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I'm Running Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003.  
When I want to test a project that I'm working on, I hit F5 to start the project.  When I hit F5, Visual Studio freezes and the project never comes up.  I have to end Visual Studio and end whatever process I'm just tried to start via the Task Manager.  I believe it is the debugger because I can hit Ctrl+F5 (start without debugging) and everything works just fine.  I have opened some older projects that I know work just fine, and they freeze also when I hit F5. Any ideas what could be causing this problem?

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-Paul
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by:jazzIIIlove
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I suggest booting Wimdows into "Safe Mode" and seeing if you can reproduce the problem.
Hi there;

and it's worth to try to remove got rid of the language bar and kicked ctfmon.exe because it could be the main reason for this...

To remove ctfmon.exe, follow the instructions here:

http://www.ghacks.net/2007/10/22/how-to-remove-ctfmonexe/

Best regards...
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by:jgmontgo
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What version of Visual Studio .NET 2003 do you have? I did some checking and found some other similar cases with Enterprise Architect. Although I also found many other similar cases where the version was never stated.
My gut feeling, especially if it was working on other projects before, is that something changed on your system between the last time it worked and now. Most commonly I see this kind of behavior when new software is installed that  may have introduced newer DLL's that are not compatible with the software you are having problems with.
Two things you may  want to consider would be to reinstall Visual Studio .NET 2003 and all of the updates. Second you may try removing newly installed software to see if it makes a difference.
I can say that this problem seems to be somewhat common, as I was able to find a lot of reports of the same behavior in 2003. None of these pointed to a good workable resolution.
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very nice reply jgmontgo...

best regards...
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jazzIIIlove mentions getting rid of ctfmon.exe I have seen some cases where this has resolved the problem. The following Microsoft page explains what this program does, and how to remove it:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/282599
 
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I appreciate the replies.  I do have Enterprise Architect.  I will try getting rid of ctfmon.exe.

Thanks,
-Paul
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I got rid of ctfmon.exe and that has not resolved the problem.

-Paul.
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Is the Office Language Bar still active?
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Where do I check to see if the language bar is still active?
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Follow this to disable the Language Bar:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827323
 
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I followed those instructions, and it still freezes.
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Then something else is going on. So lets see what we can find.
Have you tried this same project on a different computer? There is a possibility it is the program you are debugging, then I do not know specifically what you are working on and I could easily be wrong on this.
Are other projects doing the same thing, or is this the only one?
Have you checked to make absoultely sure you do not have a problem with a Virus or Trojan? It might be worth running HijackThis just to make sure.
What Anti-Virus are you running? Have you tried disabling it to see if it makes a difference? For that matter it might be a really good idea to see if there are any other resident applications that are (a) running and (b) as invasive as an Anti-virus might be..
Jon
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yes..a hijackthis log...I am still registered...
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The same problem occurs on all projects.  I do not have VB on any other computers, so...
I'm running Symantec Anti Virus Corporate Edition.
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Ok, have we tried disabling the Anti Virus (Symantec) to see if that makes a difference. Also just to confirm you are using Windows XP? Also how much RAM do you have installed?
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I tried disabling the AV and that didn't work.  I'm running XP Pro and I have 1GB of ram.
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Well you have enough RAM, although more would be good. Are you running any other applications that actively take up a lot of memory?
Probably not the AV then, unless there is some sort of a conflict.
I really feel the issue is likely a conflict with some DLL, probably one that is older, newer, or possibly even named the same as another DLL that is in use. While this is not often discussed as the cause of software failure, it is actually a somewhat common cause of some of these mysterious issues. Narrowing it down can be very difficult.
One course of action might be to simplify that machine as much as possible. Uninstall any application that is really not in use. I would really focus on any application that may be non-standard or unusual. This includes making absolute sure we do not have a malware problem (malware is of course software).
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Maybe a reformat of the machine can solve...But have some system restores so if the problem reproduces itself, we can go back...
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Thanks for the help guys.
I figured out that the problem was totally unrelated to VB and was caused by a program that was stuck in "install". Once I cleared up the stuck program, VB, and a few other programs I was having problems with, worked just fine.
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