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Inaccessible File

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:25 am
by Dzoo91
I have an inaccessible file that is extremely important to me.
I was able to access it until today, when open office tried to run me through the registration process(which included payment.) I said I wanted to register later and it jumped to a small window called the ASCII Filter Options. I tried to select a format closest to the ones related to the document, but I still cannot access it. When looking at the icon to the file it now has a 'C' on it. When I tried to access it on a simpler program (such as word pad.) The text comes up as nothing but ##########################. And is only a few pages where'st the original document was over 200 pages. This is extremely upsetting for me because I have spent over a year on this doc. I switched to Open Office because I believed it to be better than Microsoft Word. I am very disappointed. Luckily I had a new version of the file on hold but some of the text is changed. To me the 'C' can only stand for 'copyright' and I will be very upset if my doc was stolen or plagiarized. Please, can someone help me access this file, it is driving me mad. If this can't be fixed I will be uninstalling this program and never-ever using it again.

Re: Inaccessible File

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:44 am
by julinalex07
Can you Please tell me the extension of the file ? :?:
and please don't be upset iam sure there is a way to fix the problem :super:

Re: Inaccessible File

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:41 am
by B Marcelly
Hi,
Dzoo91 wrote:I was able to access it until today, when open office tried to run me through the registration process(which included payment.)

OpenOffice is free, no charge, no payment at registration ! Registration is free and is asked at first use. Did you update the program recently ? You may have downloaded the program from a crook site that wants to get $$$ from you. The correct download site is http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Dzoo91 wrote: it jumped to a small window called the ASCII Filter Options. I tried to select a format closest to the ones related to the document, but I still cannot access it. When looking at the icon to the file it now has a 'C' on it. When I tried to access it on a simpler program (such as word pad.) The text comes up as nothing but ##########################. And is only a few pages where'st the original document was over 200 pages.

This means your document is lost. I suppose you still have old versions of it.

Note that there are cases where documents may be wrecked. If the computer went out of power when working; if the RAM or HD is not working properly; or because of viruses or software faults.

Re: Inaccessible File

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:05 am
by Hagar Delest
Sadly, nothing to do: 22 page term paper replaced with pound signs.

Check the temporary folder of the system (see in OOo Tools>Options>OOo>Paths). If there are folders like sgmlf.tmp with a file having the same name inside, make a copy of that file, rename it in .doc or .odt and cross your fingers.

Were you saving in .doc or .odt? Remember that the .doc import/export filters have been reverse engineered, so bette use native ODF.
BTW, any special event prior to this? Like a power failure?

Else, nothing to do I fear.