4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 22, 2007 7:37 AM by AndyO
Cupillac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hey guys!

My father's MacMini will not open some the his excel spreadsheets anymore since the update he thinks.
I opened a couple, then there were a few others that had an error "Error in loading DLL"

This applies to some files he could previously open and now can't.

Any suggestions

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Pos Level 4 Level 4 (1,170 points)
    Hi Cupillac,

    One thing you can do, is hold down command (apple key) whilst dargging and dropping the saved excel spreadsheet onto the excel app icon. This will force the app to attempt to open the document, and it's your best bet for starters.

    If this doesn't work, then 'repair permissions' through the Disk Utility. It may be that Excel has lost some privelages during the update.

    If this doesn't work, please get back
    -Pos
  • Boece Level 5 Level 5 (6,245 points)
    "Error in loading DLL"

    That sounds a lot like a Windows error message? Is your Dad running BootCamp or Parallels, by any chance?
  • Cupillac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks I'll try that force run later on today when I get to work.

    And no he doesnt have boot camp or parallels installed.

    Thanks for the tips I'll post back soon.
  • AndyO Level 6 Level 6 (17,050 points)
    There are dll files associated with some MacOS applications - they're library files just as they are in Windows. I don't see any such relating to MS Office products on my own G4 system (I have dlls for Flash, Dreamweaver and inDesign for example), but if this error has occurred since and update was installed, there is a possibility that something required by Excel has either been overwritten, deleted or the rights to it changed.

    First thing to try is to repair permissions on the startup disk by opening Disk Utilities (in applications/utilities) and clicking the repair permissions button.

    If that doesn't work, I would reinstall the MS Office software from the original disk, and see if that resolves it, since doing so would be expected to replace any application-specific support files.