Document name or path is not valid??

Document name or path is not valid??

Post by Fred M » Wed, 09 Jul 2003 12:49:04


Hello,

A friend is writing a thesis proposal in Word.
He tried to load it and got the message:

Document name or path is not valid.
* Check the file permissions for the document or
drive
* Use the File Open dialogue box to locate the
document

Neither actions seem to be able to recover the file.
We imported it into Framemaker, but the document is
truncated. Gone is the crucial tail end, which
represents a week's work. (We also got messages about
unresolved references when importing to FM).

Is there any way to recover the file?

Fred

PS: Sent to:
microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
microsoft.public.word.application.errors
comp.os.ms-windows.apps.word-proc
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Document name or path is not valid??

Post by Karen Morr » Sat, 12 Jul 2003 00:09:54


And the version of Word is? Service Pack is? First of all are you opening
the file via windows explorer/my computer or going into Word and doing file
and open?

Where is the document located, is it a network drive, local drive like C,
D, or is it on a floppy disk, CD? What is the path to the file? Once you
have the path have you tried going into my computer, or windows explorer and
seeing if the file exists? Have you tried, going to search, or files and
folders and doing a search on say *.doc on all locations which will show all
word documents on drives you selected? Does the Word file appear??

If you can import to Framemaker then the file must be on the machine, so how
about trying to open the file using a plain text editor like wordpad, saving
the text as txt format then creating a new document. You would of course
have to redo the formatting. Does Framemaker have an option to save as a
word file, RTF or text file, maybe you could try saving to another file, I
haven't ever used Framemaker so cannot help here.

If you have version Word 2000 XP, then go to the help menu, try detect and
repair, this might try and repair any corrupted word files. Also go to
tools, options, file locations and check the path to autorecovery for files.
Is the word file perhaps in the folder for auto recovery or maybe a back up
exists?

Also remember that the later versions of Word ie Word 97, 2000, XP will open
word files in any version of word but if you are using an ancient copy of
word 95 it will have trouble trying to open later versions.

Hope some of this helps,
Cheers
Karen
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Document name or path is not valid??

Post by Fred M » Sun, 13 Jul 2003 10:29:45


Hi, Karen,

It was tried on WinNT and Win2K. I'm not sure how to
determine the service pack. We tried opening it from
the file explorer as well as from within Word. The
file shows up, but we still get the puzzling error.


It was on the HDD (C:), and he tried opening it from
the directory from which he has always worked on it.
Then he tried opening it from the desktop on two other
PCs.


Yes. I even used Cygwin (unix command line
interpretter) to display the file.


Yes.


When I open it with a text editor, it looks like a
mess. It's a binary file. It's an engineering thesis
with many figures and equations, so it was easier for
him to redo the work than to recreate it from the
contents of the doc file.


Yes, FM has those options, but the file was incomplete
when we viewed it in FM. The new work was gone.


The backup is a week old. I'll forward the idea of
auto-recovery to my friend. I'm not sure about his
versions of word, but I'll forward the idea of
repairing the file to him.


It was a modern version of Word. It's definitely a
corruption problem.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Fred
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Fred Ma, XXXX@XXXXX.COM
Carleton University, Dept. of Electronics
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1S 5B6