Application Launch Failure

It's been ages since I worked with a Mac, however I insisted that my daughter get one.
She is using OSX 10.4.6
While downloading some software updates, she lost her internet connection. Upon rebooting her computer she is unable to re-establish an internet connection so she has come to me (and I to you) for help.
As I try and reboot, I am greated with the alert:
Application Launch Failure
The application "null" could not be launched because of a shared library error: "=<HP Communications><CarbonLib><CfMPriv_ATS><>"
This, I suspect is a problem with the HP printer and should not affect internet connections
Safari launches, but no connections are made.
When I try to open Network Preferences I get an error with the SystemPrefsApp saying Link (dyid) error:
Image not found / System/Library/Frameworks/19Kit.framework/IOKit

Where does this newbie go from here?
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David BruggeAsked:
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strungConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try opening Disk Utility (found in Applications:Utilities) and use it run "repair permissions" (This must be done while booted from the hard drive).

Next boot from the OS X install CD by holding down the C: key. Instead of proceeding with the installation, pull down one of the menues to Disk Utility and this time use it to repair the drive.

Let us know if that solves the problem.
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David BruggeAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I'll see what I can do.
She just informed me that her installation CD is at school in NY (we're in Tennessee)
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David BruggeAuthor Commented:
Tried the easy part -- found lots of items to repair, but to no avail.
Looks like I will have to go stand in line at the Apple store since I don't have an installation disk.
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strungCommented:
It's a long shot, but you could try resetting the PRAM by booting while holding down the command-option-p-r key combination until the computer chimes three times.
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David BruggeAuthor Commented:
Ah, that takes me back.
That was the fall back option when I had my SE.
I had forgotten the key combination. Thanks,
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Didn't get the reaction that I expected.
I clicked restart...
Then while the screen was black (in the shutdown/restart cycle) I held down the command, the option, the P and the R key all together while it went through the start up sequence. I heard some hard drive noises followed by a single chime, then a pause, some hard drive noises and again a single chime, and again the noise and chime.
Then letting up on the keys, the screen became active and the normal start up proceeded. This didn't seem to have an effect, so I tried the sequence again to see if after the third chime, it would automatically go into some initialization sequence. It didn't, it just made the same noise and chimed a fourth time.
It seems that I don't have something right.
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David BruggeAuthor Commented:
***UPDATE***
Daughter took her laptop to the Apple Store today. They found a crack in the ethernet port. $800 to fix.
I have the house wired for Cat5 but i'm always chasing down bad leads. Looks like it's time for WiFi in the Brugge house.
Thanks for your help. It did restore everything else, just couldn't get over the bad connection.
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strungCommented:
That's bad news, but at least you got to the bottom of it and wireless is a good fix.
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