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Re: Octave 5.1 and 5.2 crashing on Windows 10

From: John Frain
Subject: Re: Octave 5.1 and 5.2 crashing on Windows 10
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2020 21:51:59 +0000

On Fri, 28 Feb 2020 at 03:28, Kai Torben Ohlhus <address@hidden> wrote:
On 2/28/20 7:19 AM, John Frain wrote:
> Has any other user detected the following problem or perhaps know of a
> solution?   
> I am running Windows 10 1909 64-bit.
> I have been using Octave in Windows (and Linux) for many years with
> great success.  When I tried to start octave 5.1 using the a white
> screen appeared with the octave icon and the word octave on the top
> left-hand corner of the screen and it crashed immediately. the cli
> version continued to work.  
> I decided to update to 5.2 and downloaded
> octave-5.2.0_1-w64-installer.exe and installed. When the install was
> finished the readme was displayed but the gui version of octave did not
> start or had crashed before I closed the readme file. The cli version of
> octave worked as expected
> I have since installed today's windows update - previous updates had
> been installed.  I have uninstalled both versions of octave and
> reinstalled 5.2.  (5.2 several times).
> There are a lot of applications on this PC e.g. R, Rstudio, Maxima,
> Libre Office, Gretl, Texstudio, Tex-Live, Anaconda,  etc. etc.  All of
> these work perfectly.  Any of the versions of the octave program when
> run in a console window with or without gui or force-gui options default
> to the cli version.  Emacs octave mode works fine.
> The windows event viewer gives the following error message.  It is
> strange that octave alone picks out the problem with the dntdll.dll file.
> Faulting application name: octave-gui.exe, version:, time stamp:
> 0x00000000
> Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 10.0.18362.657, time stamp:
> 0x64d10ee0
> Exception code: 0xc0000374
> Fault offset: 0x00000000000f92a9
> Faulting process id: 0x22ac
> Faulting application start time: 0x01d5ed84236f5f57
> Faulting application path: C:\Octave\OCTAVE~2.0\mingw64\bin\octave-gui.exe
> Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
> Report Id: 4f945789-a789-4d34-8dc9-45ec135e357e
> Faulting package full name:
> Faulting package-relative application ID: 
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Did you use Octave 5.1 GUI until that day when you saw a white screen
only?  Or did you use an older version of Octave before?

I think that Octave 5.1 was running on the PC some weeks ago.  
I have again uninstalled Octave, deleted the folder and reinstalled Octave. but this does not solve the problem. 
If I delete the folder and start the desktop octave icon I get 
   1. the welcome to octave screen,
   2. The Community News screen
   3 The Enjoy screen,
Next, a plain white screen in the upper left-hand corner of the screen which vanishes very quickly and octave does not now start.

I have in the last few minutes tried to start Octave gui from the desktop icon about 20 times.  On two occasions the gui appeared and almost immediately crashed.  On the remaining occasions, just the blank screen appeared with a suggestion of a flicker on a few occasions.  Is it possible that the gui is starting and closing before it can be read on the screen?

I have run dism and SFC/scannow to check system files and no corrupt system files were found.

I have installed Scite 4.3.0 (scintilla based editor) and it runs ok.

 I suspect that either the Windows 10 update to 1909 or some other update that I have installed may have caused some kind of conflict. It would be interesting to hear if other users of windows 10 1909 with current updates have or have not encountered problems.
An often occurring problem are stale config files, when having installed
older versions of Octave on the same MS Windows system before.

Did you try to remove the folder


before starting Octave?


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