After reinstalling SPSS version 12, VB scripts started working again. But everything else stopped working. I started getting errors saying my hard drive was full, even though there is still 2.4 GB free on this disk.
Now, an error saying &H800405e8 may be mysterious and unhelpful and completely alien to me, but there's at least the possibility that this error really does refer to something that's factually correct. It's comforting in some way to think that even though I don't know what the error is, SPSS knows, even if it won't tell me.
Saying my hard drive is full when it's not, on the other hand, is factually wrong. Not only am I unaware of what the problem is, but SPSS is outright lying to me. That's somehow worse. The computer has gone from secretive to immoral. I fear the next step in my computer's evolution is outright violence.
I reinstalled SPSS version 13 and it works again, including VB scripts. I don't know what more needs to be said at this point. What's the emoticon for "pleading helplessness"?