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Windower 4 fails to launch. Blank white box. #176
Description: Windows 4 (fresh install) fails to load beyond a white, tall, narrow box. Initial "Windower 4" banner appears, then is replaced with the blank box. Common button locations (Close in top-right corner) seem to work.
OS: Windows 8 Enterprise x64
Windower Version: 4
Plug-ins/addons/other: Only what comes with the installer.
Details of how the issue happened: This is after initial install of Windower 4. Windower 3 runs without issue. Tried turning things off (UAC, firewall, etc.) and used various Compatibility Mode options (7, XP SP3/2, etc.) with no difference. Launching with "Run as Administrator", but no difference. Hook.dll appears to be downloading upon launch. System has 2 GFX systems (Intel and Nvidia), tried forcing it to run on either with no change in results.
System is a Dell XPS L702X.
This is the launcher. I don't get far enough to attempt to launch the game. The sequence of events is:
Interestingly enough I can click the upper-right corner where the close "X" would normally be and it will close.The window can also be dragged and minimized.
I left it open for quite some time (10+ minutes) just in case it needed to download something more, but no change.
I have only been able to find a few references to similar issues with other WPF applications on google, and no work arounds or details about the cause of the problem.
The only thing I can think of specifically would be a conflict with your GPU, you might try disabling the WPF hardware renderer, but I'm not sure if that will help at all.
That did it. I disabled hardware rendering for WPF via registry key. I had to add the key HK_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Avalon.Graphics then add a DWORD (32-bit) entry with a value of 1.
I am testing now to see if that is going to cause problems with anything else, but so far that allowed Windower to launch, downloaded addons and plug-ins, and launch the XI client. I'll report in with further testing results.
i figured out a quick fix that works for me
right click windower icon > properties > compatibility tab > check disable desktop composition
this just causes your desktop to switch to windows basic so if thats not a problem for you when windower is running then go for it.
and im running windows 7 so not sure if this fixes those running windows 8 or not
I'm on windows 8 x64, and after reading the above comment about a windows 7 setting for compatability>desktop composition, i decided to see if changing my theme in windows 8 to a more simple one that dont have all the nice changing images that look great. well i can now see the windower menu and its not just a white box!
additional info: i use a asus g46vw laptop and chose the basic installed asus theme.
i hope this helps anyone wandering this way.
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I had this problem again now and doing DisableHWAcceleration (Registry) certainly works.
Windower will also probably never need any hardware acceleration, so why not disable it for windower at all?
You can do this on your
` var hwndSource = PresentationSource.FromVisual(this) as HwndSource;
Because you use Github but don't actually open source I can't show you where to put it. Heh.
Yes, I'm aware of the
The entire problem ultimately results from a trick used to enable the DWM drop shadow for a window with
Ultimately I decided to use a completely different method in Windower 5. The new method has the benefit of also restoring the minimize/restore animations and sidesteps the entire problem with the alpha channel, but I don't really want to back port the code to Windower 4.
If you really want to get this fixed in Windower 4, you might be able to talk @z16 into changing the