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[Fixed] AbiWord fails to start after splash due to MSVC

The splash window for Abiword appears, but once it goes away the application immediately terminates. Abiword never starts.

I do use OpenOffice, but I have been finding it to be a bit sluggish, slow at starting up, and the fact that while I am working on a document it seems to randomly freeze for a minutes.

This is the reason I am trying to get Abiword to work, to see if it is any better/faster.

The PortableApps Suite is installed on the root of a flash thumb drive.

MojoPac is not installed, and has never been installed.

The drive originally had U3 on it, but it has since then been reformatted.

The drive is a Cruzer U3 Micro, if that has anything to do with anything.

I have tried other 'fixes' on these forums without any success.

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OS, processes?

What OS are you trying to run it on? 2000 or later?

I presume from what you're saying that you've examined the running processes - that abiword.exe doesn't ever appear?

And I also presume that you're using the latest release we have.

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Windows XP, to answer the

Windows XP, to answer the first two questions.

Abiword appears as running in the process list until the splash screen has gone away, then immediately terminates.

The version installed is the latest.

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Anti-Virus

If you haven't already try completely deleting the Abiword folder, downloading the installation file again, and re-installing.

Third party software such as anti-virus solution could be preventing AbiWord from running. Try temporarily disabling any security software you have running to see if that stops the problem.

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Tried this 2 times with no

Tried this 2 times with no success.
I have also tried running it on 2 PCs with absolutely no anti-virus protection, resulting in the same effect.

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Just chiming in to say that I

Just chiming in to say that I too am having this problem. The splash screen shows up, goes away, and then nothing. Any help would be appreciated

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Okay, I tested versions 2.8.6

Okay, I tested versions 2.8.6 through 2.8.1 rev 2. The last version to work correctly is 2.8.2. Starting with 2.8.5 it's just the splash screen and nothing.

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I encounter exactly the same problem on XP...

It seems to be related with XP, because this version 2.8.6 doesn't work on a USB-Stick as well as on a network drive...
Thanks to the autor for a new build that would fix this problem.
Best regards.

Il Cervo

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Works on Win7

I can confirm that 2.8.6 works on Win 7 64Bit. I'll test it on XP SP3 later on, but AFAIK it works just fine.

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Unable to execute latest ver on Win Pe 3.0 USB drive

I have setup a WinPe 3.0 (win 7 x86) Boot media with AbiwordPortable.

Its based on The WinBuilder Win7Rescue project.

The lastest ver of Abiword ONLY opens the Splash screen then NOTHING.

I went to www.sysinternals.com and downloaded their Process Monitor and
captured the loading and unload of Abiwordportable.exe.

I also did a Process Monitor on Win 7 X64 OS , that works (actually loads)
for comparison.

The last ver of abiword that i used was the one avail the First of 2010 and it worked. I downloaded 2.4.5 and unzipp to USB drive , while in Win Pe 3.0 and IT WORKED. I have NOT been able to find OLDER vers of App on www.portableapps.com
to 'see' what ver works and which one dont.

Not sure where to go from here..

Thanks J P Morgan - james_p_morgan@hotmail.com

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AbiWord Portable 2.8.6 dosnt LOAD running under WinPe 3.0

To All,

See my previous message, in this thread.

I was able to run \Bin\ABIWORD.EXE directly and immediately a pop message was displayed" the Application failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect".

As suggested i ran SXSTRACE.EXE and its said the "microsoft.vc90.crt.manifest" did not match.

I then Went to Source Forge and started testing with 2.8.5 and down.

2.8.5 also DID NOT work, same problem!!!

2.8.2 DID WORK!!

SO, i suspected that the MANIFEST and several of the DLLS may have been 'compressed' or were 'wrong'... To developers, please DO NOT compress the DLLS
if that if you are doing so.

Since 2.8.2 worked i copied the following files to 2.8.6 and IT WORKS NOW!!

I copied : ( Note : rename or save the original files in 2.8.6 (below)

microsoft.vc90.crt.manifest
msvcm90.dll
msvcp90.dll
msvcr90.dll

Over the corresponding files in \bin sub-dir.

2.8.6 WORKS NOW under Win Pe 3.0 x86.

This 'trick' may help others that are having the SPLASH SCREEN ONLY PROBLEM!!

Enjoy.

J P Morgan - james_p_morgan@hotmail.com

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Worked Good - Thanks

Same problem here. I downloaded AbiWord v2.8.6 and installed it on a PC running WinXP Home SP3. AbiWord would only show the splash screen. Task Manager would show "AbiWord.exe" active for about 5 seconds then it would close.

I found and downloaded AbiWord v2.8.2 Portable and copied the 4 files that James mentioned above into the AbiWord v2.8.6 \AbiWordPortable\App\AbiWord\Bin directory, overwriting the 4 existing files. After that, v2.8.6 worked like a champ. Thanks James!

Matt

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I have the same problem with v2.8.6 :-(

I have the portableapps packaged AbiWord installed on a flash stick and have never had a problem with it before on any system I have tried.

However, I recently had to do a clean install of XP+SP3 on my laptop and when I tried to run it from the stick I saw the splash screen ... then nothing.

The same stick with the same rev works fine on other systems.

A small flash of inspiration made me try installing AbiWord on the hard disk - and hey presto it also now works from the USB stick.

It looks to me as though the portableapps version is looking in the wrong place for something. I suspect that AbiWord has been installed on most of my systems at some time -- which may explain the behaviour.

I did run "Dependency Walker" over both the USB file and the HD file - but could see no difference.

I really dont want to install AbiWord on every computer I visit - that defeats the objective of PortableApps.

Regards,
Dave

Rgds,
Dave

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Confirmed

This is a confirmed bug on Windows 2000/XP that lack a locally installed MSVC runtime due to an issue with the MS Visual C runtimes included and Windows' handling of side-by-side assemblies (aka DLL hell). I have a fix nearly complete and will do a revision to fix this for affected users.

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Fixed in 2.8.6 Rev 2

This is fixed in 2.8.6 Revision 2.

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Confirmed - fixed :-)

This is now fixed even for running under a BARTPE bootable CD where the C: drive doesnt exist Smile

Excellent Smile
Dave

Rgds,
Dave

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