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AOL attachment warning message bug can crash your Mac

America Online added a "email attachment warning" to AOL 3.0.1 (possibly in response to the Melissa virus scare). Beware: making the "wrong" set of selections here can trigger a bug that causes a freeze or crash.

When you get an email with an attachment, AOL will put up a warning message asking whether you want to proceed with the download or not. At this point, there will also be a checkbox to disable getting this same warning in the future. If you select to download the file and enable the "Don't show this warning again" check box, you will likely get a freeze or unexpected quit soon thereafter. You'll probably get a Type 2 error with every subsequent download attempt. Rebooting does not fix the problem.

The immediate cause of the problem: For some reason, checking the "don't show" option corrupts the file "DOD Database" within the "Online Files" folder. If you re-install AOL 4, the problem will be corrected. Likewise, restoring the "DOD Database" file from a backup (from before last Friday) will also again allow you to download files.

AOL confirmed the bug and said that upgrading to version 5.0 is the best solution to this problem. That's fine if your Mac meets the minimum requirements of a Power Macintosh running Mac OS 8.1.

In the mean time, AOL confirmed that the way to work-around the bug is to re-install your AOL software and when you attempt download an attachment again, do not disable the warning message. This whole warning can be avoided if you simply drag and drop the attachment to your desktop.

The quicker fix: Simply remove the 'DOD Database' from within the 'Online Files' folder and when you open AOL up it will create a new "DOD Database." This causes the warning message to reappear. You can now avoid checking the "Don't Show" box, which is what triggers the crash. Another thing that seems to work is to throw out AOL's 3.0 Preferences and AOL External Prefs files. This similarly caused the warning to return.

AOL Users: 2/16/01
America Online has introduced, at keyword beta, the new refresh version 5 rev 43a. It works better with first generation Power Macs and low-end Power PC based Performas. It also fixed world wide web problems for BYOA plan users. Version 5 as mentioned above requires a Power Mac running Mac OS 8.1, but a G3 or better is recommended. Mac OS X users can try preview release a2.

Version 4 had a much better browser than version 3 if you still use that. For version 4 you should have at least a Quadra with 24MB of RAM and a color or 256 greyscale monitor 13" or bigger. Of course you'll need to be running System 7.1 at least. For practical use, you'll need a Power Mac running 7.5.5 or better, running Open Transport 1.1.2 or newer.

America Online has upgraded their AOLNet modems to the ITU V.90 modem protocol. See the table below. So if you access the Internet (and this web site) via AOL, then consider updating your x2 and K56flex modem or flash upgrading your older modem's firmware if possible. USR Sportster x2 and Global Village Teleport x2 and SupraExpress 56e modems can all be updated now.

America Online's previous version 3.0.1, was available in Power Mac native and 68K versions. If your old Mac doesn't meet the requirements for version 4, maybe you can still run version 3.0.1. You must have at least a 68030 CPU with 8MB of RAM and a 640x480 & 256 color/grey monitor and System 7.1 and also a 9600 bps MODEM. That cuts out 12" monitors on Mac LC models and Mac II's. Be careful when you install AOL 3.0, if you have an internet account and answer incorrectly the installation questions, it will screw up your internet access software and settings.

If you have had trouble getting a busy signal trying to get connected to AOL, and who hasn't?, especially if you have a regional calling plan, you may want to check out the list of other area AOLnet numbers: Change your setup or add a new locality file, to try the various possibilities in pairs. Almost everything is now AOLnet. Notice that almost all the phone numbers support 3Com (US Robotics) X2 protocol (but are not X2 exclusive). Notice that there is now 3 K56K Flex phone numbers out there.
K56 flex


Phone Number
Garden City (Nassau) V.90/X2 (516) 396-1400
Garden City (Nassau) V.90/X2 (516) 222-5980
Garden City (Nassau) V.90/X2 (516) 393-2300
Hempstead (Nassau) V.90/X2 (516) 560-2120
Hempstead (Nassau) V.90/X2 (516) 560-2140
Hempstead (Nassau) V.90/X2 (516) 560-2260
Great Neck (Nassau) V.90/K56flex (516) 498-3581
Deer Park (W. Suffolk) V.90/X2 (516) 254-5820
Deer Park (W. Suffolk) V.90/X2 (516) 254-5860
Deer Park (W. Suffolk) V.90/X2 (516) 254-5780
Deer Park (W. Suffolk) V.90/X2 (516) 253-5300
Brentwood (W. Suffolk) V.90/K56flex (516) 231-2201
Hauppauge (W. Suffolk) V.90/X2 (516) 436-9250
Hauppauge (W. Suffolk) V.90/X2 (516) 630-3600
Farmingdale (W. Suffolk) V.90/K56flex (516) 501-4181
Riverhead (E. Suffolk) V.90/X2 (516) 369-7200
New York City V.90/X2 (212) 547-0037
New York City V.90/X2 (212) 365-2000
New York City V.90/X2 (212) 804-3880
New York City V.90/X2 (212) 771-9817
New York City V.90/K56flex (212) 238-4340
New York City V.90/K56flex (212) 676-3900
New York City V.90/K56flex (212) 346-5220
New York City V.90/K56flex (212) 676-3160
New York City V.90/X2 (212) 376-1600
New York City 33.6Kbps only (212) 676-3900
Bronx V.90/X2 (718) 210-2610
Bronx V.90/X2 (718) 502-4465
Brooklyn V.90/X2 (718) 210-2620
Queens V.90/X2 (718) 210-2640
Staten Island V.90/X2 (718) 210-2600
Elmsford V.90/X2 (914) 789-5600
White Plains V.90/K56flex (914) 422-1600

Many dial-up Internet users are switching to an Internet Service Provider. I-2000, LI Link, Netcom, Interport Communications, LI Net, IBM Global Services, Web America Networks, Omni-NET Internet Services and Smart Internet Service all have already set up US Robotics X2 56K BPS MODEMs on Long Island. You will have to upgrade your MODEM, if you have a very recent Sportster model or buy a new US Robotics Sportster 56K or Courier V.Everything or Global Village X2 model.

Serious home Internet users are connecting via Cablevision's Optimum Online service. Not every area of Long Island is covered by their service. Check it out on their web site. You can get a do-it-yourself kit at most "The Wiz" stores. Only faster Power Macs can take true advantage of the speed of the cable modem, so if you have a sub 200MHz Power Mac, then don't bother.

In announcing the iBook Extended Repair Program, Apple CFO Phil Schiller said: "We have determined that a small number of iBooks introduced in 2002 have a display problem caused by a component failure on the logic board."

Details of the program are as follows:

Apple's iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program is a worldwide program covering repair or replacement of the logic board in specific iBook models manufactured between May 2002 and April 2003 that are experiencing specific component failures.

The iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program covers iBooks that have a particular component failure on the logic board, resulting in the computer starting up but the built-in and attached external displays exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Scrambled or distorted video
  • Appearance of unexpected lines on the screen
  • Intermittent video image
  • Video freeze
  • Computer starts up to blank screen

    Either an Apple technical support representative or an Authorized Apple Service Provider (AASP) will determine if the component failure identified for the iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program affects your computer and, if so, arrange for the repair.

    The program begins on January 28, 2004, and covers affected iBooks for three years after the first retail sale of the unit. Apple will continue to evaluate the repair data and will provide further repair extensions as needed.

    The program is available for iBooks with serial numbers in the following range(s):

    iBooks with the serial numbers listed above may be referred to as:

    • iBook (16 VRAM)
    • iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM)
    • iBook (Opaque 16 VRAM)
    • iBook (32 VRAM)
    • iBook (14.1 LCD 32 VRAM)

    Apple will also reimburse customers with eligible iBooks for the cost of repairs previously done that are covered under this program, and will pro-actively contact affected customers where Apple has their contact information.

    Once the customer's iBook has been received by Apple or an AASP, it will be inspected to confirm whether it is affected by the component failure that Apple has identified. If the iBook is affected, then Apple or the AASP will repair it at Apple's cost, including shipping charges. Repair may include repair or replacement of the customer's main logic board.

    It is possible that an iBook may exhibit display issues, or other issues, that are unrelated to the specific component identified by Apple as part of this program and are not covered under this program. Apple or an AASP can help you troubleshoot these issues and arrive at a resolution. If your iBook is not covered under warranty or an extended service agreement, such as the AppleCare Protection Plan, repairs for other issues will be your responsibility.

    This program does not extend the standard warranty only.

    To participate in the program, call the appropriate AppleCare Contact Center for the country in which you are located, or contact a local AASP. The U.S. support number is 1-800-275-2273.

  • Apple has posted a FAQ, covering the details of the iBook Logic Board Repair Extension Program at:

    As for Schiller's "small numbers," based on Apple's quarterly sales reports, the number of computers eligible for this program could be in excess of 800,000.

    No replacement parts for pre-PCI PowerMacs and old printers and displays
    Apple said it will discontinue support for "certain technologically obsolete products" and refuse part orders for these products. That's anything seven years or older. Apple calls anything more than five years old but not seven years old a Vintage product. For a list of these see Apple Knowledge Base article 112142.
    (places such as Pre-Owned Electronics, MacWorks and AllMac are good sources for refurbished parts):

    If enough people are interested, there is talk of forming a Junior SIG. It would meet at 9PM after the General Meeting. Contact Scott Randell.

    Keep checking the Vendor Offers for MUG members page each month for discounts extended to Mac User Group members.

    Also, don't forget about the newest local Apple authorized computer store. Click on main logo (or here) for a map.   also offer Macintosh classes.

    Borders bookstores are offering 20% off to LIMac members for most books, excluding magazines and food. 30% off any books on New York Times Best Seller list. Ask the store Manager for details. The deal started in Westbury but other local branches are offering the same deal. We now have an account number, which is 6032 8914 2009 1846. This account number is only for our members and must be presented, along with a current LIMac membership card to get the discount.

    This deal will enable you to make purchases, as a LIMac member, at any of the 300 domestic BORDERS store locations.

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