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ENCOUNTERING VBScript runtime error 800A01A8

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Encountered this error message at www.building-cost.net/AddCost.asp.

Microsoft VBScript runtime error 800A01A8
Object required: 'Session(...)'
/AddCost.asp. line 124

Cannot reproduce it from another PC, only occurs on my PC....Is it an error in IE???? I am using version 5.5., OS 98.
Ran the repair tool in IE and the problem still exists.  
Have checked the knowledge base but could not find relevant info although there were some articles pertaining to this same error, but with OWA.  Am not using an Exchange server.
Cookies are enabled and I am able to go through about 4 pages of the website inputting info before I get the error message so it is not a timed out error.
***Please see my comment below before responding!!!
Thanks.
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Turn on cookies for your system. The Session makes use of the client-side cookies.

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Or the session has expired. Either one of the 2...

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I think the 1st one CJ! :)
It works well in my machine, and mine is cookies enabled.
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Once again, cookies are not the problem...if it were I wouldn't be able to get one page done.  I am able to advance to the page (about the fourth one)that asks the attic, garage, balcony size, etc...and get the error message after submitting that.  Cookies are enabled, but just to make certain I rechecked Internet Options.  
I am wandering if it is an error in VBScript included with the IE download???  But I have uninstalled and reinstalled...same thing still happens.
I saw Q194525 at support.microsoft.com...same error message but can't extract any relevance to the current situation.
Thanks, ronijack
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Probably you have set Session("...") = nothing, or you try to do Session("...").Abandon?

What is actually the code on the line 124?
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Not certain what you are referring to...Line 124 must be some referrence to an embedded object from the webpage in question...I really don't know...
Maybe there is some change I can make to the registry???
Veronica
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Do you have access to open AddCost.asp?
Go to line 124, and post the code you got from there.

From the error message:
Object required: 'Session(...)'

I don't think it is related with registry.
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I don't have access to open..I was merely using the website...but it has to be something on my PC because I can use this site from another PC with no problem.
One of the files in IE is Visual Basic Script Support.  I am wondering if there is an error in this file or the previous version file (of IE) that is causing this problem.
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If it's not your file, there's nothing you can do about it. It could be so many things that it's hard to tell -- and it's not YOUR problem anyway. Report it to the owner of the site, along with your system config (browser, version, system type, RAM, OS, etc.) and let them worry about it.

It could be specific to the machine, and it could also go away if you reboot and then go to the site again. No way of knowing -- and it could also be on the server. Are you connecting the same way? Different LAN? Different ISP? Different network? Proxy? Just tell the site owner -- YOU don't have any way to really fix anything.
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It could well be specifically programmed for a certain range of ip-adresses. I suggest you email the website with the problem...

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I emailed the site when it first occurred.  They said they could not reproduce the error.  I have tried to use that site again at least 50 times.  Same action.  I got out my laptop and went to the site..NO problem..Worked fine.  I went to Google.Com and put in a search for runtime error 800a01a8.  A whole list of results popped up.  Seems like this is a problem.  Unfortunately, couldn't find one solution among them.  
My reason for concern is that this all indicates to me that there is a problem with my PC and therefore there must be a solution.  IP traffic and rebooting, etc..is not a factor ...The website is okay...I have attempted it at all hours and of course, from rebooting, etc...Seems like this is a problem that even has Microsoft mystified...
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What browser are you using? It IS an IE or Netscape browser, right?

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I am using IE 5.5.  Am still checking out possible solutions from the MS Knowledge base.
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Again, why? If it's not your page, you don't know what's causing it, and it very well may not even be something you can do anything about. Better to report it to the webmaster, and let them check things out FIRST.
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I already reported it...they emailed me back and said they couldn't find anything wrong ...
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Then there really isn't anything you can do. You never did answer whether the network connection was different, whether you were using an ISP, proxy server, etc. All of those would have a LOT to do with whether it worked or not...

And you could go back to it and find out that it worked just fine now. Could have been a server hiccup on their site. It happens.
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I am using a dial-up ISP.  I return DAILY and SEVERAL TIMES a day to the same site...won't work.  I then use another PC immediately after and it goes through just fine.  I said these things in previous comments.  Through the process of deduction and elimination I have clearly established that the problem is my PC.  
The MS Knowledge base contains a solution to Java errors appearing only on the user's PC..not able to be duplicated on other PC's or by the webmaster.  I appear to be having the same problem but with VBScript.
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HOwever, java applets run on YOUR computer -- and asp pages run on the SERVER. If it's a SERVER problem, you can't do anything about it.

I take it you're using IE? Download Netscape and try with that -- I honestly don't think it's your computer. Session objects in asp pages are SERVER things, not CLIENT ones.
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I am using the same ISP  and same browser on the laptop and aren't having any problem with the site...
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Somewhat off-topic, but important.

****************************** ALERT********************************
WindowsUpdate - Critical Update alert March 28, 2002 from Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/ms02-015.asp
Synopsis:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-015  
28 March 2002 Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer
Originally posted: March 28, 2002
Summary
Who should read this bulletin: Customers using Microsoft® Internet Explorer
Impact of vulnerability: Two vulnerabilities, the most serious of which would allow script to run in the Local Computer Zone.
Maximum Severity Rating: Critical
Recommendation: Consumers using the affected version of IE should install the patch immediately.
Affected Software:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0

Thought you'd appreciate knowing this.
":0)
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Thanks Asta.  I will try this and see what happens.  I have upgraded to IE 6.0 but nothing has changed.  My dad has IE 6.0 on his PC, and has no problem using the site in question.
However, I have had success with accessing and using the site by using a different browser on my PC. (Opera)  I will download the update now and try it again.  I will return and post results.  Thanks again.
Ronijack
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Okay, ran the patch.  
However, the problem still exist.  All factors point to a problem with the IE installation on my PC.  I have run the repair tool, but it hasn't made a difference.  Don't have any ideas now.  I have uninstalled and installed IE previously.  I'm just stuck with this one, I guess.
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Definitely related to IE on that particular machine (you've pretty much narrowed that down ;-) ). Are there any other pages that have problems on that machine? Not necessarily on that site, on any site?

I'm wondering if there might be some IE setting that is different on that particular machine -- check the settings on the laptop (where it works) and the machine where it doesn't work. You can check the registry settings for IE as well, it could be something there (though I'm not sure what they're even supposed to be -- somebody else can probably tell you).

Also, in case you haven't yet, run your AV program just to make sure you don't have a virus somewhere. If you haven't updated it for a while, you'll probably need to get the newest virus definitions for it.

It's definitely a weird problem...
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Within IE - Tools - Internet Options - Advanced - Browsing did you check to disable script debugging?  Check both systems for those settings.  You'll need to close the browser after settings are changed to ensure they are updated.

start-run-msconfig-start up tab.  Is MDM (Machine Debug Manager) checked to run at startup?  Assuming it is, uncheck it reboot and test.

These are a couple of things I'd try and also reboot to test results.  Sometimes when I encounter the unexplainable, multiple reboots also help.

Always recommend keeping the Operating System updated with patches/fixes as well as IE (as stated earlier), using WindowsUpdate.

Also compare your ActiveX settings ... in the event there's corruption in cookie or autcomplete items related to this problem, recommend deleting cookies and autocomplete items as well, again closing the browser after settings are changed.  Also, always clear browser cache (history files, temporary internet files, offline items) and run cleanup/scandisk/defrag.

When in IE - Tools - Internet Options - General tab, also a good idea to check your objects, see if anything is listed there as damaged.  If so, delete the damagec components, the next time you're on the Net and that component/object is needed, it'll be installed.

Good luck, hope this helps you.
":0)
Asta

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P.S.  the link is http://www.building-cost.net/AddCost.asp
and the error you are seeing is a problem with their site; here's what just happened here attempting to advance to page two:

Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a01a8'

Object required: 'Session(...)'

/AddCost.asp, line 124

If I were in your shoes I'd contact them and advise them of their access problems, here's a link, on it you'll find another link for Feedback to them.
http://www.craftsman-book.com/contacts/contact.htm

Asta
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Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a000b'

Division by zero

/AddCost.asp, line 161

I've completed various iterations of their online analytical tool, and each creates more errors.  Again, think it's with the site.

Asta
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Thanks for the input.  But, I have been successful with using this site, using the Opera Browser and also using IE from another PC.  That's why I believe the error is in my installation of IE (on this PC).  I will try your suggestions above,though.  I will get back.
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moderators on its resolution in a week or two. I appreciate any comments
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It is time to clean this abandoned question up.  

I am putting it on a clean up list for CS.

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