'Run-time error '5853': Invalid parameter', when opening Word
Thread poster: DPS

DPS
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Sep 23, 2010

Hi everyone,

For the past few days, whenever I open Word, a window has been popping up, reading 'Run-time error '5853': Invalid parameter'. Choices given are clicking on either 'Help' (with Windows Help not containing any information about this error code) or 'End'. If I select the latter, the window disappears and I can go on and use Word without any apparent problems.

Still, there's got to be something wrong. Does anyone know what this message means and how I can find out if there is a problem and if so, what?

Cheers,
Petra


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Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
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A few things you might try Sep 24, 2010

As none of the techno-wizards have picked up on this one, I can only offer my own experience, and suggestions that you might have already tried. I can't tell you exactly what the error message means, but this happened twice on my old set up.

There are the basic "house-work" procedures to try first, which might help:
- clear out all unecessary old files (in My Computer right click on C drive, then Properties, then Disk Cleanup)
- remember to clear out old sent e-mails, which can pile up unseen and choke the works, especially if they have large attached files.
- defragment the hard disk (should be a weekly routine)
- check for viruses and malware
- run a registry checker/cleaner/repairer

At least if your computer is clean and tidy, it's easier (and less embarrassing!) if you have to get someone else to look at it.

Back up everything onto CD or memory stick, once you've checked the files are not infected. You can also try a "system restore" if you have Windows XP, though this embeds firmly any viruses on board - so only do it once you're sure the machine is clean.

The first time this happened, it turned out the computer had been infected by a worm-type virus. Even though I managed to extract it successfully, the worm had corrupted some important files "deep down", which left the whole system limping along painfully. I could still use Word and most other programmes quite normally as long as the files weren't too big, but eventually had to reinstall the Windows operating system and everything else on top.

The second time this happened was just before the hard disk failed. I just hope you'll be spared that!

Good luck!
Alison


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DPS
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Haven't run the registry cleaner yet... Sep 24, 2010

Hi Alison,

Thanks for you tips. Until this morning the window just irritated me mildly whenever I opened Word. Now you got me really worried!


I have done most of the things you've suggested, sans running a registry checker.

If anything, as you quite rightly put it, at least this will save me from the embarrassment of taking my computer to the support guy without having done my homework first!

Thanks,
Petra


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Albert Golub  Identity Verified
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related to dot file (Trados template) Sep 24, 2010

see
http://www.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/169453-trados_licence_manager_has_stopped_working_2007.html

Don't worry for your computer, it should be ok


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Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
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I hope Albert is right! Sep 24, 2010

Oh dear! I didn't want to worry you, it's just that my computer was really poorly before I got that message coming up.

If it's CAT-related, it might well be nothing to worry about. Let's hope so.


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