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error with sharepoint 2007 core.css or master pages

Posted on 2011-03-21
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I am using sharepoint 2007 on a windows 2003 server machine with a sql 2000 backend.  After doing some .net framework repairs there have been some strange changes in our intranet site.  We have single farm with one main site with multiple sites under it.  For some reason all the formatting CSS stuff such as menus and tabs are messed up on the top level site and random other ones.  Some of the others however remain unchanged.  All of them (correct and malfunctioning) are set to inherit parent css and layouts.  They are all set to default.master and Windows SharePoint Services default style.
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Use Fiddler2 or similar to program to see if the core.css file is missing when the page is called.   If it is, then it sounds like a situation we had a couple of years ago; we ended up calling Microsoft.  Basically the SharePoint site had a poor display due to the "missing" CSS file, even though it was on the server where it was supposed to be.  Assuming that the missing core.css file was the issue, here's what we did:

•      We looked at the sites where the css was not getting applied.
•      We were able to get the pages to use the correct css file through the SharePoint GUI.  This is done without using the Designer program.
•      We went into Site Actions, Site Settings, Modify all site settings, and looked in the Masterpage page.
•      From there, we selected the default.master, and browsed to Core.css in the "Alternate CSS URL".  We checked the box to “Reset all subsites to inherit this alternate CSS ULR.”
•      After selecting the path for the Core.css file, and clicking OK, the pages started to use the correct CSS file.

Hope that helps.
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Excellent.  You accomplished what 7 hours with "experts" and 5 hours on the phone with Microsoft could not.  Kudos.
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Glad I could apply my own epic phone calls with Microsoft to someone else's problem.

Best of luck,
nsy
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