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Master Geek

# 15270 13-Aug-2007 19:04
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I'd have thought this might have come up before but can't find anything so still struggling with the joys of Vista….


I have Vista Home Premium on my new Dell desktop, out of the box the installed IE7 didn’t work properly, occasional strange error messages such as “can’t find such and such a page” when I was in fact looking at the page. And never been able to save anything to favourites, I just get a message "unable to create ....unspecified error."


I have tried to use Dell support in the past and couldn’t really face that again so thought the best way out would be to use Mozilla Firefox. That worked just fine. Unfortunately it turned out that my Norton 360 is not fully compatible with Firefox, so back to IE7. I needed IE to work properly but no amount of searching for patches or updates was any help. I couldn’t find a Vista version download of IE7, only an XP version. Nothing else for it but to reinstall Vista.


Using the Dell labelled disk supplied with the computer the reinstall took about 90 minutes and made absolutely no difference to the problems with IE. Same problems as before the reinstall.


I also lost a lot of settings and will have to reinstall my scanner etc. But more annoyingly, for whatever reason I now have no audio anymore, audio properties show “no audio devices are installed.” My speakers are just little USB ones (which used to work). I’ve tried a different USB port and everything else I can think of but they are still invisible to Vista, could audio be turned off in some check box buried in some obscure screen? Any ideas where I should look?


I could really use some good ideas here, any thoughtson how to try to sort these two problems?


How to get IE7 working properly?

How to get my audio back?


Appreciate any help.

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Master Geek

  # 82238 13-Aug-2007 19:20
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Nearly forgot - can't print in IE7 either, just get a "can't find file" message - so 3 Vista problems today.

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Master Geek

# 82409 14-Aug-2007 21:42
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Update - I find that running IE7 as "Administrator" solves both the Favorites and the Printing problems. Trouble is it also turns "Protected Mode" to "Off" so might as well use Firefox. Seems this can only be done as a one shot use, as it can't be set in the "Properties" "Compatibility Tab" because IE7 is a part of Vista.

So no further ahead, but learn a little every day

Still hoping someone out there can offer a suggestion or two, getting really hacked off having no audio


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  # 82502 15-Aug-2007 14:21
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Really sounds like you are going to have to go back to dell support. Sounds like the dell image is faulty.

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Master Geek

# 82872 19-Aug-2007 11:23
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One less problem....can now save Favorites. there are a couple of solutions here -
I used the Integrity Setting change through DOS, works perfectly.

Not yet discovered a solution to not being able to print, but from various posts I see I'm not alone. Someone at MS needs their butt kicking for allowing this bug ridden software on the market.

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Master Geek

  # 82873 19-Aug-2007 11:27
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And my audio is back.....a new driver update from Dell solved that, pity they didn't get it out earlier. Now come on IE7 printing, get your act together.....

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