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Protel 99 SE, window not visible

Discussion in 'CAD' started by Winfield Hill, Jul 26, 2007.

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  1. One of us here is a Protel 99 SE user, and has
    developed a strange problem on his Acer laptop,
    running Windows XP. The program seems to
    startup, and shows its splash screen for a few
    seconds, but then no program window appears.

    Protel has a Client99SE taskbar button (and it's
    also on the Task Manager list). If the button is
    selected it says you can Minimize, but Restore
    is greyed out. If you go ahead and minimize it,
    Minimize is greyed out and the Restore option
    is available, but clicking on that does not reveal
    a program window.

    If you start the program by clicking on a .pcb file,
    for example, the splash screen is up for a longer
    time (while it's loading the file), but still no visible
    program window after the spash screen closes.

    So it seems the program is running, but won't
    show a work screen.

    Removing and reinstalling Protel 99 SE didn't fix
    the problem. Removing Altium Designer 6, which
    had been installed earlier, didn't fix the problem.
  2. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    when you removed the program, did you also go into the registry
    and remove all entries to do with that program?
    Many times even when you reinstall after using an uninstaller
    for example. Traces of settings for that App will remain in the registry.
    Now, I'm thinking of an scenario (since I my self write code), it's
    highly possible the app saves it's last screen position for the main
    form. could it be possible that at one point an external monitor or
    screen size of a much greater value was implemented? and in this case,
    the form was off to the right, and program closed before switching back?

    Just a guess, some authors of apps forget to this part to correct for
    it un start up.

    Something to think about.
  3. Yeah, Win, I have seen two scenarios like this. Either it is off the
    physical screen, or it has been sized to be really, really small so that
    you can't see it. Usually, you can contact Altium and the folks there
    can point you to the offending registry keys or configuration file where
    you can usually nuke them and they get automaticaly recreated...

  4. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest


    If it's off the screen like Charlie suggests (I've seen this as well), select
    "move" from the taskbar icon and then press each of the arrow keys a couple of
    times to see if it "snaps" back to the visible portion of the screen (while
    Windows apparently has no qualms about letting windows open off-screen, while
    they're being moved it does enforce their location such that they're visible).
    Try this first with a program that's behaving and you'll see how it works.

    This trick works even for programs without taskbar icons... if you run the
    program and then press Alt+Space, it brings up the "window" menu, which has
    the "move" option available.

  5. nospam

    nospam Guest

    Might just be the window is off screen. With it active hit Alt-Space then M
    then a cursor key after which you can drag with mouse.

    Otherwise try renaming/deleting ini files, think client99se.ini is the main

  6. Winfield

    Winfield Guest

    Yes, I had thought of the offscreen or too small possibilities,
    but thanks! I couldn't remember the Alt+Space trick. Somehow
    the move option didn't seem to reveal itself from the taskbar.
  7. Winfield,
    Since you say this is on a laptop, possibly you are suffering from the
    same problem an associate has periodically on his laptop. Has your laptop
    been connected to a second external monitor and P99SE was moved to the
    external monitor for a work session?
    Not all apps can readily/easily be recovered after having been moved to
    an external monitor at some point. I would bet that if you attached a second
    monitor again, you will find your P99SE window on the external monitor
    desktop. Sorry, don't know any other way to recover it (my associate
    probably does but he is on vacation at the moment).
  8. OK, that's what happened: the program was coming up
    on the 2nd monitor, even though there was no second
    monitor attached. Now the laptop has P99SE back on
    its main screen, but we don't know why this happened.
    When your associate gets back from vacation, let us
    know what he says about how to control this scene.

    And thanks for your help!
  9. Win,
    Don't hold your breathe, I am not too sure if my associate knows any
    tricks for fixing the problem. I still hear him curse and muttter under his
    breathe from time to time. Then typically he plugs in the second monitor to
    fix it. I should also say that this is not just a P99SE problem, my
    associate sees it with several misc programs he does use and he doesn't use
  10. TT_Man

    TT_Man Guest

    Perhaps it's just a glitch within 99SE.... I have a dual monitor card, with
    no second monitor now, and my Client 3.2 has never switched to the 2nd
    screen...But I have used it in the past.( 2nd screen+ Client)
  11. The laptop began opening P99SE in the 2nd screen after
    it had been used once in a dual-screen mode to play a
    video game. After opening P99SE once with a 2nd screen
    attached, and closing, thereafter it went back to coming
    up on the laptop screen.
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