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Delphi IDE freezes every 5 minutes for one minute


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My Delphi IDE freezes every five or six minutes for approximately 50 seconds. While the IDE is frozen, I can switch to any other application they all respond normally. The IDE is completely unresponsive during the freeze, for example it does not repaint its windows. After the 50-second-freeze the IDE behaves fine for five minutes until it freezes again. This effect was seen on an installation of the demo version of Delphi 5.


1.) As a first guess, I would turn off Delphi Direct. Do you have a permanent Internet connection? Maybe something is configured wrong and Delphi tries repeatedly to connect to You can turn off Delphi Direct in Tools | Environment Options

2.) The freeze may occur because you have a bad directory in your (library) search path. Check all directories in your paths and make sure that all drives are actually mapped. The 50-second-freeze sounds like Windows tries to open a network connection. It could also be that a directory/ drive name points to a CD-ROM now and there is no CD in it or it contains a different CD than expected. Trim your paths to what is needed.

3.) You may want to find out what is installed in your IDE that makes it searches your path periodically. I recommend de-activating as many packages as you can. This is done via Components | Packages.

The fact that it is a demo version should not be relevant. Good luck!
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2013-01-08, 11:07:24
anonymous from Brazil  
Very good answer.



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