You can use the tips listed here if the search applet does not function properly.
The search applet operates within your browser and is thus subject to the capabilities and limitations of this browser, for your particular environment and operating system. In general, you'll have fewer problems with a later version of the browser. In particular, Netscape 3 and Microsoft Explorer 3 may prove more problematic than their respective 4 versions.

Here are some malfunction symptoms:

The following is a list of possible remedies listed in the order of likelihood they will fix the malfunction:

  1. Check the search starting point.
  2. Ensure the proper setting of the CLASSPATH environment variable.
  3. If you are using Netscape 4, it could be a Netscape 4 security setting.
  4. See if it is a cache problem.
  5. At last resort, upgrade to version 4 of your browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape).


    Check the search starting point

    Make sure the starting point is an existing file or URL. For web URLs you need to specify 'http://' if the URL doesn't start with 'www'.
    If the search cannot find the first page, try to indicate an actual HTML file instead of a directory, e.g. instead of


    Setting the CLASSPATH Environment Variable


    Netscape 4 Security Setting

    It seems that only the Windows version of Netscape 4 has this problem; Netscape 3 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 3 and 4 all work fine; Netscape 4 seems to work fine in Unix.
    Without going into the gory details, here is what you have to do:
  6. For Unix environments, it is similar to the Windows case except that the Preferences file is called preferences.js and that it is located in the .netscape subdirectory of your home directory. e.g. ~/.netscape/preferences.js


    Cache Problems

    This is more likely to occur if you are running several versions of Netscape and/or Microsoft Explorer in Windows95, or if you switch between HtmlSearch Pro and HtmlSearch Lite.
    1. Close all your browser windows, then open the one you plan on using, making sure the page displayed is NOT the search page.
    2. Empty the browser's cache:
      • Netscape 3: Options->Network Preferences->Cache->empty memory and disk caches
      • Netscape 4: Edit->Preferences->Advanced->Cache->empty memory and disk caches
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3: View->Options->Advanced->Temporary Internet files->Settings->Empty folder
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4: View->Internet Options->General->Temporary Internet files->Delete files
    3. Load the search applet from the browser's File menu: by using the File->Open from the browser's menu. The file you want to load is X:\search.htm, where X is your CD-ROM drive letter.
    4. If the search now works, you should create a shortcut on your desktop or in your start menu to invoke the browser and the desired page:
      • Right click and drag your desktop's browser icon (MSIE or Netscape).
      • When releasing the mouse button, select 'Create shortcut'.
      • Right click on the new icon and select 'Properties'.
      • Select the 'Shortcut' tab
      • In the "Target" text entry, there is the path to the browser program. After that path, add a space then the text: "X:\index.htm" where X is your CD-ROM drive letter. Make sure you do not modify the text that is already in the "Start in" window.
      • Press the OK button
      • You can now view the outputs by using the shortcut you just created.
      • You can also add a shortcut to the start menu if you wish.