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    Slow-Loading Graphics & No Animation (IE 6.0/WIN XP)

    Just recently, using IE 6.0 on new WIN XP machine, some graphics have been loading VERY slowly (like dial-up slow) even though using DSL & some (but not all) animated graphics do not appear animated. Nothing wrong with DSL connection - just tested - appx 576 Kbps. Attached screen shot illustrates typical slow-loading graphics, even simple little icons are slow to load. Another example when I open "Smilies" panel some are animated, while others (which I know are animated) appear static. I've checked all obvious browser settings, such as Multimedia settings, etc. For a while ALL animated graphics were static but discovered that was due to Zone Alarm "Ad Blocking" settings which I have since adjusted. Only new software I've installed recently (besides ZA Pro) is Visual Studio .NET but don't think this is cause of problem. Earlier today ran Windows Update (got tired of being nagged every time start Windows) & installed a whole bunch of updates, etc but this did not fix anything. In WIN 98 used to run "Repair IE" to fix this type of odd problem but don't know if this is available in XP, IE is not even listed in Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel

    Any suggestions on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated (unless your suggestion is to use another browser... <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> )
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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Solution found!! ...for now....
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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Mark ~

    Would like to know how you resovled the issue. Also, what is the little box with the arrow next to the little Lex?

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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Actually I finally fixed problem just yesterday (see other reply to Defrag). As for little box with Lex & down arrow, that's the Netscape Location Bar, the Netscape equivalent of the Address Bar in Internet Explorer. It's not obvious in the screen shot attd to previous post because the window was sized real small which scrunched up the Location Bar. See attached screen shot of Netscape Location Bar in normal mode.
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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Thanx for info. I fixed problem yesterday by going to Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components and selecting Internet Explorer (this was by chance, I was actually looking to see if I had some other component installed), then running the "wizard". As you mention, IE is listed as "0.0 MB" but running the wizard fixed problem I was having with animated graphics not being displayed properly w/o having to resort to more drastic action. This is apparently equivalent of running Repair IE in WIN 98, I just didn't think to look for it in Windows Components list.

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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Mark,

    For future use, since you've resolved the problem - in WinXP, if IE does not appear in the Add/Remove list you can work around it by editing the IE.INF file that lives in the %systemroot%INF directory. There is a value listed as IsInstalled which by default is set to "1" (if memory serves - since changing that setting the original INF has been modified on my desktop XP machine). Changing the value to 0 allows you to run the Active Setup wizard and re-install IE in its entirety.

    As a side note, there are a number of interesting settings that can be altered for the tinkerer....I found the following quite amusing:

    [Base.IE.AddReg]
    ; clobber the following for WinXP (IE6 36136)


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    ; These following 4 entries should be nuked and clients like ieuinit.inx, ICW should stop looking here
    ; and look at the App Paths above -- have opened a bug on it.


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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Just following the thread here......I noticed my ie.inf file is empty...completely. Should it not be??

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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    After reading Mark's reply out of curiosity located IE.INF file on my system & opened in Notepad. As you mention, file appears empty, despite size of appx 51 KB. But if you enter CTRL + A (Select all) in Notepad then you will see file's contents, as illustrated. Maybe this is MS's way of telling you they don't want you mucking around with their .INF files....
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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Yep....that was pretty neat. It was all there, although it was a little different (corp. ver.).

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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Yes and there MUST the correct number of blank lines or it will NOT work. This is and has been done by many different makers of inf files.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Hi Mark:
    You said
    <hr>in WinXP, if IE does not appear in the Add/Remove list you can work around it by editing the IE.INF file that lives in the %systemroot%INF directory. There is a value listed as IsInstalled which by default is set to "1" (if memory serves - since changing that setting the original INF has been modified on my desktop XP machine). Changing the value to 0 allows you to run the Active Setup wizard and re-install IE in its entirety.<hr>
    This is really valuable. Is this something that will work in Win98SE also and does it work for other apps. I looked at the IsInstalled value & it said:
    "IsInstalled",0x10001,1,0,0,0
    for many different entries.

    Which of those "1s" should be changed to zero?
    Thanks for this "find".

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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Phil,

    Having come fresh from a reinstallation of XP, here's the setting I was referring to, in stock form:

    <pre>; disable repair mode for OS installs
    HKLM,"SoftwareMicrosoftActive Setup","DisableRepair",0x00010001,1</pre>

    I modified it as follows:
    <pre>; disable repair mode for OS installs
    HKLM,"SoftwareMicrosoftActive Setup","DisableRepair",0x00010001,0</pre>

    The other entried bear investigation too, but I'm not daring enough at the moment to try (my bench PC is guinea pig to something else at the moment). Glad you found that helpful...and I think I need a better hobby!
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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Thanks, Mark. I found that entry in IE.INF on Win98SE also. I'll file it away for future use. (Along with the other one, but I don't feel like experimenting with it now either). <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    Mark--
    There is a "repair KB" for IE6, but repair which involves running System File Checker from the command line, "SFC/scannow"; a regedit; and then reinstalling Internet Explorer. The "repair" portion must be that system file checker examines protected system files and restores the correct versions by using backups in the Dllcache folder or files copied from the XP CD. There is also repairing and modification of IE available by using batch files and command line switches discussed in the IE 6 Resource Kit p. 398 and probably free in the MSDN library. I don't pretend to be able to use the latter. Internet Explorer shows up on the Windows Components portion "setup" of Add/Remove, but it shows up as 0MB and doesn't uninstall from there because I gave it a try to see what would happen. A progress bar runs but it does not uninstall and those protected files stay right where they are in Dllcache.

    The KB article is

    How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP

    How to Uninstall Internet Explorere 6 Q293907

    Right now Micrososft's Site is unable to display the first article, and if it is not up soon I will send it to you if you want it.
    Did you solve your proble as the screen shot suggests by going to Netscape which you said you did not want to do?

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    Re: Slow-Loading Graphics - Solution (IE 6.0)

    I ran accross this and it must mean that somewhere, and I wonder where the somewhere is for the CD, I have "only allocated the CD to the local user" rather than to all users. I just can't figure out where I actually did this allocating. I do understand the advice to turn "disable the security policy" if only I can find where and what precisely the KB wants disabled because I sure do what to run System File Checker in the SCANNOW mode and see if I can make a dent in the multiple Internet Explore errors I have been getting lately after I though I had slaid a number of dragons finally. I know Microsoft Operating Systems run perfectly, if I could just shape it up.

    Prompted for CD Rom When You Run System File Checker While Correct CD Rom is in Drive Q263499
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    Ed. Note: This KB which involved either going to Group Policy Editor through the gpedit.msc executable in the command line or putting it in the MMC as a snap-in and disabling "Restrict CD-Rom Access to Locally logged on user only" worked well.
    If it hadn't there was the Regedit on the first KB, and the paint over paint more drastic solution
    of an in place install.

    Thanks for your info Mark; your screen shots and your comments are always a big help in learning IE, XP, Office and the rest. What do you use to post your screen shots and is there
    a step by step guide to posting a screen shot on the lounge? I'm sure you've worked with a log of Paint/Snag It Screen Shot type programs--do you prefer one much over the other?

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