'Kernel32' not source of error

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March 20, 2000|By James Coates | James Coates,Chicago Tribune

Maybe you can help me with an error message I seem to be getting in Windows when I run a specific program. The message says the program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. When I click on details, it shows that a page fault occurred in Kernel32.dll.

I suspect that I need to replace that driver. However, I have two problems. First, I don't know where to get a good copy of Kernel32.dll, and second, I don't know how to install it if I had a good copy.

Kernel32 is the module of Windows 95/98 that kicks in when any program is run. Kernel32 is supposed to load the executable code (.exe) and dynamic link libraries (.dlls) needed for that program. When Kernel32 encounters a glitch in a program, the operating system kicks out that message about a fault in Kernel32, making it sound like there is a file called Kernel32 that needs to be replaced. Not so. Kernel32 is not the problem; it's merely the messenger.

Your best hope is to reload whatever program is burping each time it gets run rather than fretting over Kernel32.

All this talk about digital video has got me drooling, but no one seems to know whether the Sony FireWire can be used on IBM-compatible computers. Can it?

Numerous products allow FireWire-type desktop video in Windows machines, and more are on the way. Windows DV products from Dazzle Multimedia and Pinnacle Systems are already on the shelves.

DV (digital video or desktop video) is a system where digital camcorders connect directly to personal computers, allowing one to download movies onto the hard drive and use editing software to enhance them before sending the finished films back to the camcorder using the same connection.

FireWire is merely Apple's word for the universal IEEE 1394 high-speed connection standard that also works on the Windows side by installing expansion cards with FireWire connectors into a PCI slot. Users then plug their digital camcorders into the cards, just as DV iMac owners do with that computer's built-in FireWire IEEE 1394 port.

I recently bought a Gateway computer and am using Word, Excel, etc. On my old computer I had PFS:WindowWorks, which was a good word processor, spreadsheet and database program.

The word processing files in that program are in .wpd format, the spreadsheet files are in .wpl format, and the database files are in .wdf format. I would like to convert all of these to .doc, .xls, etc., so as to use them in Word, Excel, etc. There must be a program out there that will change them.

You can shell out $60 to Inso Inc. for its software called QuickView Plus 5. Go to www.jasc.com and that software will let you view your documents and then copy them for pasting into your new programs. This works OK for word-processing documents, but doesn't carry over the formulas in many spreadsheets and database files.

My preference would be to go back to the old computer and use the Save As command in each program to save all the PFS files in ordinary ASCII (or .txt) onto floppy disks. You can then import them into the various Microsoft programs (Word, Excel and Access).

A couple of weeks back, you had a question about moving a large file to floppy disks. You recommended WinZip. I don't disagree with you, but I want to suggest a very powerful alternative solution for people who need to use 1.4-megabyte floppy disks to move files that are larger than 10 mega-bytes. Freeware from PC World called File Splitter cuts huge files into smaller files that can be saved on single floppy disks.

Your idea about File Splitter is first rate. WinZip, though, offers far more than just the ability to chop up huge files and parse them among several floppies. It lets users convert their own files into highly compressed .zip files for sending over the Internet, and it also decompresses the .zip files that are almost universally used with software, like File Splitter itself, that is available for download. Since you need WinZip to decode File Splitter, I didn't include it in the original answer.

File Splittercanbefoundatwww.pcworld.com/file world/file--description/0,1458,6938,00.html.

WinZip can be found at www. winzip.com.

Send e-mail to jcoates@tribune. com.

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