IntelliJ Idea 11.1 - Tendency to freeze computer on launching

I seem to be experiencing a tendency of IntelliJ Idea 11.1 to freeze computer on launching it. Basically occasionally after you double-click idea
the mouse freezes, and also shortcut keys to Windows don't work, Idea never launches.

The only way to get out of it is by hard-resetting the computer.

I use Windows XP Pro, with a Personal License to IntelliJ Idea.

Any ideas what is happening here, and why?

Thank you.

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Hello.

Shortly speaking, no certain idea.

What is "IDEA launching"? Is it the stage when the main frame has been shown, and the project is being opened? What process is shown in the progress bar?

Is there anything special with your environment? E.g. are IDEA config/system directories (see http://devnet.jetbrains.net/docs/DOC-181) on the same PC, or on some server, or mapped path?

Next thing to check is idea.log: are there suspicious records, like exception traces?

Also check system/log directory for thread dumps.

If you find some useful information then please create an issue in the bug tracker (http://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issues/IDEA) and attach related files.

Thanks,
Alexander.

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One more thing: if you use third-party plugin, try to disable/uninstall it.

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Hi,

Thank you for your response. Sorry I did not get to respond to you earlier. I looked in the places you mentioned and did not find any relevant information.

It is the DEFAULT installation on the C: drive,  with default settings, no plugins installed.

Basically what is happening, that if either I 'double-click' the Idea icon or if I 'right-click' the icon and select 'Open' the program instead of opening Idea the
computer freezes. (It does not respond to user input on the mouse or keyboard any more, on any program or the OS, it has to be powered down and re-started to continue)

I have observed this issue on multiple computers running Windows XP professional. Once Idea starts, it will work normally.
Usually in one or two reboots I can start idea and the computer remains functional.

Still, it is quite an annoyance.

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I didn't meet such problems before (I work on WinXP too), so cannot provide the cure right now.

A quick idea is to check, what process exactly freezes the OS. E.g. to open task manager, try to start IDEA and check what the task manager shows.

Usually freezing diferent processes is a fault of antivirus software, e.g. my NOD32 likes to freeze the browser on downloading files. But just the browser, not the OS entirely.

When IDEA just starts it validates the license. But since your license is personal, I do not expect that the freeze relates to network blocks (of firewall, antivirus, or anything).

Thanks,
Alexander.

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That's interesting. Would the firewall or network connectivity affect it?

I do have a firewall on this laptop I am running Idea on, that normally blocks all outgoing communication unless I set it up to be authorized specifically.
I deeply mistrust both Windows and the outside world, you know. (I was born / grew up in Hungary during communist times , now I live in Arizona.  :)  )

Does it have to connect to the IntelliJ server upon startup to work normally?

Eventually I may fully migrate to Ubuntu with IntelliJ Idea. I still need to work on projects that require Windows though.

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The task manager is no longer working when Idea starting-up crashes, there is no blue screen, just the screen GUI freezes and the computer no longer responds to keystrokes
either. Time for the 'five-second solute' with the power button.

Where would an event like this be recorded in Windows?

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> Does it have to connect to the IntelliJ server upon startup to work normally?

Just tried to start with personal license and without network connection: nothing critical occurs, IDEA starts successfully.

Alexander.

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> Where would an event like this be recorded in Windows?

Maybe event log, however, if the deadlock is unpredictable, it may contain nothing.

I've asked around about the case and got no answer: we did not meet such issue before, sorry.

Alexander.

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Thanks for asking around. I think this is related to my issues in the following posting:

http://devnet.jetbrains.net/message/5458076#5458076

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I installed IntelliJ Idea into another computer with XP Pro that is NOT connected to the network or the Internet, and it appears to be running completely fine.

It has never freezed the computer.

Coincidence or a reason?

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It has been quite a while since my post, and I did not get any more answers to this, nor did the problem go away on the networked laptop that I originally intended
to use IntelliJ Idea on.

I installed Idea 6 on the same laptop I had the problem with Idea 11.1 now just to test it, which goes back to to 2007, and it behaves pretty much the same way, except that once it crashes it will not recover. It will just keep coming up with the dialog box attached here.after the forced reboot after Idea crashed for the first time. Then it never starts.

Any ideas what these messages mean? I am sure whatever is crashing Idea 6 is what is crashing Idea 11.

It is very frustrating that I spent money on this program and it is acting sort of flaky like this. No other program shows this behavior on this laptop or any other computer
that shows this weird behavior with IntelliJ Idea.

You were saying that this problem is unheard-of, but actually I red a post from somebody on an Ubuntu forum that Idea 11  showed the same issues I am finding. on Ubuntu 10.04:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1543714

I tried starting Idea 11.1 with the nosplash option with Windows XP, and when it started it did not show the splash screen as intended, but it did not
prevent it from freezing.

Any ideas about my error messages and what I can do about this?

Thanks.



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Ubuntu issue is probably different, as nosplash hint does not help you.

Since you refer to JFormDesigner plugin in related thread, let me repeat: please check this issue *without* 3rd party plugins installed. Just for a case, sorry.

The trace from IDEA 6 can hardly point to the place of error, since this code was totally rewritten in 2007. However, it gives a hint.

How do you start IDEA: with .exe or .bat launcher? Can you start it with .bat and check the console messages: maybe some initialization error will be reported?

Thanks,
Alexander.

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Thank you for your response.

No, there are no 3rd party plugins installed right now. (It did not seem to make a difference, though.)

I am starting Idea with the .exe launcher. How would I start it with the .bat launcher?

Can you refer me to documentation or write it down how I would do that?

Thank you.

Attila

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OK. I got it, it is in the same folder like the EXE.

See attached screenshot of starting Idea 6.0 with .bat and .exe.

It no longer runs, after the crash.

I am going to uninstall and install the Idea 11 version and try it with the .bat start.

Attila



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Hi Alexander,

I am really getting to the 'end of my rope' here with Idea and Windows XP together. I tried to start it 6 times, and it only started once. Worse than ever!
With batch or exe.

I find it impossible to work with this.

I am considering to going back all the way to JCreator on XP. Much less features, but at least it has a smaller memory footprint and it is
simple and reliable. I might try IntelliJ Idea on Ubuntu. It may be better on that. Then I will just need to get JFormdesigner in a standalone.
I hate the idea of going backwards, but I cannot take more chances with a Java IDE. I need to start coding, not playing around with IDEs.

I really find it hard to beleive that I the only one with the problem. I experienced this on more than one computer.

See attached PDF about my latest experiences.

Regards,

Attila



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