I have been experiencing this problem consistently, and cannot solve it. It affects my ability launch the browser, though I have never been able to reproduce it on another computer. The problem continued following a complete reformat of my computer, and has occurred in every build of Mozilla that I have used from M17 through v0.8 and all Netscape builds. When I attempt to load the browser, it will not display the window. The browser loads into memory, but never appears. It then has to be killed via the "Close Program" dialog box. This problem, however, does not occur if Windows has just been started. Windows usually must already be running for a while before this problem begins to appear (I'm reporting this bug with Mozilla and Windows is now running for about one hour). I'm guessing that Mozilla has an incompatibility of some type with a DLL or application that gets loaded during my Windows session, but I have no idea how to pinpoint the exact problem. If anyone can offer me a suggest of how to track down what is keeping Mozilla from going, please let me know, and I'll report further information...
Kevin, did you install mozilla-win32-installer.exe or one from of those ZIP files?
I used the installer? Should I acquire a copy of Mozilla with talkback?
No, the installer should be ok. It is only problematic if you use the ZIP version exculsively as the installer writes some necessary stuff to the registry. Do you get the splash screen? Does this problem occur after you used certain applications?
I don't see the splash screen. I haven't been able to figure out if it occurs after starting a specific application. I run so many different programs, that I have no way of keeping track of which I've run before starting Mozilla. I usually use IE, and every once in a while, go to test something in Mozilla, usually I end up having to reboot before I can. It would be great if there's a way to examine what's running/been run so that I could see what the environment looks like when Mozilla works, compared to when it doesn't.
running sound apps, or directx apps, or hung dde apps?
This is, I can't tell. I'm acutally guessing it's DDE related. I found that I was able to regain my access to Mozilla within a windows session by killing all everything attached to "Program Manager" (explorer.exe)... it's not explorer by itself that's blocking Mozilla cause it will run at the beginning of a windows session, but perhaps an extension or service running with explorer is causing the problem....
Anything using DirectX will also hang Mozilla see if any of the stuff loaded into memory uses DirectX
I have had a problem loading Mozilla sometimes (along with Photoshop), and sometimes closing Outlook will cause it to load. Try opening Mozilla, and then going through and individually closing applications and take note of which one causes mozilla to load after its closed.
Reporter were you able to track down what program was hanging mozilla?
Summary: Problem with running Mozilla → Mozilla will not start
I wasn't ever able to figure out exactly what is causing the problem. I've had a theory that it has something to do with ICQ but haven't confirmed that. It is equally likely that it isn't ICQ. I also considered that it might be a DDE process of some kind tied to IE/Windows Explorer, but I have no idea how to test for that. I have tried killing running apps and such with mozilla in memory, and loading mozilla after killing apps, but nothing has ever brought it back from the point where it stops loading, with the exception of restarting the computer and running it before it decides to stop working.
This symptom of "Hanging at runtime" is identical to the DDE Hangs that occur in bug 53952 - this is even more likely given the fact that this does not occur when the machine is first started. Marking Dup of above bug. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 53952 ***
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
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