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Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« on: July 31, 2021, 01:09:00 AM »
Nothing that disturbs the excellent performance of Planetdance in a very old Windows 7 system, a notebook with 2 Gb RAM. However, trying to "Help - Check for updates" causes Planetdance to freeze completely, as soon as the screen with information about updates and improvements is shown. The only way is to terminate Planetdance through the Task Manager.

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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2021, 07:10:38 AM »
Hi Miguelf - thanks for your very kind comments about Planetdance - it's really positive to hear your feedback. Jean will take a look at your problem as he manages the update/download processes.

Best wishes. Ed

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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2021, 07:37:55 AM »
thanks for the compliments!
Just checked on a win 7 pc, no problems, i think this is unique to that system. You could try help - download - update planetdance. Else you should download from the website.
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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2021, 02:45:04 AM »
Hi Miguelf - thanks for your very kind comments about Planetdance - it's really positive to hear your feedback. Jean will take a look at your problem as he manages the update/download processes.

Best wishes. Ed

Lots of thanks, Aber. Especially for this impressive work of all of you! As a user, I feel extremely gratified to follow the constant improvement of Planetdance.
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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2021, 02:55:35 AM »
thanks for the compliments!
Just checked on a win 7 pc, no problems, i think this is unique to that system. You could try help - download - update planetdance. Else you should download from the website.

Thank you so much, Jean! In fact, the issue is probably on my system. In addition to being a minor detail, it might be something that a system "Scanhealth" cleanup and a Planetdance reinstallation can solve.  :)
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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2021, 12:30:54 PM »
I've had another report that it crashes on the what's new screen but i have no idea why. Does Help - download - update work?
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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2021, 05:13:24 PM »
I've had another report that it crashes on the what's new screen but i have no idea why. Does Help - download - update work?

Hi Jean! Please excuse the delay in replying. That issue can be fixed in a simple edit of pd.ini file. The [UpdatesForm] input must necessarily keep the ZERO value as a parameter. It seemed to me that this is due to the specification of window dimensions, right after. If the window is set to "maximized", PD seems to try to implement the established dimensions without success. This might cause freezing. In my case, just changing the value [UpdatesForm]=2 to [UpdatesForm]=0 reduced the update window and unfroze my beloved Planetdance!  :D

Hope the tip helps!

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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2021, 08:34:50 AM »
can you test this for me:
- download https://jcremers.com/pd.exe and replace your local copy
- edit c:\planetdance\pd.ini just do something so that it's modified and save it.
- now start the downloaded exe, how does it go?
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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2021, 02:57:28 AM »
can you test this for me:
- download https://jcremers.com/pd.exe and replace your local copy
- edit c:\planetdance\pd.ini just do something so that it's modified and save it.
- now start the downloaded exe, how does it go?

OK! I just modified back the entry [UpdatesForm], setting the parameter Maximized=0 to 2.
Planetdance re-maximized the update window, showing it's content and immediately freezing. I killed the PD process and reedited pd.ini in order to set Maximized=0. Planetance returned to normal.

Well, I tried to do my best to play "do something" in the hardest way I could imagine. That is, I edited pd.ini in the worst possible way.

You can count on me for new experiments... 8) ;D
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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2021, 06:16:49 AM »
Thanks Miguelf - Jean will take a look at this. Interesting.  ;D Ed

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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2021, 07:59:16 AM »
I thought it was the whatsnew window that was causing problems so i modified the wrong code.
Does help - download - update planetdance work?

After updating, try updating again using the other method again, as an experiment, i disabled maximizing windows.
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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2021, 01:59:20 PM »
Hey, Ed and Jean, it works! Now I'm no longer able to screw with Planetdance! I'll have to get another entertainment... :P
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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2021, 02:06:56 PM »
I agree, software that just works is boring. :)
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Re: Win 7. "Help - Check Updates" freezes Planetdance
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2021, 07:50:46 AM »
Hi Miguelf - This fix is down to Jean - but thanks anyway! Jean takes care of all the technical stuff with the main program. I'm glad you're pleased with the software.

Ed