EAccessViolation error on start-up

Posted on 2004-11-25
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
I'm running Win-XP Pro SP2 and encountering an EAccessViolation error on start up of a downloaded utility Hdi.exe which shows a blinking icon in the tray when there is HD seeks.

The utility works great and without problems if I invoke it manually after the startup processes finish. However, I tried to automate the utility start-up by placing it in the Start/Programs/Startup folder. Since then, I'm getting this problem about 80%-85% of the time that I power on the PC. Thinking that there might be a problem with this procedure, I deleted it and placed it in the Registry under: Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Same problem and same frequency (80%-85% of the start-up incidences).

When it happens, I cancel the program, invoke it manually and it works like a charm.

It's my belief that the problem is timing related since at startup I have other utilities (ZoneAlarm, Norton AV, etc.) that are competing for system resources. I sent a message to the developer more than 6 weeks ago but no answer.

Question: Is there a way to do a delayed start of a program on start-up? That is, is there away to call a countdown timer program that would in turn call the utility that I have? If so, I'm almost sure that the problem would be solved via this procedure.  
Question by:jlm003
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    Assisted Solution

    try a batch file, with the -w switch
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    Expert Comment

    i looked on the site you mentioned, while this isnt my post the link you provided leads to a foray of pages on batch files, and no matter which one you click on the url stays the same at the top. Either way I was curious about the -w switch what does it do?
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    Accepted Solution

    I believe what stevenlewis is talking about is using the Start command with the "wait" option.  The following is the syntax of the Start command, as copied from a CMD window where I typed in the command Start /?:

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\LeeTutor>start /?
    Starts a separate window to run a specified program or command.

    START ["title"] [/Dpath] [/I] [/MIN] [/MAX] [/SEPARATE | /SHARED]
          [/WAIT] [/B] [command/program]

        "title"     Title to display in  window title bar.
        path        Starting directory
        B           Start application without creating a new window. The
                    application has ^C handling ignored. Unless the application
                    enables ^C processing, ^Break is the only way to interrupt
                    the application
        I           The new environment will be the original environment passed
                    to the cmd.exe and not the current environment.
        MIN         Start window minimized
        MAX         Start window maximized
        SEPARATE    Start 16-bit Windows program in separate memory space
        SHARED      Start 16-bit Windows program in shared memory space
        LOW         Start application in the IDLE priority class
        NORMAL      Start application in the NORMAL priority class
        HIGH        Start application in the HIGH priority class
        REALTIME    Start application in the REALTIME priority class
        ABOVENORMAL Start application in the ABOVENORMAL priority class
        BELOWNORMAL Start application in the BELOWNORMAL priority class
        WAIT        Start application and wait for it to terminate
                    If it is an internal cmd command or a batch file then
                    the command processor is run with the /K switch to cmd.exe.
                    This means that the window will remain after the command
                    has been run.

                    If it is not an internal cmd command or batch file then
                    it is a program and will run as either a windowed application
                    or a console application.

        parameters  These are the parameters passed to the command/program

    If Command Extensions are enabled, external command invocation
    through the command line or the START command changes as follows:

    non-executable files may be invoked through their file association just
        by typing the name of the file as a command.  (e.g.  WORD.DOC would
        launch the application associated with the .DOC file extension).
        See the ASSOC and FTYPE commands for how to create these
        associations from within a command script.

    When executing an application that is a 32-bit GUI application, CMD.EXE
        does not wait for the application to terminate before returning to
        the command prompt.  This new behavior does NOT occur if executing
        within a command script.

    When executing a command line whose first token is the string "CMD "
        without an extension or path qualifier, then "CMD" is replaced with
        the value of the COMSPEC variable.  This prevents picking up CMD.EXE
        from the current directory.

    When executing a command line whose first token does NOT contain an
        extension, then CMD.EXE uses the value of the PATHEXT
        environment variable to determine which extensions to look for
        and in what order.  The default value for the PATHEXT variable


        Notice the syntax is the same as the PATH variable, with
        semicolons separating the different elements.

    When searching for an executable, if there is no match on any extension,
    then looks to see if the name matches a directory name.  If it does, the
    START command launches the Explorer on that path.  If done from the
    command line, it is the equivalent to doing a CD /D to that path.


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