PB 7.0 crashes when opening datawindow painter.

Posted on 2002-05-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
I am unable to open the datawindow painter in PB 7.0.    Every time I attempt this, I receive an error that immediately closes Powerbuilder.   I have no problems opening up any other type of objects.    The following is a list of remedies I have tried:  1) Regenerating the objects prior to opening,   2) Rebuilding whole application, 3) Optimizing the object, 4) Exporting/Importing the object, 5) Re-installing PowerBuilder.  

Other developers have had no trouble opening up these same objects, which leads me to believe the objects are fine and that this may be isolated to my desktop.  
Question by:bvogel

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Bhatti earned 50 total points
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To opening datawindow I had also problem in PB 8.0

I checked my registry for the datawindow entry carefully and now working again.

I answered this to some on and copying the text to you. May this will solve your problem only if the PB 7.0 also have the entry for objects in Registry not in the ini file. If it in the ini file do the same in file:


I open registry: HKEY_CURENT_USER--> SOFTWARE--> SYBASE-->
                     POWERBUILDER--> PB 8--> LAYOUT--> DEFAULT

                     and on the right side FIRST I COPIED THE ENTRY FOR DATAWINDOW in EDITOR and then left the entry empty

                     THEN I opened a datawindow. Datawindow opened and new entry was in registry.

                     Now I have no problem for datawindow in PB 8.

                     I copied first the old entry, because if heppened something wrong then I had the old entry to copy again.

                     Copy first and then let the entry for datawindow empty and open a datawindow.

Please let me the result.

Best regards



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ID: 6994545
As mentioned in the comment-
Go to the registry and delete the Datasource entry from

                    POWERBUILDER--> 7.0-->Datawindow

When u open the datawindow, an entry will be created in the registry.

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ID: 6994550
Thanks for the info!  The developer at my site that had the problem just found this answer from the Sybase site (

To fix the problem, you need to run RegEdit and Navigate to the following area:


Within Layout, delete the folder named "Datawindow"
Within "default", clear the data for value "Datawindow"

What causes the error is that PB constantly writes to the registry anytime you leave a painter.   It updates it with specifics about the painter you are in.   However, every so often when PB crashes on you, it writes invalid data to this entry so that when you try and reopen the painter, it crashes.   By clearing out this value, PB will automatically recreate this value in the registry the next time you go in.


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