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Problem of the week 36

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Tinus1959, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. Tinus1959

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    Okay, next problem. And no google please.

    This is a simple one. If you pinpoint the problem I won't even bother to give you the solution.

    A few weeks ago I bought a book on C# programming. On the companion CD there was the complete book in CHM-format, which is very easy when searching for some text or code. Now I don't want to be a diskjockey changing CD's over and over so I created a folder called: C# Books and copied the chm file in that folder.
    When I tried to open the file I got a warning that the file could not be displayed.
    I work with IE 7.0 (but 6.0 gives the same effect) on a windows 2003, XP, 2000 or Vista platform.

    What is the problem here?
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    I won't spoil the fun right off the bat by answering. 8)
     
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  3. Sparky
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    IE issue I think, does the file have to be added to trusted sites or a security setting have to be changed? :blink
     
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  4. MacAllan

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    Incorrect file associations? .chm isn't meant to be opened with a web browser?
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    Isn't this an OS security block and not just IE? Or it could be that 2000 and above only like the .html help files only by default.

    I remember something like that when I was studying programming and we had to develop our own help files.

    Or I could just be talking utter b*ll... :oops: But this is just for fun, ain't it? :biggrin

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  6. onoski

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    This problem sounds like an incompatibility issue the file is not recognized in the format your trying to open it in. In other words the files needed were not copied onto the folder format.
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    I presume that on one of the CDs there is a CHM file reader app which runs automatically when the CD is inserted, so you would need to also copy the reader and run it prior to clicking on the CHM file.

    best guess :rolleyes:
     
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  8. Tinus1959

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    No, that's not it. The file is local.
     
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  9. Tinus1959

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    Well. it is a deriviate. CHM stands for Compiled HTML. If you look closely to an opened helpfile, you will find out it actually uses the webbrowser engine.
     
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  10. Tinus1959

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    It is not some security issue. Other chm files open without a glitch.
     
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  11. Tinus1959

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    But the file opens correctly from the CD!
     
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  12. Tinus1959

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    No that's not it. All MS help files are CHM and so I have a reader on my system.
     
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  13. MacAllan

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    The file has the wrong attributes set?
     
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  14. Mitzs
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    Yes, from the cd they would because everything you need for that file is supplied on the CD.

    What I belive onoski is saying " is that maybe some of the files needed for it to display correctly were not copyed over to your c# folder on your hard drive. This is what I'm wondering too. Or maybe some of the files were corrupted during the copy process?

    This is fun, I like this game. :)
     
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  15. Tinus1959

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    No, all attributes are correct.
     
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    Yes, but was not the problem. The file was not corrupted during the transfer and it was complete. In fact you could easily get the same error message. If you try to open a CHM file on a networkdrive you get the same message.
    So, the file opens, but it does not display the contents.
     
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  17. Sparky
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    Is there hidden files on the CD that were not transferred?

    Or it it something to do with the folder name having # in it? Long shot! :biggrin
     
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  18. MacAllan

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    You're just that bit sharper than me Sparky... by about four seconds....

    Try it :D
     
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  19. Tinus1959

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    Bullseye! Allthough the octathorp (#) is not an illegal symbol in paths and all other programs have no problem with it, the CHM-viewer has. The fix is simpel: just change the name.
     
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  20. Mitzs
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    Well crap, that one was not on my list at all! :)
     
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