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WEIRD Problems installing SP3

Posted on 2002-05-27
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 OK, here it goes (quite weird):

I installed Logitech drivers fro my mouse in WIN2K using Wiondows Update (on my dual-boot 98/2K laptop), it caused my WIN2K cursor to "shake" (probably a conflict with my laptop pointing device), and in win98 (go figure why and how) it caused a USB conflict andc mouse wouldnt work at All.

SO I reinstalled everything (reformatted C and D, leaving my E: intact), reinstalled Win98 and Win2k (From scratch!), and when I tried installin SP3 I have the following error:

The 5 files (self extracting) for SP3 wont extract anymore! It simply open a dos window for a fraction of a  second, then its closed and nothing else! And the picture on teh screen (in windows explorer) is that of a DOS based app, it shouldnt, its ok on my destktop! It was OK the first time I installed my laptop! *** WEIRD *** !!!

So I extract them on my desktop, burn them, and in WIN98 I was able to installe them by running setupsp3.exe.

BUT IN WIN2K,
When trying to run setupsp3, It open a dos window (for acmesetup.exe), that dos window close right afterwards, and nothing else!!! Again, It was OK the first time I installed my laptop! *** WEIRD *** !!!, and acmesetup.exe have a ms-dos app picture, again, it shouldnt.

QUESTIONS:
(I) How does Windows determine if a given .EXE is DOS or Windows based? (it seems thsi is what is wrong here)
(II) How can I fix this??

P.S. I reinstalled an "old" ghost image, from befire the creashe, it does the same. It strongly suggests its not software, or at lerast does not come from windows/app installations. Virus on boot sector?? HELP HELP!!!

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by:TomLaw1999
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Have you tried scanning for a virus?
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by:Simonac
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Yes, with McAfee Virus Scan 6.0, but I'm not sure it scans teh boot sector since its windows based... Does it?
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by:Simonac
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I also update my BIOS, just in case... To no avail. Sniff Sniff... :(
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TomLaw1999 earned 400 total points
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Possibly an error in the zip file? have you got two different versions of PKzip, Winzip etc.? As a last resort how about installing SP5.
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by:Simonac
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Looked at properties of files:  (Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor, in properties under description on my desktop, VS teh name of teh file - vs6sp3s - on my laptop), its like it doenst recognize it.

Made a new CD (to test corruption theory), now it shows "Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor", but still the ms-dos icon... tried it, it now seems ok!

But Its weird; If it was simply bad file, the "new" files on teh "new" CD, would show with teh correct Icon (they do on my desktop), but on the laptop they are not. Perhaps a virus (now cleaned by my install) corrupted some or all EXE's, now the corruption is still affected teh icon but not the execution... ???

Anyway now it works, Tks very much, enjoy the points [:)
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