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Gimp will not Start

Oct 24, 2012, 16:01
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Gimp will not Start
I have been trying to install Gimp on my computer but have am having issues and was hoping i could get some help. I have looked around but can seem to find a solution. I can install the program with out issue, but when I try to run the program the start up window pops up then disappears and nothing happens.

I am on a on a Window XP pro (SP3) PC. Dell Precision M6300.
I have tried uninstalling 2.8 and then installing 2.6, but have the same issue.

In my searching for a solution I learned about the gimp console. when i start up i get the following show up in the console: "<gimp-console-2.8.exe:656>: LibGimpBase-WARNING **: gimp-console-2.8.exe:gimp_wire_read<>: error"

this is confusing to me because from what I can tell that error has to do with plugins but I don't have any (or at least that I know of).

if any one can help that would be much appreciated.
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Oct 24, 2012, 17:30
Post: #2
RE: Gimp will not Start
I think it might be some HP software that is causing my issues. (although the printer is no longer in around)

in my software list I have "Hp PSC 1600 series" when I try to uninstall i get a RUNDLL error
"error loading hpzcon10.dll"

I am trying to find something to repair it or remove from HP.

also, there is not any other message before the wire error.
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Oct 24, 2012, 18:08
Post: #3
RE: Gimp will not Start
I was able to get HP software removed.

but still no luck. get the same error still. I also tried uninstalling and reinstalling GIMP.
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Oct 24, 2012, 18:54 (This post was last modified: Oct 24, 2012 19:28 by Podoowski.)
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RE: Gimp will not Start
I am confused by the "--verbose" option? i can open program to change any options and don't see it as program to run,
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Oct 25, 2012, 15:51
Post: #5
RE: Gimp will not Start
Thanks Kevin,

that made perfect sense. Unfortunately it didnt seem to help.

the Gimp start up window appears same as before and then disappears again. the on difference is second command prompt window pops up for a very brief time (maybe a sec or two), the disappears as well. then nothing happens.

I manged to get a screen shot of the windows open in the hope that it would help.


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Oct 25, 2012, 16:38
Post: #6
RE: Gimp will not Start
here is the content from the log file

INIT: gimp_load_config
Parsing 'C:\Documents and Settings\mthompson\.gimp-2.8\unitrc'
Parsing 'C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\etc\gimp\2.0\gimprc'
Parsing 'C:\Documents and Settings\mthompson\.gimp-2.8\gimprc'
Adding theme 'Default' (C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes\Default)
Adding theme 'Small' (C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes\Small)
Writing 'C:\Documents and Settings\mthompson\.gimp-2.8\themerc'
INIT: gimp_initialize
INIT: gimp_real_initialize
INIT: gui_initialize_after_callback
INIT: gimp_restore
Parsing 'C:\Documents and Settings\mthompson\.gimp-2.8\parasiterc'
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Oct 25, 2012, 19:07
Post: #7
RE: Gimp will not Start
still no luck,

here is the new log

INIT: gimp_load_config
Parsing 'C:\Documents and Settings\mthompson\.gimp-2.8\unitrc'
Parsing 'C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\etc\gimp\2.0\gimprc'
Parsing 'C:\Documents and Settings\mthompson\.gimp-2.8\gimprc'
Adding theme 'Default' (C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes\Default)
Adding theme 'Small' (C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\themes\Small)
Writing 'C:\Documents and Settings\mthompson\.gimp-2.8\themerc'
INIT: gimp_initialize
INIT: gimp_real_initialize
INIT: gui_initialize_after_callback
INIT: gimp_restore
Parsing 'C:\Documents and Settings\mthompson\.gimp-2.8\parasiterc'


I am downloading portable version and try. I will let you know if that works.
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Oct 25, 2012, 19:21
Post: #8
RE: Gimp will not Start
GRRRRR!

so downloaded and ran the portable version and still no luck.

the only thing in the log this time was

GNU Image Manipulation Program version 2.8.1
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Oct 26, 2012, 16:26
Post: #9
RE: Gimp will not Start
no luck with that either Sad

any other thoughts?
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Jan 20, 2013, 02:21
Post: #10
RE: Gimp will not Start
Okay so I googled gimp wouldn't start after installing brushes and came to this thread. I read it all the way through and without doing any of the things list went to my brushes folder and deleted every single one of them ( I had downloaded a total of 1,037 today after downloading gimp itself) It immediately started as it normally did without any of the downloaded brushes. Here is my thought on it - That since GIMP does have a load screen, which sorts through data, etc. That maybe there is a max amount of data from downloaded brushes/plug ins/etc that the program has, which would simply mean that a) not to download brushes like I did (1,036) within hours then trying to start it, or b) download a couple brushes, start gimp so it recognizes the new brushes and won't have to sort them when loading, then exit it out, download a few more and do the same process again and again - I myself and getting ready to try this theory in hopes that it will work - The last time I had Gimp, it did not stop loading until I installed 300-500 brushes in the same day, but continuely worked when I would download 6--15 brushes and let it read and load them, then waiting a while before downloading about 10 more brushes. So I guess it actually depends on if your overloading gimp or not, but as I said mine is working perfectly now, and I am going to try downloading 5 brushes, playing with it for a while, closing it out then try to download 5-10 more. Wish me luck! and hopefully you got your Gimp working as well, if you still have the issue maybe my advice will help you.Angel
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Feb 7, 2013, 00:09
Post: #11
RE: Gimp will not Start
I gave up in October on this.

today I got Gimp working with help from my boss' son!! Woot!!!

the best thing is the fix is super simple.

go to properties of the exe and disable visual themes and turn off advanced text under compatibility tab (see attached pic).


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Jun 17, 2014, 18:24
Post: #12
RE: Gimp will not Start
(Oct 26, 2012 10:00)paynekj Wrote:  I'm sorry but I'm out of ideas how to track this down.

Kevin

kevin i had the same problom all i did was click on the gimp icon go to propities then go to compatibality n select run with windows xp service pack 2
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Jun 17, 2014, 19:22
Post: #13
RE: Gimp will not Start
@marno

That is a good tip and I missed that when it was posted. I am sure it will be passed on again in future.

It would help if you gave your version of Windows and version of Gimp.

Truthfully, going into compatibility mode for Gimp 2.8 should not be necessary, but if it works..why not.

** https://www.gimp-forum.net/ now answering questions**
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Jan 16, 2018, 20:34
Post: #14
RE: Gimp will not Start
(Feb 7, 2013 00:09)Podoowski Wrote:  I gave up in October on this.

today I got Gimp working with help from my boss' son!! Woot!!!

the best thing is the fix is super simple.

go to properties of the exe and disable visual themes and turn off advanced text under compatibility tab (see attached pic).

Thank you Podoowsk for this idea.
I had a similar start up problem on Windows-10. I changed the shortcut's compatibility mode to Windows-8 and now it works.
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