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Title: function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: rash2 on September 14, 2003, 11:52:06 AM
when I try to use Avast, I get the message , A pplication ??? CAN NOT SKIN, Functio "usi Gry Skin" failed.
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Michal Zrůbecký on September 15, 2003, 10:06:18 AM
Try this:

 1) Select START -> RUN...
 2) In the row write this command:
    a) If you have Windows NT or 2000:
    C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\REGSVR32.EXE ACTSKIN4.OCX
    b) If you have Windows 95, 98 or Millenium:
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\REGSVR32.EXE ACTSKIN4.OCX
    c) If you have Windows XP:
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\REGSVR32.EXE ACTSKIN4.OCX
 3) Press OK (or Enter).
 4) Message saying that the file was successfully registered should
    appear.

 Now should all work properly.
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: dtb on December 18, 2004, 02:32:42 AM
I just reinstalled Avast on my win. 98 laptop to see if I could clear up this error.  I keep getting the usiGetSkin error message.  I tried entering that string that someone suggested but then I keep getting the message --Cannot find the file----or one of its components---Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.

How would I do that???
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 18, 2004, 03:29:45 AM
Why don't you try to repair your installation?
Go to Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > avast! antivirus > Remove
Then choose Repair function in the popup window (Repair).

If this does not help, can you uninstall / boot / install / boot again?
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: dtb on December 18, 2004, 04:16:30 AM
Thanks for the advice.  However I did all that you mentioned and I am still getting that error.  Guess I will have to get a different virus program for that computer.
 :'(
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: techie101 on December 18, 2004, 05:29:48 AM
dtb,

I don't think you need a new virus program.
I think you need a bit more patience.

Avast will work with the OS Win98......I have it on mine.

If you can settle down to tell us exactly what is happening and what error messages you are receiving, then we can help you get Avast working.

Otherwise, good luck in finding a freeware antivirus as good as Avast Home!
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: dtb on December 18, 2004, 05:43:53 AM
Well I have tried all the things mentioned above...
1.  Entering the string in the run command area.
2.  Doing the Repair
3.  Uninstalling/boot, reinstalling/boot
Actually I did these things several times--all evening.  And I know that Avast works on 98--I have used it on other 98 computers but for some reason it doesn't seem to be working on this one.  Any other suggestions?
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Eddy on December 18, 2004, 12:20:00 PM
Do you have the latest MDAC drivers and JET drivers installed?

Can't promise it will solve the problem, but it sure helped people with related problems.
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Germanium202 on December 18, 2004, 06:55:51 PM
W98 can be and most definently is a bit flaky, is there any specific programs you need to use on this laptop that prohibits you from using a better OS?

However, you have free telephone support (i have heard, not used it myself) so just call and don't hang up until the problem is solved.
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: dtb on December 18, 2004, 10:43:47 PM
Well I just downloaded and installed MDAC and cannot seem to find the jet drivers suggested.   I have rebooted and it is still doing the same thing.  Do you think downloading direct x would help?  If so which ones...I am running first edition W98

I am not using this laptop for much but to help folks that connect with me about problems they are having with their 98's.  I have recommended Avast to them and I had hoped to be able to have it on here to use as a guide for questions they might have.

Thanks to everyone who is giving me suggestions.
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Eddy on December 18, 2004, 10:50:40 PM
Direct link to the jet drivers can be found HERE (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?board=10;action=display;threadid=7343;start=msg58209#msg58209)

That is why this board has a search option ;D
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Germanium202 on December 18, 2004, 11:02:53 PM
Direct link to the jet drivers can be found HERE (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?board=10;action=display;threadid=7343;start=msg58209#msg58209)

That is why this board has a search option ;D

Ah, so there is no dependency search included with the installer, that leaves it where the *nix world was 7 years ago, surely you remember that.

You have been involved in computer security for 20+ years you said in another thread, i am just curious, where have you been involved and in what have you been involved?

I'll chase you around in every thread until you tell me, having been in the business in for more than a decade i know yo by neame if you have, and if not, then just say so.

Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Pavel Baudis on December 18, 2004, 11:59:04 PM
Hi Germanium202,

you have told us that you do not understand avast!, you do not use Windows, etc. so please STOP flooding this forum with nonsense contributions. This forum is not Chat forum, it is the support forum for particular program (avast!) which you have never used.

If you have nothing to say to the particular Subject, please stay silent - just don't say anything. If you want to say something just to one user, use Personal Messaging.

PS: I am starting to be really tired with all stuff you just throw at us during last 2 days: your many times mentioned 10-20 years of experience, your expression about all women loving you et cetera. Please don't be off topic any more!!

Pavel
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 19, 2004, 01:19:14 AM
Thanks Pavel.
Really, thanks  8)  :)
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 19, 2004, 01:23:42 AM
Dtb, sorry if I did not help at the first time, but, after all posts here, can you see if your problem could be corrected by setting the storage method in the Avast ini file?

Find the C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\avast4.ini
Open it and scroll down until you see the ODBC line usually under the heading [Common].  Change the Database=ODBC to read Database=XML

Can you post the results?
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Germanium202 on December 19, 2004, 02:11:45 AM
Hi Germanium202,

you have told us that you do not understand avast!, you do not use Windows, etc. so please STOP flooding this forum with nonsense contributions. This forum is not Chat forum, it is the support forum for particular program (avast!) which you have never used.

If you have nothing to say to the particular Subject, please stay silent - just don't say anything. If you want to say something just to one user, use Personal Messaging.

PS: I am starting to be really tired with all stuff you just throw at us during last 2 days: your many times mentioned 10-20 years of experience, your expression about all women loving you et cetera. Please don't be off topic any more!!

Pavel

How about the members stop lying about their experience instead, or, does that not matter, that i am truthful and he is lying his ass off does not matter as long as he praises avast?

I tried to lighten up the mood of the posters with an ot reference and a smiley, perhaps you should disable smileys in this forum, sorry about that, from now on i will be serious in all posts.

So, eddy, you removed your post where you said you have more than 20+ years of experience, in what, i ask?
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Germanium202 on December 19, 2004, 02:15:39 AM
Dtb, sorry if I did not help at the first time, but, after all posts here, can you see if your problem could be corrected by setting the storage method in the Avast ini file?

Find the C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\avast4.ini
Open it and scroll down until you see the ODBC line usually under the heading [Common].  Change the Database=ODBC to read Database=XML

Can you post the results?

Just for fun, why on earth would the original option be one that is so extremely far off? (besides, lf you have an ODBC source, a better alternative is to tie the ODBC  database to the correct one if you aren't in a need to something specific, that way the format can adjust in any way as long as it uses an ODBC driver?
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 19, 2004, 02:16:30 AM
How about the members stop lying about their experience instead, or, does that not matter, that i am truthful and he is lying his ass off does not matter as long as he praises avast?

I never lie. Don't call me a lier or any other avast forum member as you don't know them and their experience.

I tried to lighten up the mood of the posters with an ot reference and a smiley, perhaps you should disable smileys in this forum, sorry about that, from now on i will be serious in all posts.

Pavel has his rights to say you that. You're not reading the forum policy.
Serious is not the same as the language you start using.
Again, you don't know avast, you won't use it. Please, don't flood this forum with your bitterness.
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 19, 2004, 02:19:13 AM
Just for fun

I'm not joking here.
This is not a chat.
I won't answer you questions or try to help you.
I - and thousands of other avast users - will try to ignore you as far as I can.
I'm in this thread to help Dtb  :( >:(
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: S.Z.Craftec on December 19, 2004, 02:23:50 AM
Why don't you calm down everybody ? ...one more time  ::)

Btw, Technical, he meant on Eddy... Eddy erased one of his posts from some other thread, not you... so he was refering to Eddy in his previous post. Just to clear that one...
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 19, 2004, 02:28:44 AM
Why don't you calm down everybody ? ...one more time  ::)

I'm not seing cooperation from the other side, just this.
If he's calling Eddy a lier is the same as calling me: we're a band of brothers, remember?  :P

Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Germanium202 on December 19, 2004, 02:30:25 AM
How about the members stop lying about their experience instead, or, does that not matter, that i am truthful and he is lying his ass off does not matter as long as he praises avast?

I never lie. Don't call me a lier or any other avast forum member as you don't know them and their experience.

I tried to lighten up the mood of the posters with an ot reference and a smiley, perhaps you should disable smileys in this forum, sorry about that, from now on i will be serious in all posts.

Pavel has his rights to say you that. You're not reading the forum policy.
Serious is not the same as the language you start using.
Again, you don't know avast, you won't use it. Please, don't flood this forum with your bitterness.

I don't get what you are saying, can you say it in English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or Spanish please? (not that i understand spanish, at all but it can't be worse.)
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 19, 2004, 02:34:15 AM
Mode switch on: Ignore
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Germanium202 on December 19, 2004, 02:36:40 AM
Why don't you calm down everybody ? ...one more time  ::)

I'm not seing cooperation from the other side, just this.
If he's calling Eddy a lier is the same as calling me: we're a band of brothers, remember?  :P



I am not calling Eddy anything, he said he has more than 20 years of experience in the computer security sections, if he does i know him by name, i want to know what he contributed to in the last 20 years.

If you would let Eddy, the +20 year veteran answer for himself instead, all would be good.

Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: dtb on December 19, 2004, 05:44:14 AM
Thanks for everyone's input.  I have done the following to no avail:

1.   Entered this string into the run command
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\REGSVR32.EXE ACTSKIN4.OCX
2.  Did repair/boot and also reinstalled/boot
3.  Installed MDAC drivers and JET drivers
4.  Looked in avast4.ini--and it already had Database=XML

I still get the usiGetSkin error message.  Not sure what else to try.  
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Vlk on December 19, 2004, 10:55:51 AM
dtb, you didn't tell us what OS you were using.
One more question: After running the Regsvr32 program in step 1., did you get a response? Like "operation succeeded" or something? I've seen a couple of systems where regsvr32 was actually broken (most likely overwritten by another program) and did not work.

Germanium, have you ever heard of things like off-topic postings? I'd recommend reading your contributions in this thread one more time. Sorry to say that, they did not bring ANYTHING to the original poster neither they were related in any way to his question.

I'd call myself someone who tries to understand people who don't quite feel comfortable with the avast fanatism some of our forum users are showing but in your case I really don't see your point. I just don't get it... :-\

Appearently, you're having fun (why else would you spend so much time here and write 100 or so posts) but what else? Don't you realise that your behavior pisses people around you off? Are you like this even in real life??? :(


Vlk
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: S.Z.Craftec on December 19, 2004, 03:57:31 PM
I think he said he is using Windows 98... see here:

Quote
Actually I did these things several times--all evening.  And I know that Avast works on 98--I have used it on other 98 computers but for some reason it doesn't seem to be working on this one.  Any other suggestions?

Btw,
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I'd call myself someone who tries to understand people who don't quite feel comfortable with the avast fanatism some of our forum users are showing...

Who are those guys ? I personaly don't know anybody that acts like that. There are 3 groups... First one is those who came in here just to blame it, second one contains people that like avast!, and the third one those who likes it so much that they spend their free time helping people if they can... no fanatism at all.

Anyway, let's help this guy with his problem, I don't wanna start second off-topic in this same thread... it's enough.  ;)
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Eddy on December 19, 2004, 04:10:40 PM
dtb,

I'm not giving up. Is this Win98 or Win98se?
Have you tried to replace regserv32 with the original one from the Windows cd?
Is this a preinstalled Windows?
Any error(s) (even a small one) in device manager?
Do you have any pcmci cards or other add-ons on the system?
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 19, 2004, 06:22:15 PM
I'd call myself someone who tries to understand people who don't quite feel comfortable with the avast fanatism some of our forum users are showing but in your case I really don't see your point. I just don't get it... :-\

Vlk, we are not fanatic.
avast has errors, bugs, can be improved, support always could be better, improve, etc. like any other software.

We all recognize this. Where is the fanatism?
Did you try to use other antivirus?
We tried... we fell comfortable with avast but seems you don't  ??? ::)
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: dtb on December 19, 2004, 11:04:02 PM
I am using W 98....first edition.  
I get the following after I do step one:
LoadLibrary ("ACTSKIN4.0CX") FAILED.  GetLastError returns 0x00000485
I have not tried to replace regserv32---not sure how to do that.  
It is preinstalled windows.  
I don't know how to tell if there is an error in the device manager.  
The only add on I would have would be my network card.
Thanks again to everyone who is trying to help--it is much appreciated.  :)
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Eddy on December 19, 2004, 11:14:43 PM
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I have not tried to replace regserv32
Use the SFC for that. (INFO) (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q192832/)

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I don't know how to tell if there is an error in the device manager.
Open device manager and look if there is an exclamation mark or a red cross. (right click 'my computer' > properties > device manager)

It looks like for some reason ACTSKIN4.OCX is not registered correctly.
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Vlk on December 19, 2004, 11:34:51 PM
It's actually actskin4.ocx (it's the letter O, not zero).

Did you have this correct?

Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 20, 2004, 12:54:04 AM
I'd call myself someone who tries to understand people who don't quite feel comfortable with the avast fanatism some of our forum users are showing but in your case I really don't see your point. I just don't get it... :-\

Vlk, we are not fanatic.
avast has errors, bugs, can be improved, support always could be better, improve, etc. like any other software.

We all recognize this. Where is the fanatism?
Did you try to use other antivirus?
We tried... we fell comfortable with avast but seems you don't  ??? ::)

Won't you even comment this?  ??? ::)
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Vlk on December 20, 2004, 04:43:23 PM
Quote
Vlk, we are not fanatic.
avast has errors, bugs, can be improved, support always could be better, improve, etc. like any other software.

We all recognize this. Where is the fanatism?
Did you try to use other antivirus?
We tried... we fell comfortable with avast but seems you don't  


Dear Technical, (I hate to be off-topic but this thread has more than 50% of off-topic posts already :-\) from some of the posts on the forum a reader may actually get the impression that we're blaming other programs/OS components instead of confessing that the problem in fact lies in avast.

Please note that I'm not talking about yourself (you have been very very kind even to novice users, and I thank you for this).

It's just that besides novices, there are also users with deep knowledge of computer security who somehow feel offended if the forum suggests that it's not avast's fault, it must be something else on their system. Or users that have paid for the program and came here to simply ask a question and get a clear answer - but instead their thread gets flooded with unrelated posts... :-[

Well, enough of that. I think we've all had enough during the weekend.


Happy Holidays.
Vlk
Title: Re:function ''usiGetSkin"failed
Post by: Lisandro on December 20, 2004, 09:45:00 PM
Dear Technical, (I hate to be off-topic but this thread has more than 50% of off-topic posts already :-\) from some of the posts on the forum a reader may actually get the impression that we're blaming other programs/OS components instead of confessing that the problem in fact lies in avast.

Please note that I'm not talking about yourself (you have been very very kind even to novice users, and I thank you for this).

It's just that besides novices, there are also users with deep knowledge of computer security who somehow feel offended if the forum suggests that it's not avast's fault, it must be something else on their system. Or users that have paid for the program and came here to simply ask a question and get a clear answer - but instead their thread gets flooded with unrelated posts... :-[

Well, enough of that. I think we've all had enough during the weekend.

Happy Holidays. Vlk

Thank you Vlk. I'll try to not get off topic  ;)
Happy Holidays for you and all avast team  :)