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From Rory O'Farrell <>
Subject Re: Request for help [Was Re: Is anyone using Apple Pages?
Date Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:35:22 GMT
On Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:49:10 +0100
Rory O'Farrell <> wrote:

> On Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:50:40 -0400 (EDT)
> wrote:
> > I am hoping you would be willing to help me.   I have posted 3 times with 
> > no answers.
> > I am 76, just learning this wonderful new world...10 days ago downloaded  
> > Open Office.  Was able to open and edit docs from my Flash Drive..Then  
> > somehow????, 98% of my docs (90% of which I had not even opened in Open  Office),

> > got changed from Word docs to 1.0 Text  Documents (which 
> > as I understand it (not sure) are text encoded docs) 
> > When I try to open,  pop-up ASCII menu comes up.  No matter what  I do 
> > there, the doc opens as computer code.  I NEED these documents which  represent

> > 25 years of creative work.  (I am a Jazz  pianist/composer/poet).\
> >  
> > Thanking you in advance,   God Bless you and yours,
> >  
> > Cal Bezemer / Cal Q LateR
> Fitstly, I direct you to our Forum at
> where you should register and pose any follow up queries.
> We need to know what operating system you are using (such as Windows version)
> Did these files ever open with OpenOffice? Have you recently upgraded OpenOffice? If
so, what version are you currently using? 
> The first thing to try with strange happenings with OpenOffice is to delete or rename
the User Profile. Details on how to do this are given at
> [Tutorial] The OpenOffice User Profile 
> Then start up OpenOffice, and make a trivial file. In writerm,  if you type "dt" (no
quotes) and press F3, you should get a page of dummy text. Save this file to the local hard
disk (NOT the Flash Drive), then try to reopen it. If it reopens, then we are on the right
> Best not to write to your Flash Drive until it is certain that your OpenOffice installation
is working OK.
> If you have only recently moved to OpenOffice (or upgraded it), from which site did you
download? We only recommend downloading through (automatic redirection
to Sourceforge)
> You say you are using a Flash Drive and have been working to it. Is this a solid state
USB stick, or is it a USB connected hard drive? Experience on the above Forum is that it is
bad practice to work direct to a solic state Flash Drive for a number of reasons: 
> One is that the life of these is limited - the circuitry may support only a limited number
of Write cycles and they may fail without warning. 
> Secondly, they ought be removed from the computer using a definite USB removal protocol;
should they not be so removed, or should the computer be closed down too quickly, the files
can be left in an uncertain, often unreadable, state. 
> Thirdly they are also sensitive to static electricity from being transported in pockets.
Again, subject to failure without warning.
> If you come back to the mailing list or the Forum with answers, we can carry on from
> -- 
> Rory O'Farrell <>

I mis-pasted the address of the Turtorial on how to delete or rename the User Profile. It
is at

Rory O'Farrell <>

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