PowerPoint SlideShows Freeze Randomly on 2 PCs
Posted on 2004-10-25
We are currently running a 6MB PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) in Slide Show Mode continuously. Every few hours to up to a few days the slide show will freeze. It does not freeze on the same slide nor on the same transition effect. We have had this problem over the past 6 months on an older Windows 98SE machine, then with Windows 2000 installed on the same machine (failed less frequently then) and now a new XP Pro (SP1), 512MB memory with an 8X AGP nvidia graphics card. All appropriate Office 2000 upgrades have been applied to the XP Pro machine but this did not help. Over this past weekend, the slideshow froze up 6 times.
Toward isolating the problem, note that only thing which has not changed is the Office 2000 installation across these various PC Platforms (hardware, operating systems, PowerPoint files themselves have all changed yet exhibit similiar problems). I am running the current presentation on 4 different Windows 2K and XP PCs at the moment to see if I can duplicate the freeze up and how long it will take. Meanwhile...
Someone has surely seen this happen with continuously running slideshows (loading the file then hitting F5 key)?