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insufficient resources opening Excel

By lmayeda ·
A Win98 PC with 256MB ram and 10GB free disk space cannot open the EXCEL program with no other applications open. No hardware/software changes recently. I uninstalled and re-installed EXCEL. I de-fragged the hard drive and ran ADAWARE to clean out any spyware. I can open Outlook, Word, Explorer, and Internet Explorer simultaneously with no resource problem. I ran the Resource Meter program from DOS and it shows plenty of resource but when I try to call up EXCEL the hourglass just sits there and freezes the system. I have run Scandisk and powered down the system several times. I ran a VirusScan with a recent DAT file and found no errors. Any suggestions?

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by jschein In reply to insufficient resources op ...

on the startup (start-->programs-->startup), remove microsoft office and findfast.

Hit Ctrl+alt+del and stop the OSA program and Findfast program. Try again.

If that does not work, close all office programs and type in the start-->run button:

excel /regsrver

try again.

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by lmayeda In reply to

The only processes running at Ctrl-Alt-Del were Explorer, Acrotray, Systran and Rundll. Ran Excel/regsrver and got "A fatal exception OE has occurred... the current application will be terminated" Thanks for trying

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by lmayeda In reply to insufficient resources op ...

I also completely uninstalled OFFICE and re-installed OFFICE ... same problem.

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by jschein In reply to insufficient resources op ...

there was a space between excel and the / ...

but if you were getting a fatal exception error just trying to re-regsiter excel, your problem might be deeper than you think. If nothing else has worked for you, It would be consistent to back up your data files and erase that drive... install 98se from scratch. It sounds like something has gone haywire in there.

Some people say to re-install 98 on top of the old system, but that leaves too many files behind making it almost double in size and extra stuff on your pc which is not needed.

If you cannot do this, I see no other remedy.


Good luck

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by lmayeda In reply to

I tried it with "excel /regsrver" ...same issue. I had checked the registry before Uninstalling and Re-installing Office and noted that under OFFICE, EXCEL was missing. After re-installing Office, I rechecked the registry and EXCEL is under Office ... however, it still does not start up. So you think it is a problem with windows? I see on another question that they think IE 6 is a problem with Win98 but I had upgraded to IE6 several months ago with no problems.
Thanks for trying

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by lmayeda In reply to insufficient resources op ...

I just installed the latest patches for Win98. No difference.

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by lmayeda In reply to insufficient resources op ...

I re-installed Windows 98SE. Excel still does not open.

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by carlos.nino In reply to insufficient resources op ...

In this link you'll find a lot of reasons why Excel has so many problems. You'll find possible solutions and if theese don't work, it links you to another page with more solutions.

Hope you can work something out, good luck!

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by carlos.nino In reply to

Ooops!, sorry, here's the link:

http://www.decisionmodels.com/memlimitsc.htm

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by lmayeda In reply to

Thanks for the article re: independent memory limitations for Excel. It may or may not be related to my problem because I am not even trying to open an Excel worksheet, the computer hangs when I try to open Excel. Now, there may be some memory setting somewhere in the registry that has been corrupted and is causing my problem. I would have thought that uninstalling and re-installing Excel should have resolved it.

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