ASP Base.Render GridView Group Row/Headers Postback Not Working?

I'm using a 'Render' method to format a gridivew. It works very well on first page load. Problem arises on page postback. The gridview looses its special formatting that the Render method provides. Help!

1. I would like to either call the Render method on postback
2. or build a Grouped Gridview some other way so postback is not a problem.

This 'Render' code below provides grouped rows under headers like this:

[Gridview Rows/Headers Example]
  - Office Furniture -
           Chairs
           Desks
         Cabinets
  - Sporting Goods -
         Baseball
        Basketball
         Football
          Rugby


[Current Render Code]
         protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter writer)
        {
            if (GridView1.Rows.Count != 0)
            {
                Table gridTable = (Table)GridView1.Controls[0];
                String lastValue = String.Empty;
                String currentValue = String.Empty;

                foreach (GridViewRow myRow in GridView1.Rows)
                {
                    currentValue = myRow.Cells[1].Text;

                    if (currentValue != lastValue)
                    {
                        int rowIndex = gridTable.Rows.GetRowIndex(myRow);

                        GridViewRow headerRow = new GridViewRow(rowIndex, rowIndex, DataControlRowType.DataRow, DataControlRowState.Normal);
                        TableCell headerCell = new TableCell();
                        headerCell.ColumnSpan = GridView1.Columns.Count;
                        headerCell.Text = currentValue;
                        headerCell.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(242, 216, 181);
                        //headerCell.CssClass = "SortHeaderRowStyle";
                        headerCell.Font.Bold = true;
                        headerCell.BorderStyle = BorderStyle.Solid;
                        headerCell.HorizontalAlign = HorizontalAlign.Left;
                        headerRow.Cells.Add(headerCell);
                        gridTable.Controls.AddAt(rowIndex, headerRow);
                    }

                    lastValue = currentValue;
                }
            }

            base.Render(writer);
        }
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Bob LearnedCommented:
You have to always keep the page life cycle in the back of your mind.  It is always about doing something at just the right time.

Sorry, that was an example showing Page_Init, not creating header rows.
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Bob LearnedCommented:
I am not sure what you are trying to achieve, but on the surface it looks like you can take a different approach, and get to the same place.

Can you explain why you are using the Render method, and not the GridView's RowCreated/RowDataBound events?
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pointemanAuthor Commented:
I found the code example and it looked like a quick fix, however I'm finding it has limitations. Please provide code examples to help me with this problem. It seems the postback is a real problem with most examples I've found so far. As well, Row Editing is also a problem with row gouping gridview design. Help!
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Bob LearnedCommented:
What do you mean by "row grouping"?
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pointemanAuthor Commented:
[Gridview Rows/Headers Example]
  - Office Furniture -
           Chairs
           Desks
         Cabinets
  - Sporting Goods -
         Baseball
        Basketball
         Football
          Rugby
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Bob LearnedCommented:
With a little more thought, I don't think that you should do that work of creating rows in the Render.  It needs to be in the control initialization phase, so that the creation is only done once.  That may be problematic, with the view state processing.

Are you trying to do something more than the ListView can do with groups?
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pointemanAuthor Commented:
I'm using a GridView.
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Bob LearnedCommented:
Then, re-evaluate where to create the rows, since the Render is not the correct place.

This example shows creating rows in the Page_Init:

How to Add a Locked Header Row to an ASP.NET GridView Control
http://blogs.iis.net/webtopics/archive/2009/06/23/how-to-add-a-locked-header-row-to-an-asp-net-gridview-control.aspx
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pointemanAuthor Commented:
Need multiple header columns with rows beneath each. I think you're correct about creating the gridview one time. Postback is always the issue with other examples.
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pointemanAuthor Commented:
thanks for your help
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