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Old May 30th, 2005
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ammohua is flying high
Question cannot open limewire! WTF!!

For some reason i tried to open limewire today, and after i double clicked the shortcut on my desktop, an hourglass pops up for maybe half a second, then dissapears but the program will not open. i have tried restarting my computer and even uninstalling and reinstalling the software but nothing seems to work. PLEASE HELP!!! i am using Ares as a backup but it SUCKS!!!

Thanks A LOT!!

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Old May 31st, 2005
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I have te same problem
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Old June 1st, 2005
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1234 is flying high
Exclamation hop it hlps

what os are u using?

If it is win2k serv i know y
u need servpak3 which has java suport built in but no longer haz in servpak4 because sun threatend suit

Hope Hlps

I also had this prob
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Old June 3rd, 2005
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Mr. G is flying high

The same thing is happening to me.... I am running xp with SP2.

It was fine... the PC crashed and now I cannot start LW. What gives?
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Old June 3rd, 2005
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Xiccarph is flying high

I run W2k sp4 with an ATI x800 xt, and I get a blank white window at 4.8.1 startup, and then another blank, slightly larger greyed window opens titled "language options". If I move the grey window over so i can see the white window, and then hold the mouse button down over the grey window's title bar, I can see a moving action bar that says "loading HTML engine". Releasing the mouse button makes the action bar go away. Nothing else happens; all i can do is click on the "X" box to close the grey window, then both the white and grey blank windows close. 4.8.1 needs a fix,but dont know what. Support says ATI cards can give problems, but if older versions of LW worked, why cant they fix the bug in this one??
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Old June 4th, 2005
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Xiccarph is flying high

I tried all the suggestions that applied in the gnutella post. None worked. I tried the current and earlier versions of java, different users (I already was admin).
I'd install the prev version of Limewire, but dont know where to find one. Never had an issue with Limewire before, so whatever 4.8.1 did, they need to address it, or I've (and many others apparently) wasted $ upgrading the Pro. I might put XP upgrade back on just to see if the problem extends to XP as well. So far, LW support hasnt got back to me after thier first suggestion failed (updating my ATI drivers).
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Old June 5th, 2005
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Mikeythekat is flying high

I don't know what the hell is wrong won't open either. I have tried the free version and Pro and neither work. I have upgraded to the newest Java and uninstalled and re-installed both versions and still no go. I remember having this problem before when I had to re-install XP Pro SP2 but can't for the life of me remember how I got it to work. Any luck with anyone else having the same problem?
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Old June 5th, 2005
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sberlin is flying high

Take a look at .
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Old June 5th, 2005
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Mikeythekat is flying high

I just remembered how I fixed the problem I just uninstalled the newest version of Java (which is what you can download from now) and rebooted. Then I went to and downloaded the JRE version and "Boom! Tuff actin' Tinactin" style both versions of Limewire work just fine. And it will now aloow you to upgrade Java when newer versions become available. I don't know why it needs the older version to work before it will work with newer versions but it does. Hope everyone with this issue is now a happy file sharer. You might also want to check out downloading Peer Guardian 2 from for the more moderate downloader.
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Old June 6th, 2005
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nutty is flying high
Default lw won't open

I've tried uninstalling both lw and java several times as you suggested to no avail any other suggestions?
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