7 Replies Latest reply on Jul 16, 2008 3:20 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Arghh - Director 11 was fine but now not loading !!!

    Level 7
      Hi!

      Just yesterday evening it worked fine but today... when I try to start
      Director 11 (Windows XP Pro SP3) - I only see an hourglass for a while
      and then it's gone. Director.exe process is active in the task manager
      process window but no application window shows at all.

      I tried to reinstall, uninstalled completely - reboot and reinstalled
      but no way... still the same problem. Any ideas what's wrong???

      Thanks ahead !
      Ziggi
        • 1. Re: Arghh - Director 11 was fine but now not loading !!!
          Level 7
          You certainly shouldn't have to do this, but as a test, perhaps try to
          install it under a different user account. Just make a new test user
          account in Windows for this purpose (you can delete it later if you want
          to), and give it a shot there. If it still does not work, then there is
          something with the computer or OS in general that is causing the
          problem. If it works under a different user account, then there is some
          preference or something saved in My Documents or one of your user
          folders (or potentially the HKEY_CURRENT_USER bit of the registry).
          • 2. Found stupid workaround - but no remedy !!!
            Level 7
            Hi All,

            I found a very stupid workaround...

            It is necessary to temporary rename file 'Iml32.dll' in Director 11
            installation folder. Then, when I try to start the application I receive
            the error message saying 'Iml32.dll' is missing. Click OK, error message
            window is gone. Now bring renamed 'Iml32.dll' to its original name and
            start Director again - magic - it's working now!!!

            Now close Director and try to run it again... Guess what? - It's not
            working again!

            Do the 'Iml32.dll' trick again - it's working again!!!

            Any ideas why is the stupid flip-flop coming from?

            Regards,
            Ziggi
            • 3. One more detail...
              Level 7
              Oups - forgot some small detail in my workaround description. Here you
              are the right procedure:

              1) Kill all 'Director.exe' instances in Task Manager->Process window !!!

              2) Rename file 'Iml32.dll' in Director 11 installation folder into
              'Iml32_.dll.

              3) Start Director. Error message window will pop-up telling 'Iml32.dll'
              is missing. Click OK, error message window is gone.

              4) Renamed 'Iml32_.dll' back to its original name and start Director
              again - magic - it's working now!!!
              • 4. Re: One more detail...
                Level 7
                Crazy. Maybe you can make a batch file that renames the file, then
                launches director.exe then renames it again. It is a silly workaround,
                but it will make your life a little easier. Use the link to this batch
                file instead of your usual icon to open Director.
                • 5. Re: One more detail...
                  Level 7
                  In a text file, paste this:


                  rename Iml32.dll _Iml32.dll
                  director
                  rename _Iml32.dll Iml32.dll

                  Save it as "director.bat". Double click it to open Director.

                  **Note I found that my Director 11 will not open at all without
                  Iml32.dll, so this method does not work for me. I get the error message
                  about it missing, but then it never shows up.
                  • 6. Re: One more detail...
                    Level 7
                    Mike Blaustein wrote:
                    > In a text file, paste this:
                    >
                    >
                    > rename Iml32.dll _Iml32.dll
                    > director
                    > rename _Iml32.dll Iml32.dll
                    >
                    > Save it as "director.bat". Double click it to open Director.
                    >
                    > **Note I found that my Director 11 will not open at all without
                    > Iml32.dll, so this method does not work for me. I get the error message
                    > about it missing, but then it never shows up.


                    Mike, thank you for a good idea. Do you know by chance is it possible to
                    include "kill Director.exe process" into such a script?

                    And of course - Director can't work without Iml32.dll. The trick is only
                    to enforce Director crash and eventually refresh some chache files
                    rather than loading old (corrupted?) ones.

                    Rgs,
                    Ziggi
                    • 7. Re: One more detail...
                      Level 7
                      You can use 'taskkill' to kill a process in a batch file. It will kill
                      ALL instances of the file name, so if you have 3 copies of Director
                      running, it will kill all three. In my example below, I used the /F
                      switch. That will make it close without any opportunity to save
                      anything. If you remove the /F, then it will still prompt you to save
                      your work if there is something changed (/F just blocks any popup
                      dialogs including the one that asks if you want to save your work).


                      taskkill /IM director.exe /F
                      rename Iml32.dll _Iml32.dll
                      director
                      rename _Iml32.dll Iml32.dll