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Posted on 2004-09-09
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I have a program that creates a balloon tip.  It works 100% in Windows 2000 but in Windows XP the balloon tip does not automatically dismiss itself after the timeout.

I even downloaded the latest cooltrayicon component and tried the demo of it and it too does not dismiss unless it is clicked on.  I have tried both my own program and cooltrayicon test program on other xp machines and both have the same problems.

Anyone know if there is something in XP that may be causing this problem or have any code sample that they know works on XP?
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Question by:mantra246
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Evarest earned 125 total points
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I managed to hide the balloon by using a separate TTimer. This timer will call TCoolTrayIcon.HideBalloonHint; to hide the balloon:

procedure TfrmMain1.tmrHideBalloon1Timer(Sender: TObject);
begin
 tmrHideBalloon1.Enabled :=false;
 trayIcon1.HideBalloonHint;
end;

and of course you need to set TTimer.Enabled := true somewhere:

procedure TfrmMain1.trayIcon1BalloonHintShow(Sender: TObject);
begin
 tmrHideBalloon1.Enabled :=true;
end;

Kind regards,
Evarest
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by:mantra246
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So i take it you had the same problem?
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by:Evarest
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Yep,

it's probably the cooltrayicon that's the problem. I didn't look any further into it, as the problem could be solved this way...

You can also create the timer on the spot (fTimer :=TTimer.Create) if you don't want the extra (very small) resources if not needed :-)

Evarest
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by:mantra246
ID: 12016462
It's not just the cooltrayicon that is the problem - i've tried several code samples i found around the web and all have the same problem.

I've also now just noticed that the NIN_BALLOONTIMEOUT message is never send back in any code - my own, that found around the web or in cooltrayicon - even on win2k.

strange.
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by:Sabre
Sabre earned 125 total points
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Hi Mantra246 and Evarest

Just thought i'd add a point to this question:  

While the tray icon has the focus, the balloon tip will remain.  To solve the problem you will need to have the icon loose the focus.  It's a small quirk of Windows and i have noticed that cooltrayicon and others do not even make mention of this - well, remember where you saw it first :)

It might save having to implement timers, etc.  
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by:Hypoviax
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Have you tried the balloon component in this free component package?

http://homepages.borland.com/jedi/jvcl/

It work well for me in both operating systems

Regards,

Hypoviax
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by:DavidBirch2dotCom
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Balloon won't pop,

A) jump on it!
b) get a sharper pin!
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by:mgazza
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dont use a timer then

var
  count:cardinal;
  timeout:cardinal;
begin
  timeout:=5000;
  count:=gettickcount;

  repeat
    sleep(100)
    application.processmessages;
  until gettickcount>count+timeout;

call the pop
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by:mantra246
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Evarest - I used your idea of a timer and all seems to work as i wanted.

Sabre - Thanks for the tip.  I checked it out and you're right, in XP even a ballon displayed by windows will sit there till you dismiss it.  Odd way to do it but i guess it is Microsoft :)
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