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Missing Netscape file

Posted on 1998-10-06
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When I boot up, I'm told that Netscape is missing the following files:
     vtcprac.386
     untstimd.exe
I couldn't find either at Fast FTP (although I did find a third one, dial.386). Where can I download them? Incidentally, Netscape 4.06 works fine.
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by:bjt3
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Well, I'm not too surprised that 4.06 is working.  I'm running NN 4.06 on the machine
that I'm currently using to enter this.  Those files don't exist at all on this machine, and
there's no complaints.

So, I now wonder who/what is complaining.  Do you have more info on what is raising this
error/warning ?
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by:waltari
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Here's a screen dump ofthe error messages I get:

The windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, the device file no longer exists.
If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or setup program.
If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file.
C:\WINDOWS\NETSCAPE\VTCPRAC.386
Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows Application.
The windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists.
If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or setup program.
If you still want to use the application associated with this device file, try reinstalling that application to replace the missing file.
C:\WINDOWS\NETSCAPE\VNTSTIMD.EXE
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Cannot find a device file that may be needed to run Windows or a Windows application.
The windows registry or SYSTEM.INI file refers to this device file, but the device file no longer exists.
If you deleted this file on purpose, try uninstalling the associated application using its uninstall or setup program.
If you still want to use the application associated with this device, try reinstalling that application .
C:\WINDOWS\NETSCAPE\VTCPRAC.38
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bjt3 earned 100 total points
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Very interesting.  I'm assuming that you didn't install netscape in c:\windows, right ?
Assuming that to be true, I'd check SYSTEM.INI and see if the lines are in there.
Now, for the "this is what I'd do, you have to decide for yourself" part of my advice - get rid
of those lines.  I have no idea what a \netscape subdirectory for \windows is, nor who might
have put it there.  Nor do I see those files anywhere on my W95 system running NN 4.06.
So, what I'd do is just remove those lines.  To be cautious, make a copy of the file before
you modify it.

There are several outcomes:

1) they're just plain wrong - deleting this is ok
2) they're weird, something put them there but you don't know what - well, they aren't there
    now, so deleting the lines isn't really compounding the problem
3) really a subset of 2 - something put them there on purpose.  Deleting the lines just forces
    an error later on from whatever really did want those files.  At that point, you can better
    diagnose just what's really happening.

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by:waltari
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It worked. I found the files in the systems folder, deactivated them, rebooted, and they were gone. Thanks, my friend!
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