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TeXnicCenter freezes when target is PDF

Postby Drudge » Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:34 am

Hello there,

I currently have the problem that every time I create a PDF document in TeXnicCenter the whole TeXnicCenter freezes.
At first I have to admit that I have upgraded to Windows 10 today, so I hope this is not an OS-issue but maybe a misconfiguration. Everything worked fine with Windows 7. (Shame on me, I know :roll:)

When I create a document where the target is PDF, for example "LaTeX -> PDF" or "LaTeX -> DVI -> PDF", TeXnicCenter freezes for up to 2 minutes before the PDF file is created successfully. When I choose another compile setting, for example "LaTeX -> DVI", it compiles in a couple of seconds. When I compiled a PDF and click the button to open the PDF viewer and show the result it freezes for a couple of minutes as well.

The freeze is independent from the content of the LaTeX-file as I figured out. Even with a nearly empty document (documentclass, begin/end document) it freezes

I have uninstalled MiKTeX and TeXnicCenter completely and reinstalled both. I now have MiKTeX 2.9 x64 and TeXnicCenter 2.02 stable x64 installed but the error still persists.

Is there any way to find out what the problem causes (e.g. log files)? Since it only happens with PDF files I think there might be an error with the LaTeX compiler.

I am a newbie with LaTeX so I cannot figure it out myself but I will share any information needed with you. Just give me a note what information is needed.

Thank you in advance
Mark Lukas

Edit 30.07.15
I figured out that TeXnicCenter freezes when my PDF reader is not opened yet. When Adobe Acrobat is opened, the compiling and the opening of the document works in seconds without freezing.
This makes the error still more curious because I don't get the connection between compiling the document (without opening it yet) and the open-state of my PDF viewer.

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Postby trycage » Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:23 pm

Same problem here

LateX -> Pdf hangs 30 seconds before compiling
but it does not seems to make any difference having the pdf viewer opened.

Actually Acrobat creates a lock in the PDF. You cannot have it opened in the reader and compile to PDF. I use TexWorks. But either with Acrobat nor with TexWorks opened seems to change the issue.

I have another computer with windows 10 and it works fine.

Checked with any combination Texnicenter 32bit, 64bit, Miktek 32bit, 64bit.


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Postby IliasK88S » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:56 pm

Same Problem for me.

I tried both versions of TeXnicCenter 32/64 bit and both hang for some seconds if the PDF viewer is not opened before.

Windows 10
Intel Processor
Nvidia Graphics
Avast as antivir

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Postby Flinston » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:40 am

Same problem here. TCC freezes on preview, if PDF viewer is not opened yet. After about 2 Minutes, PDF viewer is loaded and it works. If it is opened in advance, everything works fine.

Problem exists on Surface Pro 3, running Windows 10 main build.
Problem does NOT exist on desktop PC, running same build.

Using TCC 2.02 Stable (64Bit)
Sumatra 3.0 (also tried 3.1prerelease)

Tried reinstalling both, but no luck.

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Postby Drudge » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:18 pm

I maybe found a workaround for the problem.

While reinstalling of Adobe Reader did not fix the problem, it helped to open up Adobe Reader, clicking "Help" in the Menu Bar and choosing "Repair Adobe Reader Installation" (Labels may vary, I have the German version).
This helped on both of my machines. Now it freezes every now and then (approx. every 10 minutes) but the freezes are now independent of the state whether Adobe Reader is opened or not.

If you have Adobe Acrobat too, I recommend to repeat the steps there, too.

But I still hope to get an Update for TeXnicCenter since it seems to affect any PDF Viewer and not Adobe-specific ones.

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