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If you are getting any type of error message or warning message (except a fatal crash message), then , click here to see the FAQ titled "Studio Launch error/warning messages" to resolve these issues. For a fatal crash or any type of lockup/freezing while launching, continue with this FAQ, below.
If Studio was launching for some period of time and then it stopped launching, it is best to try to determine what changes have been made to the computer recently and undo the changes to see if it has an affect on the problem. Here's a short list of what could affect Studio's ability to launch:

  • A Studio patch was applied but it didn't install properly
  • The graphics driver was updated
  • Hardware was installed
We recommend using Windows XP System Restore. You can obtain more information on how System Restore works from the Microsoft web site at:
Troubleshooting steps for Studio hangs or crashing while launching (starting)
1. RESTART THE COMPUTER. Try restarting the computer
2. WAIT A FEW MINUTES: If Studio still won't launch, wait a few minutes to let it finish launching. We have noticed on some computers that it may take a little while for Studio to completely launch. Studio 10 users click here to see the FAQ on this.
3. LATEST VERSION OF STUDIO. There was a launch problems in previous versions of Studio 10 that are now fixed in the latest version. When troubleshooting any problem, it is always best to be on the latest version of the software.
If you have Studio version 12, download the latest version here.

If you have Studio version 11, download the latest version here.

If you have Studio version 10, download the latest version here .

Note: Studio 11 patches will only patch a previous install of Studio 11. Studio 10 patches will only patch a previous install of Studio 10. Etc.

If you have an older version of Studio (Studio 9 or 10, etc), it is advised for you to update to the current Studio software. The current version is Studio 12. Click Here to go to the Studio 12 Upgrade page.

How to download and install a patch:
  • When downloading the patch make a note of where it is being saved to. We recommend saving the patch to the desktop.
  • Before installing the patch, make sure that you do not have any other programs running. Studio must not be running.
  • Once it is fully downloaded, double-click on the patch to begin the installation.
  • Follow any on-screen prompts to complete the installation. Reboot the computer after applying the patch.

4. SAFE MODE: Try launching Studio in Safe mode. In Safe mode, many device drivers and applications do not load. If Studio will launch in safe mode, then the issue is most likely a configuration problem with your computer. NOTE: We do not recommend using Studio in Safe Mode. This step is for testing purposes only. To start in Safe mode:
  • Shut down the computer
  • When you turn it back on, tap the F8 key every couple seconds until a menu pops up. (If the XP splash screen appears, the F8 keys was pressed too late so restart the computer and try this step again)
  • On the menu, choose Safe Mode, and then press the Enter key
  • Launch Studio
If you need help starting in Safe mode, you can click here to get information on Microsoft's web site
If Studio won't launch in Safe mode, then Studio many not be installed properly or the install may be corrupt. We recommend uninstalling and reinstalling Studio.

Click here to see the FAQ on how to uninstall, then reinstall Studio 10.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

  • Jeff Strader
    Jeff Strader Oct 22, 2008

    If Studio launches in Safe mode, then the issue most likely is due to device drivers and application conflicts. Continue with the troubleshooting steps below.

    5. Disconnect all Capture hardware (if possible or practical)

    5.1. PINNACLE EXTERNAL HARDWARE: If your capture device is a Pinnacle external device (i.e. Dazzle DVC 80, DVC 85, DVC 90, DVC 100, DVC 120, DVC 130, DVC 150, DVC 170, 500 USB, 700 USB, MovieBox DV, MovieBox USB, MovieBox Deluxe) then:

    • Unplug the capture device from the computer

    • Launch Studio again

    • If it still will not launch then go to step 2

    • If it does launch, then reconnect the capture device and wait until the computer loads the driver, and then click on the capture tab

    • If this works, the go to Setup -> capture source and select the correct capture device.

    • If this does not work go to step 5.2.

    5.2 WEBCAMS: If you have a webcam, try the following:

    • Launch Studio with the webcam plugged in

    • Launch Studio with the webcam unplugged

    If one of these steps works, then the webcam will have to be set every time, so that Studio will be able to be launched.

    5.3. CAPTURE DEVICES IN THE COMPUTER: To see what capture device are in the computer, do the following:

    • Go to Start -> All Programs -> Studio 10 -> Tools. Click on AM Capture

    • Click on the Devices pull-down menu

    Try physically disconnecting the devices on the Devices list
    Try uninstalling the driver for the devices on the Devices list.

    6. DOWNLOAD AND REINSTALL THE DRIVER FOR THE GRAPHICS CARD. During the Studio software launch process we do check that you have a DirectX compatible graphics card. Download and reinstall the latest version of the driver for the graphics card that is on your system. Many customers have nVIDIA or ATI graphics cards and the latest driver can be found at:

    nVIDIA is at:

    ATI is at:

    If you need assistance with this step, please contact the support department for the graphics card company.

    7. DOWNLOAD AND REINSTALL THE DRIVER FOR THE SOUND CARD. During the Studio software launch process we do check that you have a sound card and video card that support DirectX. Download and reinstall the latest version of the driver for the sound card that is on your system.

    If you need assistance with this step, please contact the support department for the sound card company.

    8. REMOVE THE SOUND CARD FROM THE SYSTEM. Some older sound cards may not work well with newer versions of Windows. This can be verified by shutting down the computer, removing the sound card and restarting. Obviously this is not practical if the sound device is on the motherboard, as in laptop computers. If Studio now launches, more than likely you need to replace the sound card (if you already updated to the latest drivers in step 3).

    9. END BACKGROUND TASK: There are a couple ways to accomplish this. One is to use a Startup Manager. There are many shareware and free ware programs that assist a user in eliminating programs that launch on Startup. Use an Internet search engine such as google, yahoo, etc to search for "startup managers". We don't recommend/endorse a particular one, but we do suggest you try a couple to see which one works for you and is easy to use.

    Another is to use the Microsoft System Configuration Utility (MSCONFIG), which is part of Windows, to disable programs that launch at startup of Windows. We recommend disabling all programs and then re-enabling them one at a time until the conflicting program is located.
    Click here to view our FAQ that details how to use MSCONFIG



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