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<program> has stopped working

  1. #1


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1

    <program> has stopped working


    When I run a particular program on my Windows 8.1 X64 PC, I get a pup-up saying "<program name> has stopped working ... Windows will close the program..." (not the world's most helpful error message).

    Can someone tell me exactly what this message means? Does it mean that the application has run out of memory, or that it is stuck in an infinite loop, or that it has called an unhandled exception , or what? How does Windows detect this error?

    Knowing this will help me find out what is causing the problem.

    I'm afraid I don't know what language the application was written in. It is a command line application.

    Thanks - Rowan

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  2. #2


    There's many notifications in windows that give cryptic or general descriptions. Try running it "As administrator", in compatibility mode or reinstall.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    I don't think it's to do with any of those things. I think it's probably to do with the data I'm giving it, which is causing some problem in the code, like running out of memory, or causing an infinite loop. The program processes other input files fine.

    Surely someone must know what this message means, which bit of Windows is creating it, under exactly what conditions it occurs etc.? Knowing this would help me diagnose what the root problem really is, and potentially fix the application (which is open source) or add more error checking to help future users.

    Thanks - Rowan
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  4. #4


    Check "Event Viewer" (eventvwr.msc), it may give you more data.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    it would be WAY MORE HELPFUL if we knew what the program is, was or should be..

    What program? is causing the issue..

    Since it is a command line program - then most likely it is your syntax usage..
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  6. #6


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    The program is GEMA, written by David Gray.

    When you say "it's your syntax", my syntax where? The input files are just text. Surely whatever text I give to the program, it should not crash. It should do whatever it is designed to do, hopefully give me a helpful error message, but if not that, it should not crash. I recognize that the program may have bugs in it. If so, I would like to try to find them, but I need to know what sort of thing I am looking for, i.e. what can cause this message (which was what I asked at the beginning). Whatever the bug is, it is clearly not a syntax error, otherwise it could never have been built.

    Thanks for your help.

    Rowan
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  7. #7


    Seems that GEMA is some obscure program not many know about. As I said before, the error message you get is very vague and may mean many things and causes in windows. There's a lot of them like that, like "not enough free memory" even when you have a lots of it but may also show when wrong place in the memory is addressed and few other things.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1


    >GEMA is some obscure program not many know about

    That's why I didn't bother to say what the program was at the beginning.

    Someone must know what this specific message means. After all, there must be a piece of source code saying "print ("<program> has stopped working")" somewhere within Windows. Is there a way to find out when this message is produced?

    Thanks - Rowan
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by rowanbradley View Post
    >GEMA is some obscure program not many know about

    That's why I didn't bother to say what the program was at the beginning.

    Someone must know what this specific message means. After all, there must be a piece of source code saying "print ("<program> has stopped working")" somewhere within Windows. Is there a way to find out when this message is produced?

    Thanks - Rowan
    Well the problem is that it's not specific error message pointing to specific problem, more like pretty general thingie. Did you try "Event Viewer" and see if there's some more about it.
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  10. #10


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 638
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Is GEMA a German-based program? I googled and most of the links on 1st page points to something from Germany.
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