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Corel Photo Album 6 has encountered a problem and needs to close
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 11:50 AM (Pacific)

Update: 2/2/2006

The link in the original post no longer works. Corel issued an update to fix this problem, so they apparently have taken down the original link.

Here is a link to the Corel updates page:

Corel Support, Patches and Updates

Here is a link to the text they took down:

Symantec Integrator has encountered a problem and needs to close.

The reason I'm linking this text is that I had a similar problem using all of the features of Norton Internet Security on that same computer. Unticking that box fixed both the Corel and the Norton crashes, and it's easy enough to simply make your Home Page.

Note: If you have a fairly recent Dell computer, that has the trial version of Corel Photo Album 6 pre-installed in it, it's likely that you've already been set up to receive updates for this program. Try:

Start > All Programs > Program Updates

Look under Settings/Change Update Settings, Only notify me regarding updates to these programs... to see what's in there.

If you use Earthlink Total Access, they have also issued updates. Since simply unticking the Google box in the Total Access settings seems to have resolved the problems without adding more overhead, that's what I did. (The people using this PC do not use Earthlink Total Access.)

Original post:

Corel support

Bizarrely enough this works so far.

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Kodak DC4800 v. Windows XP #3
posted by Colleen Shirazi, at 11:15 AM (Pacific) this morning, I tried connecting anew from my DC4800 to my Win XP computer, using the USB cable. I didn't actually expect it to work, however after working on this issue until 3 in the morning last night, I felt more positive about it. i.e. it was now a matter of trying out only a few things, since something did work last night.

Here is what worked. Mind you, this may not work exactly the same for's a starting point and you might want to check it out.

Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.

Scroll down to Kodak Camera Connection Software. I will guess this came with that EasyShare thing I downloaded from the Kodak site.

Double click to get to its Properties screen (or right-click and choose Properties). Change the setting from Manual to Automatic.

Now scroll down further to Windows Image Acquisition (WIA). Open its Properties and change its setting from Manual to Automatic.

Save all changes and restart your computer.

Open the EasyShare program. Oh yeah, make sure your DC4800 is plugged into the USB port and the power is on (as usual, you will connect the DC4800 to the AC rather than use its battery).

You should now be able to see your beloved DC4800 as a drive in My Computer.

I do not know if that last step is necessary, opening EasyShare. As I say, this is a starting point.

Good luck!

Update: 1/17/06

Don't get sloppy and try connecting your DC4800 to the computer while the camera is still powered on. It seems to me I did this all the time on my Win 98 machine, but Windows XP freaks if you do it...I got the "new style" Blue Screen of, turn off the camera before plugging it in.

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Kodak DC4800 v. Windows XP #2
posted by Colleen Shirazi, at 2:49 AM (Pacific)

You will not believe this!

One minute after I wrote the previous post, the thing suddenly started working. I do not exaggerate. I didn't do anything (beyond writing that post). It's almost 3 o'clock in the morning, I've been banging away at this problem for hours, literally. The last thing I remember doing was placing a shortcut to the Administrative Services on the All Programs menu, then "just curious" checking Windows Explorer yet again. And there it was. It showed up in My Computer too.

Mind you, the automatic transfer feature doesn't seem to work but who cares? I never had one before, I've always just worked with the camera as a drive.

Um, sorry about all those Kodak remarks. That EasyShare thing finally worked although I have no idea what happened.

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Kodak DC4800 v. Windows XP
posted by Colleen Shirazi, at 1:48 AM (Pacific)

First of all, if you are a poor sap searching the Net for an answer to this question, I will tell you right now, I don't have one.

Normally I would not write a post for which I have no answer. But this is, by far, one of the STUPIDEST computer-related things I have ever seen in my life (including the Windows Blue Screen of Death days, a Compaq I once owned--btw, NEVER AGAIN--and trying to use an applet to write data to a file on a server).

I tried EVERYTHING to just plug the DC4800 directly into the computer, using its USB cable, as I have been doing on my old Windows 98 machine for YEARS.

First of all, Windows XP will NOT accept the software that came with the DC4800. Simple as that. It won't install it.

Then, there is NOTHING on the Microsoft site to indicate that Microsoft might have ANY (I apologize for the excess of caps, it is all just so flabbergasting) update or other solution.

So...on to the Kodak site.

I should have KNOWN it was a bad sign a.) Kodak declares blithely they don't support DC4800 anymore by phone or email (I'll SURMISE they got boatloads of po'd DC4800 owners pouring in the emails and phone calls as to WHY their camera suddenly won't connect on an operating system that is, to say the least, UBIQUITOUS) and b.) they don't call them "drivers" anymore.

Let us take a moment for that last one. There is no "driver download area." WTF??? It's now boiled down to downloading software programs. You are to download Kodak EasyShare and that, folks is supposed to be all the driver you need to connect a DC4800 to a Windows XP machine (not that you NEED extra drivers to do so, mind you).

PLEASE someone interrupt at this point (or kindly leave a comment in the section below) and tell me I've missed something.

I actually downloaded the piece o' work (on dial-up) and installed it.

Now, instead of letting on that it couldn't find any drivers for the DC4800, Win XP decided the EasyShare drivers would do and "installed" the DC4800--NOT.

The damn thing still doesn't work. Oh, it still shows those little scrolling things in the window at the top as if it were doing something, but it doesn't show as a drive in My Computer, and EasyShare itself won't acknowledge it as a supported device.

According to the Device Manager now, the DC4800 is working properly.

Okay back to Google. I found in some OBSCURE place on the Kodak site you are to change a setting in the USB port stuff in Device Manager...oh what the hell...I tried it (turning off a power management setting, restarting the computer, yadda yadda...) It didn't work. (Surprised?)

I found another guy called Vladimir who claimed you could go into Administrative Services and change a setting for the WIA service and that would work. I tried it.

Do y'think that did anything?

I'd say I came across SEVERAL people on the Net who had the same I say, the only user solution I found was Vladimir's.

Oh well. It should actually not be that big a deal. It's easier to buy an inexpensive card reader and just go with that.

What makes this unbelievable to me I suppose is the mentality of Kodak (I expect Microsoft to be, well, Microsoft). What they are saying is that a.) they don't support their own products by providing a driver that works and b.) your solution is to buy a new camera. The DC4800 was not cheap when it came out. I fully expected to get better use of it than that...over a driver? A lousy driver.

Okay if it is not the driver, then I would expect Kodak to figure what it is (a setting in XP or whatever) because by now, everyone has XP or otherwise has to use it. Again the message is, buy another camera.

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http prefix not working in Microsoft Internet Explorer
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, November 11, 2005 at 12:37 PM (Pacific)

Someone asked this on a tech board I like to frequent. She'd just had a virus on her computer; she'd fixed the virus, but now, she had to type "http://" each time she wanted to visit a website in Internet Explorer (rather than having it appear automatically after typing in the domain name).

I did some googling around and discovered that, unlike what I'd thought, this didn't appear to be an IE Internet Options setting. It looked to be a registry setting, that had most likely been changed by the virus.

Here is the answer that I posted on the board:

Some josephine9999 11/11/2005 3:21:00 PM

I looked on google for some information. What kept coming up, indicated that perhaps the virus you had, changed some of your registry settings.

My advice would be first to get the exact name of the virus you had and then research that. See if that particular virus is known to change registry settings and which exact settings might have been changed.

The "http" part is called a "url prefix." From what I found, it would appear that the registry setting is called HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ URL \ DefaultPrefix

Make sure you feel comfortable about changing the registry if you're going to do it. Making a bad change in the registry will cause more headache than it's worth.

Good luck!

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