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DVR Program Taking Over Everything

I have a DVR server with EyeMax DVR software. When I open the software it completely takes over the computer. I can't minimize the software, none of the keyboard shortcuts work. Is there a tweak I can do in the registry or somewhere that will allow me to minimize the DVR software?
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B HCommented:
alt-f4 should close the program if it's selected on the screen

alternatively you can hit control-shift-escape and find its process, and end process on it.

does it lock up like this all the time, or only after a set period of time running?

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datzent83Author Commented:
The computer does not freeze or anything. I don't need it to be closed. I need it to be minimized. And none of the keyboard shortcuts work.
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B HCommented:
oh - to minimize a standard window you can do this:

alt space N

like this:  press ALT, let it go.  press SPACE, let it go, press N, let it go and the window minimizes

you may also be able to right-click it on the taskbar at the bottom, minimize

you could also click the "show desktop" shortcut that is on the quicklaunch bar by default

you could also right-click an empty area of the taskbar at the bottom, and click 'show desktop'

any of those should effectively minimize it
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datzent83Author Commented:
The problem is when the software is opened it hides the taskbar and completely takes over the screen and all the other functions. I will try the alt space N method, but I am afraid it wont work.
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B HCommented:
you might be interested in changing your screen resolution a notch or two to the right... your dvr program may be hard-coded to be bigger than your screen is letting it.

when it's up, if you press the start button on the keyboard, does it show the taskbar?
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datzent83Author Commented:
No matter what resolution I set it to it always switches to 1024 x 768. The window key does nothing, unfortunately.
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B HCommented:
in that state, can you alt-tab to anything else, which might bring back the taskbar?
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datzent83Author Commented:
Alt + Tab does not work either.
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B HCommented:
are there any settings in the software to the effect of 'always ontop' that you can take away?

i assume alt space n didnt work, too

you posted in windows xp, and you're really running windows xp and not vista/7 right?

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datzent83Author Commented:
Yes... I am running Windows XP. There are no settings in the software that allow me to change always on top.
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atomsheepCommented:
Seems like it takes over the system keys. WindowsKey+D normally overrides most applications and shows the desktop - I assume you have tried this too?
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datzent83Author Commented:
I dont remember if I tried that, but I will give it a shot.
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GateArrayCommented:
but the program runs as a full screen mode? ... or simply catch all the system for itself?

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datzent83Author Commented:
The program does runs in full screen mode.
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B HCommented:
ok, so can you go to the icon which runs the program, right-click it, and on the shortcut tab, set it to run in windowed mode, or even minimized if you want?

if that works, just ensure whatever is launching it, has those settings on the shortcut
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datzent83Author Commented:
The only options I have is Normal Window, Minimized, Maximized.
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B HCommented:
does minimized make it actually run minimized?
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B HCommented:
it may be a 'security feature' of the software itself - sort of, lets let this run in a kind of kiosk mode so employees who might pass by the machine can't mess with it...

it may be that you just can't run it in any other way besides it taking over everything... just the design of the program...

there may be alternative programs that will talk to your cameras you can use instead, that don't offer this 'feature'
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datzent83Author Commented:
What other software can work with an EyeMax DVR card?
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GateArrayCommented:
you can force the windowed mode using -w switch in line command.

Just make a shortcut end edit it with -w at the end...... like:

"c:\program files\myapp\mycom.exe" -w

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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
The EyeMax system is a dedicated-purpose package that is DESIGNED to "take over" your computer for the single purpose of serving as a DVR.    This allows it to fully control the system resources -- thus enabling the high-performance multiple channel recording and glitch-free display features of the DVR software.

If you want a system with similar features, but allows other simultaneous uses of the PC, look at the GeoVision cards and their associated software.

A high-performance, multi-channel DVR system, however, is best run as a standalone application -- like the EyeMax system is in your current setup.
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