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RE: st: Stata window shuts unexpectedly


From   "de la Garza, Adrian" <ADelagarza@imf.org>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Stata window shuts unexpectedly
Date   Tue, 2 Mar 2004 23:44:39 -0500

Thank you, Richard. I am using Windows XP as well. I suspect that what you describe is not my problem, though--or if it is, there is not much I can do given that the computer that's giving me trouble is my work computer and the tech guys have already looked at it and they don't see anything wrong. Stata is the only program that is giving me such trouble.

Thank you very much for your input.
Adrian


-----Original Message-----
From:	Richard Williams [mailto:Richard.A.Williams.5@nd.edu]
Sent:	Tue 3/2/2004 10:50 PM
To:	statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Cc:	
Subject:	Re: st: Stata window shuts unexpectedly

At 10:21 PM 3/2/2004 -0500, de la Garza, Adrian wrote:
>I sent an e-mail a couple of months ago and I believe someone said this 
>was a bug and nothing could be done. Several times when I type a command 
>and press enter, Stata closes automatically as if I had pressed the "Close 
>Window" cross on the right top corner of the window. This has been 
>occurring more and more frequently and it has already caused me a lot of 
>headaches! Anyone has a solution? Is there a patch to prevent this from 
>happening? A new version? I am using Stata 8.2.
>
>Thank you!
>Adrian

To me, that sounds like the sort of problem you have as your whole system 
is starting to get corrupted.  Back when I was using Win98, every several 
months I would wipe the HD clean and reinstall everything.  With WinXP, I 
have far fewer problems, but I still suspect it would be a good idea as I 
get some weird lockups or programs aborting sometimes.  Of course, you can 
spend a lot of time doing this, only to find that the problem still persists!

A less extreme solution might be to disable a lot of programs that 
automatically load at boot time.  Some of these can be found in your 
startup folder, but there may be others.  If you can get Stata running 
fine, you can then systematically reload other programs and maybe you'll 
eventually find one that is causing you problems.

You might also start by temporarily disabling your antivirus program.  I've 
had various weird problems that got solved by tweaking a parameter in my 
Norton Antivirus.

You might find you have programs running in the background that you don't 
even know about and definitely don't need.  A few years ago there was a 
faculty member here who could not understand why his computer had slowed 
down to a crawl.  He finally brought the tech people in, and they 
discovered that his son had set the machine up as a Napster Server!  So you 
might be surprised at what you find if you do some digging.

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