Aug 30, 2011
I have a strange problem on one machine that my VB.Net (.NET 3.5 - VS2008) app is running on, it runs a custom sized Powerpoint presentation in an IE control within my VB app. However, on one of the machines my app is installed on, the presentation always pauses on slide 2.
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This is a kiosk type app, where there is no user interactivity. On all the other machines running this software, there is no problem. So it must be something related to the machine itself.
The PC is an XP Pro machine and was originally running IE6, which displayed the problem, I ugraded it to IE8 to see if this would fix it, but the problem persists. The machine is running Powerpoint 2003 (don't recommend upgrading the machines OS/Software- this is out of the question, as it is a business spec machine - even getting IE8 installed was a battle!)
The presentation itself has no complexity, all 15 slides are basic text and photos, no animation, no video etc. As far as I can tell, the problem is nothing to do with my software, or the Powerpoint slideshow, as this operates fine on similar machines and reinstalls made no difference, it must be a problem with the machine/installation itself. I've tried running the slideshow on the problem machine, in PowerPoint itself, rather than in my app, and it runs fine. I've also tried running it in an IE window, without running it through my app, and again, it seems fine.