James wrote:BTW... when you install NS it asks permission to install Java. But the version I have with Opera (1.4.2._05) I'm quite sure is more recent. Would it have been best to custom install NS and leave out the Java??
The version included with Netscape 7.2 is way outdated, version 1.4.1_02. So DEFINITELY, I would have left OFF Java when installing Netscape.
If you want to check your Java installation, go to this site:http://www.java.com/en/download/help/testvm.jsp
That site will tell you the currently-used Java version and you will see a 'dancing duke' animated figure if it is installed correctly. If it shows that JRE 1.4.2_05 is being used and it is working OK, I would leave well enough alone.
James wrote:What I think I will do is uninstall this installation, read the book very slowly and try to re-install it properly. No doubt I've screwed something up somewhere otherwise it wouldn't be so slow at rendering pages (compared to FF and Opera). When I do uninstall it, is it best to simply delete ALL the files and start from scratch? And would you do a search for Netscape and delete those files as well.. if you wanted to wipe the slate relatively clean, that is? I don't feel capable of going into the registry and messing about but I would consider doing a search and delete.
Uninstaling Netscape will not uninstall your Java Plugin, since that is a separate program, in case that's what you were thinking. You have to Uninstall JRE 1.4.1_02 from Control Panel Add/Remove programs. But, you can leave both JRE 1.4.1_02 and JRE 1.4.2_05 versions installed if your Java is working properly. That's up to you.
Before uninstalling and reinstalling Netscape 7.2 you may want to try the following.
1. If Netsape QuickLaunch is enabled, DISABLE it . [Edit >Preferences >Advanced... UNcheck QuickLaunch. Close Netscape.
2. From Start Programs Netscape menu open the Profile Manager and create a new profile (it can be removed later, and the old profile will still be there, so don't worry). Afer creating the new profile start Netscape. No need to redo your Mail, right now. Just check if the browser runs OK in the new profile. If a new profile helps, post back if you need more information on either cleaning up the old profile or transfering information from the old to the new profile. See http://ilias.ca/netscape/profilefaq/
under Selectively transferring certain data
If a new profile doesn't help:
THIS is how I would uninstall and reinstall NS7.2, for a CLEAN install. NO NEED to edit the registry!
If you didn't save the setup files for NS7.2 then download the stub installer (or the full/offline installer, appx 24MB, if you prefer) for NS7.2 and place in a folder you've created, like C:\Setup\Netscape7.2 or on the desktop.
Disable antivirus program
Do a disk cleanup and remove all temp files.
[Easy way: in Start, Run: type in and enter %temp%
and click OK. When the Temp folder opens, click Edit >Select All then click File> Delete. to delete all the contents of the TEMP folder.]
Create a folder called Backup on your hard drive, if you don't already have a backup folder.
Make a copy of the C:\Program Files\Netscape\Netscape\Plugins
folder, then paste the copy in the Backup folder, JUST IN CASE you need any of them. It's better not to reuse plugins if you aren't sure.
Uninstall Netscape 7.2 from add/remove programs
Restart the computer
Delete leftover C:\Program Files\Netscape\Netscape
Delete C:\Program Files\Common Files\mozilla.org\GRE\1.7.2_2004080415
Run the Netscape setup file that you downloaded, to install Netscape 7.2
Choose the Custom install. Besides the browser, I would select:
That would be 13,746 KB total if you are using the stub installer.
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.2) Gecko/20040804 Netscape/7.2 (ax)