XBMC minimizes after launch

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gquiring Offline
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A few days ago XBMC v11.0 started minimizing itself after I launch the app. XBMC loads fine, and about 10 seconds after it's loaded it just minimizes itself. What's odd is I have not updated anything, so I don't know why this just started.

Win 7 x32, 4gig ram, AMD 6450 v12.4 drivers.

Debug log:
http://pastebin.com/xysTTuVg

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There are many other threads about this. If you are running in true fullscreen mode, any other app that steals focus will cause XBMC to minimize. AMD Catalyst Control Panel has been reported to do it. Turn on debug logging. When it minimizes next time check the log. There should be an entry in the log.

Read this before using these builds.
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gquiring Offline
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(2012-05-06 03:55)kricker Wrote:  There are many other threads about this. If you are running in true fullscreen mode, any other app that steals focus will cause XBMC to minimize. AMD Catalyst Control Panel has been reported to do it. Turn on debug logging. When it minimizes next time check the log. There should be an entry in the log.
That log I posted was with debug on.

XBMC: Gigabyte GA-B75M, i3 IvyB 3.4ghz, 8gig ram, m4 Crucial SSD, Saphire HD6450, Logitech diNovo Mini
Storage: TheCus N5550 15tb and TheCus N4100Pro 8tb
HT: Panasonic V10P50 Plasma, Pioneer VSX-1121K, Pronto TSU-9400 remote
Software: Win 7 Ultimate x86, Eventghost, iPad 3 Constellation app
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nelson01 Offline
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I also have this issue. Most people will advise to run xbmc in a fullscreen window, add a very long delay of 30 seconds or greater, or disable catalyst control center. What i've found, is that without catalyst control center, my video playback performance suffers. The fullscreen window also makes video playback suffer. My system boots in less than 10 seconds, and i have no desire to wait an additional 30 to 60 seconds. I use the windows console editor to boot directly into xbmc as a shell. This issue is preventing me from finalizng my htpc.
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torcar Offline
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I have also experienced this issue. I have solved it by starting XBMC with a script and putting in a delay of 10 sec before it starts enabling catalyst center to finish loading before XBMC starts up.

Annoying, but as long as I don't have to touch anything to make it work I can live with a 10 sec delay when starting XBMC.

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Had the same issue, but resolved it by setting in the policy of windows XBMC as shell in stead of explorer.exe
This not only makes sure that XBMC doesn't start minimized, but also speeds up the process, and disables functions like alt+tab et cetera. Perfect solution for a dedicated machine (with Ctrl+Shift+Esc you can still access the taskmanager and manually start explorer.exe to get full access again to windows)
If you need to start more applications, such as imon or sabnzbd, you can use eventghost as shell and let eventghost start XBMC
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nelson01 Offline
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I just figured out how to start xbmc with no delay, along with CCC and not have it steal focus. I use mmc to run xbmc as a custom user interface and I also run a batch startup script to launch clistart.exe, wait 10 seconds, and then taskkill CCC.exe and leave MOM.exe running. This prevents CCC from stealing focus and fixes my playback issues.
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