I seem to recall from your earlier postings on this general problem that everything with Adobe ran fine for about 2-3 months. Can you recall having installed ANYTHING around about that time? (I have trouble remembering what I did on my machine a few hours ago - let alone months ago! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>) Just in case: a good place to start looking is in the Details view of your Program Files folder. Usually new programs - or utilities - have to make new folders when they get installed, and the date would show up.

    Perhaps, as you say, another Lounger will have further inspiration.

    HTH
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