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Acrobat can't open docs, just displays a ?

A weird problem.
One of my users sometimes can't open a pdf doc over the browser and gets a small window with a blue question mark and an OK button, no mention of errors on it but no doc displayed.

This is IE8 trying to display a pdf doc, but sometimes it does work and displays it, like after clearing all cache off IE, not always though.

Can anybody help me resolve this?


Details: OS > windows7 SP1, IE8, Acrobat Pro 8
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txarli33
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txarli33
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Run5kCommented:
How long has this been happening?  Have you considered installing Acrobat Reader 10.x, making it the default PDF viewer, and seeing if the problem persists?

Also, according to Microsoft's Windows 7 Compatibility Center, Acrobat 8 Professional won't work properly on a Windows 7 machine unless it is fully updated:

Windows 7 Compatibility Center - Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional
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txarli33Author Commented:
I've installed acrobat pro 9, in accordance with other users here and found the same probelm.
so not an acrobat/windows7 compatibility issue.

I haven't tried with reader 10, making it default as the user wants acrobat pro as the default one.
I'll do it to troubleshoot adn see the result.

my other option is to re-install IE9, may be working better.
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
The Acrobat add-on could be malfunctioned or has incompatibility with other add-ons. I would recommend that you urge users to use Chrome as it's more convenient and faster to browse when you're using add-ons such as Acrobat or other apps.

If you choose to stick to IE, then I think updating to IE9 might solve the problem. if not then disable all the add-ons on IE and keep Acrobat PDF enabled. and see if it works normally.

Also try disabling your AV while browsing PDF docs and see if it works ?
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txarli33Author Commented:
Thanks for the suggestion but as chrome doesn't work well with our sharepoint, IE must be the default browser (also due to group policies being applied).

I'll go for the IE9 upgrade and follow your recommendations on disabling add-ons to narrow down the problem.

Will post the results
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jcimarronCommented:
txarli33--Have you scanned for malware?
What happens if you click the OK button?
Right click that window with blue question mark |Properties.  What is in the Address (URL) line?  

Some people never get the .pdf to open in the browser.  The workaround is to download the .pdf to the hard drive and open from there.
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txarli33Author Commented:
I installed IE9 and initially everything worked, after a few minutes it went back to square one, quite strange.
Clicking hte OK button closes the window.
I'll try the right-click option and post.

I need to get hte pdf to open in the browser, and it has to be the pro version of acrobat due to some software and its features this user needs.
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
If so then you need to be sure that the PDF pro is assigned to PDF files not the reader version. or you can simply uninstall the reader from this PC.

Could you please do this also , Download Hijackthis  and run it as administrator after installation then attach the log here.

http://free.antivirus.com/hijackthis/
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txarli33Author Commented:
The reader is not installed on the machine.

No right-click info ,this is not a URL, this looks like an acrobat message, just a square blue-ish small window with a blue question mark and an OK button, no options.

Not sure the hijack tool will tell us anything, this is not url related, i'll try anyway
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
Could you please get a snapshot of this? I can't really take by your description however, snapshot would be good to tell.
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txarli33Author Commented:
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O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\wlidnsp.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\windows live\wlidnsp.dll
O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
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O23 - Service: Check Point Endpoint Agent (CPDA) - Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. - C:\Program Files\CheckPoint\Endpoint Security\Endpoint Common\bin\cpda.exe
O23 - Service: Credential Vault Host Control Service - Broadcom Corporation - C:\Program Files\Broadcom Corporation\Broadcom USH Host Components\CV\bin\HostControlService.exe
O23 - Service: Credential Vault Host Storage - Broadcom Corporation - C:\Program Files\Broadcom Corporation\Broadcom USH Host Components\CV\bin\HostStorageService.exe
O23 - Service: Dell Feature Enhancement Pack Service (DFEPService) - Dell Inc. - c:\Program Files\Dell\Feature Enhancement Pack\DFEPService.exe
O23 - Service: ESET HTTP Server (EhttpSrv) - ESET - C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\EHttpSrv.exe
O23 - Service: ESET Service (ekrn) - ESET - C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe
O23 - Service: Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Event Log (EvtEng) - Intel(R) Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\EvtEng.exe
O23 - Service: FLEXnet Licensing Service - Macrovision Europe Ltd. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Macrovision Shared\FLEXnet Publisher\FNPLicensingService.exe
O23 - Service: Check Point Full Disk Encryption  (Full Disk Encryption) - Check Point Software Tech Ltd - C:\Windows\system32\FDE_srv.exe
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O23 - Service: Intel(R) Identity Protection Technology Host Interface Service (jhi_service) - Intel Corporation - C:\Program Files\Intel\Services\IPT\jhi_service.exe
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
Nothing is wrong with your IE however, you have too many add-ons enabled! Could you please try to disable some of them and see if that will resolve the problem ?

also it would be good to take a snapshot of the error that you're getting!
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txarli33Author Commented:
Acrobat error window
that's the error window, so you can see.

i'll go and disable some add-ons,
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txarli33Author Commented:
a note that may be helpful.
if i connect remotely using VNC as we do with all our users, this problem doesn't show up.
the pdf opens in the browser all the time.
if i physically interact with teh laptop it happens very often, nearly all the time.
a bit confused now, maybe related to the dispaly card/driver/settings?
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
Hmmm, I think this is not add-ons issue! I think the Acrobat files are malfunctioned.. what you could try to do is repair installation to Acrobat and try to open the files then.

If that didn't work then uninstall and reinstall acrobat and make sure when you uninstall to delete the folders where it was install first before the new installation.
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txarli33Author Commented:
i have uninstalled / installed a couple of times before i put this thread.

IE and acrobat was the first items which it did uninstalled/installed
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
Could you please check this problematic PC's event viewer for logs related to Acrobat? you might find it in the application tab.

Press Windows + R to bring up the run box and type eventvwr then hit enter and navigate to Application tab or System. just look if there are any errors related to acrobat and attach it here.
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txarli33Author Commented:
No acrobat events whatsoever.
Starting to get frustrated here, not sure which direction to go....

The only error there was, was in the system events and related to the processor not able to do some staff, blame on the laptop's firmware, i'm just now checking the laptops firmware.
Found it on a lower version than it could be, in the process of updating this now.
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
You can use system file checker to see if there is any corrupted system files might be affecting this.

on the run box type sfc /scannow and hit enter
prepare Windows CD/DVD to enter when prompted for, when done restart the PC and see if the problem persists again?
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txarli33Author Commented:
uninstalled acrobat once more, followed acrobat doc, took off all lose files and registry keys left behind.
Installed it again fresh..... same problem.
(about to jump off the window.)

doing the scan now
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
Btw, have you tried uninstalling VNC ? it might be the problem it self
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txarli33Author Commented:
I've given the user another laptop and kept this one to work on it.

I'll see the VNC although since the re-install it just doesn't work, all the time, at least before it'd work randomly, now's definitely not working.
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txarli33Author Commented:
Issue didn't get resolved as explained on posts.
Help is very much apreciated
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