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Re: Re: Re: 6.0.3 Windows front end won't connect

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  • Subject: [mg93493] Re: [mg93478] Re: [mg93466] Re: 6.0.3 Windows front end won't connect
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 06:44:20 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Reinstalling fixed the problem.

For reasons unknown even to me, I didn't first try starting Mathematica 
with a clean cache; I should have tried that first, of course.

Thanks to all who responded.

Tugrul Temel wrote:
> Dear Murray,
> I had the same problem 2 weeks ago. I solved it and sent an e-mail to
> Mathematica forum explaining the steps I have taken.
> Re-install Mathematica and at the "startup" keep pressing "ctrl+shift"
> buttons. This will re-establish the default "init.m" file, which is the
> cause of the problem.
> Also please look for my message in Mathematica forum, which gives a more
> detailed information.
> Regards,
> Tugrul
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Bailey [mailto:dave at] 
> Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 9:30 AM
> To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg93478] [mg93466] Re: 6.0.3 Windows front end won't connect to kernel
> Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>> Any diagnosis of the following problem with Mathematica 6.0.3 running on 
>> Windows XP Pro: In the Front end, if I try to evaluate an expression 
>> with the usual Shift-Enter (or the numeric keypad's Enter), it merely 
>> creates a new line, and no evaluation takes place.
>> The kernel is OK, as I can start that manually and evaluate expressions 
>> there.
>> So what might have causes the break between Front end and Kernel and, 
>> specifically, the reaction to Shift-Return.
>> Background: This system had its motherboard blown by a power surge over 
>> my university's power lines, despite a surge protector. The motherboard 
>> was replaced. The hard drives did not seem to have been affected.
>> AT first I was concerned that the new MB would change the MathID and 
>> hence require a new password.  But the very same mathpass file still 
>> seems to work OK.
> Murray,
> I would start by uninstalling and reinstalling Mathematica - maybe some 
> corruption happened as the motherboard failed.
> Whatever you do, don't move to Vista :)
> David Bailey

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