How to Repair Script Errors

By Ian Kenney

Most Internet users want the web to “just work.” When you think about it, the Internet often does “just work,” which puts minor errors in quite a bright spotlight. Script issues are a particular annoyance even though they often result in minor or even invisible breaks in a web page’s display properties. It’s like the warning at the bottom of Internet Explorer that says, “Done, but with errors on the page,” which can be a constant nagging message. Thankfully, Microsoft dramatically improved its script debugging engine with IE 8, but that doesn’t completely stop the annoying messages warning you that a script error has occurred.

Step 1

Disable script debugging. In IE through version 7, script debugging was enabled by default. Go to “Tools” and then “Internet Options.” On the “Advanced” tab under “Browsing,” you’ll see “Disable Script Debugging.” Check the box next to that, and while you’re in there, uncheck the box next to “Display a Notification About Every Script Error.” In IE 8, script debugging is already disabled by default.

Step 2

IE 8 includes a handy icon that allows you to run the browser in compatibility mode. Locate the button next to the refresh button that looks like a page broken in half. Click it and see if this resolves the problem.

Step 3

Try loading the troubled site from another computer. If the page loads normally from another location, you could have an issue that is local to your machine.

Step 4

Clean out your browser files by opening “Tools” and “Internet Options.” In IE 6 and earlier editions, click “Settings” under “Temporary Internet Files” on the “General” tab. Delete the files.

Step 5

Click “Clear History” on the general tab, and then choose “Delete Cookies.” In IE 7 and 8, you can delete temporary files, clear the history and delete the cookies all by clicking “Delete” under the “Browsing History” heading on the “General” tab. A dialogue will appear that allows you to select which information you’d like to delete.

Step 6

Update the driver for your video card. Check the manufacturer’s website for the most current download information.

Step 7

Check the settings on your antivirus or firewall software to ensure that Active X is not blocked. Consult your AV software documentation for details.