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Is it possible for Visual Basic to be so busy with tasks as to cause it to miss events?
I ask because this is my situation:
I have two projects. One is nothing but a form, with some functions that raise an event. When I run this program, the event always triggers as it's supposed to.
The other program has the identical code that generates the event but has many other items on the form, such as timers controls, etc.. When I run this project the event doesn't fire as it should unless I repeatedly click the command button that I'm using to test the event. Is there a way to "force" VB to look for events? or maybe stop what it's doing and watch for an event for, say , 2 seconds?..
I realize this question is general. I have source code if anyone is interested but I'm hoping I don't have to do that..
Thanks again!
Jeff
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I believe what you're looking for is the DoEvents function. Place it in your loops and timer events when they're tight. This will allow the system to process other events (like clicks).

BE CAREFUL WITH THIS FUNCTION!!!

Read the help page for it before use it! You can cause yourself alot of headaches with this... Like multiple fireing of events where data can be overwritten in a variable...

Cheers!®©
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I had alot of do events in there and it didn't solve it but I found out my problem.
It had to do with the actual function so I think I got it fixed
 
THanks!

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You're welcome!
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by:cookre
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Your mention of 'timers, etc' set off a small alarm.

Recall that timer events take priority over many others.

One is tempted to suspect that your timer interval interval is too small or what you're doing on each hit is too much - so much so that all you end up doing is handling the never ending sequence of timer events that keep jumping in line ahead of other queued events.

If that's the case, one way to deal with it is to disable the timer while you're handling the event, then restart it just before exiting the event.
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Great idea!!! I will try disabling the timers and see if that helps!

Thanks!
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