Object Desktop 2009 Official Support Thread

Post your thoughts, questions, issues with Object Desktop 2009 here.

By on November 18, 2008 9:29:50 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Zargon

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When Object Desktop 2009 is released, this is where the known issues will be posted.  Please post your findings here as well.  Thank you!

Notes and Known Issues: (all issues are being worked on at this time)

Theme Manager 3.0 (Published at 11am)

  • Aero Midnight theme included as a .suite file for Object Desktop customers.
  • My Desktop / Save My Desktop: Dreams, skins and cursors sometimes do apply when saved as part of a suite.  Please apply through the Applications tab as a workaround at this time.
  • Applications / Cursors: Sometimes cursors take two applies before applying.
  • My Desktop / Create New Theme: The Download URL function is not working at this time.
  • Please update SoundPackager before applying sounds through Theme Manager 3.0.
  • Users will need to open SoundPackager one time to have sound packages show up in Theme Manager 3.0.
  • Fixed - On systems that do not have MyColors installed, an error about the StardockWeather.ocx file not being registered will display when applying weather gadgets.
  • The Aero Midnight skin does not extract and apply 100% of the time on faster hardware.

Deskscapes 2.5 (with XP support published at 1pm)

  • With a Dream file applied dragging and dropping icons from the desktop to a folder does not work at this time.
  • Please visit this web site to review video card requirement details.  In short, AGP Video cards are not supported at this time.  Future driver updates from NVIDIA/ATI will add support later this year.  At that time only AGP 8x will be supported (4x/2x/1x bus speeds are not adequate to support dream functionality at low CPU).
  • The Watercolor Dream may exhibit some distortion on Windows XP.

Bootskin Pro 1.0 (published at 6:30pm)

  • There is a new WinCustomize gallery for Windows Vista bootskins.  Boot skins created for XP will not work with Bootskin Pro.
  • Bootskin Pro allows users to create boot skins for Windows Vista, so boot skins created for XP can be re-generated and uploaded to WinCustomize.
  • Bootskin Pro Create boot skin tab will attempt to read your Object Desktop Ultimate serial from the registry.  If the serial number field is blank, paste in your Object Desktop Ultimate serial number to create a boot skin.
  • There may be an issue with .bootskin file associations on some systems.

WindowBlinds 6.3 (published on 11/18/2008)

  • Windows Vista 64-bit users may need to reboot after install if skins do not apply correctly.
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November 18, 2008 10:45:30 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Zargon. With regards to Theme Manager not closing correctly I have tracked the problem down to trying to load Deskscapes. When loading Descapes all I get is the torch searching and Descapes does not load any dreams. After closing Theme Manager the process is still working in the background using about 50% of the CPU. I have Intel E6750 installed. Could this be because I have a lot of dream files installed. They are installed in the default location, Documents\Stardock\Dreams.

 

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Macca

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November 19, 2008 1:02:27 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Possibly premature report...

Re. Deskscapes in XP Pro (SP3); I'm experiencing what apears to be an incomplete install.  The download size of 2.00.058 is initially offered at 54.3MB. When the download is initiated, the progress figures suggests the target is 44.37MB.  Impulse shows files extracted and install complete, then returns to showing Deskscapes available.

The Deskscapes folder is created, however only DreamMaker has made an appearance.

 

 

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November 19, 2008 11:17:12 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Possibly premature report...

Re. Deskscapes in XP Pro (SP3); I'm experiencing what apears to be an incomplete install. The download size of 2.00.058 is initially offered at 54.3MB. When the download is initiated, the progress figures suggests the target is 44.37MB. Impulse shows files extracted and install complete, then returns to showing Deskscapes available.

The Deskscapes folder is created, however only DreamMaker has made an appearance.

 

Yes, we have not published Deskscapes for XP yet.  Coming soon.

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November 19, 2008 11:36:14 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Zargon. With regards to Theme Manager not closing correctly I have tracked the problem down to trying to load Deskscapes. When loading Descapes all I get is the torch searching and Descapes does not load any dreams. After closing Theme Manager the process is still working in the background using about 50% of the CPU. I have Intel E6750 installed. Could this be because I have a lot of dream files installed. They are installed in the default location, Documents\Stardock\Dreams.

You may not be waiting long enough for the torch to finish building the list.  Please give it some time.

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November 19, 2008 12:00:59 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks for the continued updates Zargon0225, as some folks like to say 'You The Man'.

I'm off to use Theme Manager 3.0 now.

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November 19, 2008 12:01:11 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I hate to be a pain but when Deskscapes for XP is released will it be seperate or will we see Deskscapes go to 2.5 and include XP support?

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November 19, 2008 12:02:10 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I hate to be a pain but when Deskscapes for XP is released will it be seperate or will we see Deskscapes go to 2.5 and include XP support?

Deskscapes 2.5 will include XP support.  It will not be  seperate download.

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November 19, 2008 12:02:34 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Thanks for the continued updates Zargon0225, as some folks like to say 'You The Man'.

Thank you Philly0381.  We appreciate your kind words; it is a team effort here at Stardock.  I have a lot of talented people standing behind me.

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November 19, 2008 12:25:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

After the upadate to Sound Packager it won't open.  It starts, gets part way thought loading sounds and stops.  You get the message that it has encountered a problem and has to shut down.

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November 19, 2008 12:33:51 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

After the upadate to Sound Packager it won't open. It starts, gets part way thought loading sounds and stops. You get the message that it has encountered a problem and has to shut down.

What sound package?  All of them?

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November 19, 2008 12:38:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Zargon0225 is Desktop Collage geting updated today too...I'm really looking forward to the sub dir support...it it be posted on the Desktop Collage dream page?
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November 19, 2008 12:44:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

no problems here so far... thanks for keeping us updated.

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November 19, 2008 12:46:59 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I use XP Home SP2 fully patched.  I previously had Deskscapes hidden as it was for Vista.  I checked to have hidden programs show and got Deskscapes to show in Impulse but it is partly transparent.  It says it's available, and it will go through the install routine, but then just jumps back to Available again.  If DeskScapes for XP isn't a standalone then how do I get it to install?

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November 19, 2008 12:49:03 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Zargon0225 is Desktop Collage geting updated today too...I'm really looking forward to the sub dir support...it it be posted on the Desktop Collage dream page?

The dream has been updated by Dreamer to handle the sub-directory support and add randomization.  However Dreamer is working on fixing an issue where sometimes if you select a subfolder (randomly) Windows Explorer hangs.  He hopes to have a fix today.  As soon as he does I will personally update the dream and have it uploaded to WinCustomize.

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November 19, 2008 12:49:35 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I use XP Home SP2 fully patched. I previously had Deskscapes hidden as it was for Vista. I checked to have hidden programs show and got Deskscapes to show in Impulse but it is partly transparent. It says it's available, and it will go through the install routine, but then just jumps back to Available again. If DeskScapes for XP isn't a standalone then how do I get it to install?

You caught us publishing Deskscapes!  Please try again in about 30 minutes.

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November 19, 2008 12:54:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I also just read a post in DeskScapes for XP that suppoet for AGP video cards isn't yet available.  Is this true?

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November 19, 2008 12:54:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Quoting ,
thats great thanks!!!!
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November 19, 2008 1:04:13 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Zargon0225,

After the upadate to Sound Packager it won't open. It starts, gets part way thought loading sounds and stops. You get the message that it has encountered a problem and has to shut down.


What sound package?  All of them?

Sound Packager program itself won't load completely

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November 19, 2008 1:12:43 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I also just read a post in DeskScapes for XP that suppoet for AGP video cards isn't yet available. Is this true?

Correct, here is the long answer.  We have been working with the video card manufacturers to improve performance running dreams with low CPU utilization on AGP cards.

At this time we have had success obtaining driver updates that perform very well on AGP 8x.  These driver updates have not been released by the manufaturer at this time.  Until these updated drivers have been installed, dreams running on AGP cards utilize 100% of the CPU.

We expect the video card manufacturers to release the updated drivers to support AGP later this year.  With that said, we have tested these new drivers on AGP 8x and 4x.  Only AGP 8x provides the necessary bandwidth to run a dream.  AGP 4x will not be supported.

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November 19, 2008 1:23:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Hi - I have loaded today's version of Theme Manager 3. I am running Vista 32 bit Home Premium. I currently have a windowsblind skin active. In Theme manager, I have "advanced settings" active. I usually pick just the Windowsblind to update (Aero Midnight in this case). The issue is that the blind never changes from my original. Icons will change or anything else if I select. But not the blind. Explorer will stop, then restart, and my old blind will still be sitting there. Any suggestions? PS- My Windowsblinds is the most recent version as well. I am running AVG 8.
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November 19, 2008 1:36:22 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Am I right in assuming that Fences doesn"t like Dreamscapes or vice versa?

Other than that works perfecly on my XP machine

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November 19, 2008 1:37:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

We expect the video card manufacturers to release the updated drivers to support AGP later this year. With that said, we have tested these new drivers on AGP 8x and 4x. Only AGP 8x provides the necessary bandwidth to run a dream. AGP 4x will not be supported.

I have an Nvidia GeForce 7300GT 512Mb 8x AGP card with the latest drivers from Nvidia and Direct x 9 installed and there are still additonal drivers needed?

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November 19, 2008 1:45:20 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I have an Nvidia GeForce 7300GT 512Mb 8x AGP card with the latest drivers from Nvidia and Direct x 9 installed and there are still additonal drivers needed?

Give it a shot on that card with that configuration.  You may see acceptable results.  Please let us know what CPU utilization you observe.

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November 19, 2008 1:54:17 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting JoDa,
Am I right in assuming that Fences doesn"t like Dreamscapes or vice versa?

Other than that works perfecly on my XP machine

That is correct - there are some issues with Fences and DeskScapes on Windows XP.  Hopefully, these will be resolved in the future, but for now, they do not play perfectly together.

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November 19, 2008 2:11:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

DeskScape 2.5 icon is still transparent in My Destop tab of Impulse.  It downloaded 43.6Mb and installed.  The icon says installed however DeskScapes does not show up on the Object Desktp tab of Impule at all.  Do I need to double click the activate file in Program Files/Stardock/Object Desktop/Deskscapes?

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