This is NOT a tutorial. I am just sharing my experience with installing Silhouette Studio v2.9.67. DO NOT attempt the steps outlined at the end of this post without the assistance of an advanced computer user.
|the Initializing Screen.|
Something is wrong. It has been a full 5 minutes and the initializing screen still isn't going away.
"It shouldn't take this long for a program to start up.", I thought. If the never-ending Initializing isn't an indicator that there is a problem with the Silhouette Studio v2 patch, then the intermittent flashes on the computer monitor definitely were. The laptop's fan was going crazy and getting quite loud. My poor machine was trying really hard to work with this program but nothing is making the Initializing Screen go away.
I had to make the software stop whatever it was trying to do.
I tried to end the process but the flashing screen was making it really difficult to bring up the Task Manager. After too many attempts, I finally got lucky and hit "End Process" at the right time. Silhouette Studio stopped but this popped up:
I shut down the computer and enjoyed the silent computer (fan) for a few moments. I took a deep breath and started the computer up again. I sent an email to Silhouette Support asking for help.
Next, I sent a text message to Hubby, my resident tech support, who was at work at the time.
"Can I tinker with the graphics card driver on my laptop? My Sil Studio won't open after installing the v2 patch and their webpage is saying that I have to update my graphics driver."
"The problem is that there is no newer driver for your laptop."
Silhouette had released v2.9.67 a day and a half ago. They say that Legacy users must install this in order to continue access to the Silhouette Design Store and to enter any licenses for any software upgrades. Silhouette has a track record of releasing updates before the bugs were fixed and I was more than a little reluctant to run the installation file. I had read that some folks did not have any trouble with this update and so after backing up my Library and License, I decided to take the plunge.
For the record, I am using the Acer Aspire S7-392, a laptop that I acquired late last year, and running Windows 8.1. I never had any problems using the Legacy version with this computer, so I didn't really think that a graphics driver would be the issue anyway. Besides, I thought that this update was only supposed to fix a credit card security flaw so what's that got to do with the graphics driver? Even Adobe Photoshop, a photo-editing software that is many times more powerful than Silhouette Studio, works perfectly fine on my computer.
|Uninstalling Silhouette Studio|
Anyway, I decided to turn to Facebook. I recounted my experience to my wonderful readers there and within minutes, I received many suggestions. Throughout the course of the morning, I tried every advice that I got-
I ran the v2.9.67 installation file again and selected Repair but that didn't work. The Initialization Screen still did not go away.
I rebooted the computer and restarted the program. Still, the Initializing Screen persists.
I ran the file again and selected Remove to uninstall the whole software. I rebooted the computer and re-install from scratch. I reboot and restart the program.
I uninstall, and reinstall again, but this time I unchecked the option to auto-launch the software. I manually launched the program after installation but still...
I uninstall, and turn off the Firewall. I reinstall the software, rebooted, launch manually...
I have exhausted my options and I was feeling really discouraged. I decided to shut down the computer and wait for Silhouette Support to reply or Hubby to come home....
|Are you kidding me?! Silhouette Support totally ignored my question!|
Hubby arrived home shortly after I received the email reply from Silhouette Support. He flipped opened my laptop and started trying many things. Nothing seemed to work until he did this:
- uninstall and remove all traces of the graphics driver provided by the manufacturer of my laptop
- update the driver by asking Windows to search for the latest graphics driver and downloading it from Windows Update.
|screenshot from the Intel Support site|
After a lot of research, it turns out that when a manufacturer ships a laptop, they may customize their drivers such that generic drivers no longer install. In my case, when I try to update the drivers, the Intel drivers from Intel.com would not install. Instead, they would always point me back to find new drivers from Acer, my laptop's manufacturer. Unfortunately, Acer does not have an updated graphics driver for my laptop. Their Support site lists a 2013 version of the graphics driver as the latest usable version for my computer even though Intel has a newer version. When I try to update the driver, a message would indicate that my laptop is already using the latest driver, when in fact, it is not. The only way to update my driver was to remove all traces of the driver provided by Acer, and replace with the latest graphics driver through Windows Update as outlined above.
|Uninstalling the graphics driver|
What Hubby did for me may or may not work for you as everyone's computer is slightly different. Please DO NOT attempt to do the same thing unless you are or you have the assistance of an advanced computer user. My Hubby fixed my program by uninstalling the manufacturer's customized driver and replacing it with a generic driver but he advices that this is pretty extreme and not for the faint of heart. You really need to know what you are doing, if not your machine may not work properly after this.
Also, please note that not all drivers are available on Windows Update. If you are unable to locate a replacement driver for your computer, you will need to find the original driver that came with your machine from the manufacturer's website.
I am relieved and grateful that Hubby managed to fix the program but I'm still miffed by the fact that a graphics driver update would be needed for a patch that is supposed to only address a store security issue. Updating the graphics driver may sound straightforward, but for some users, it may not be as easy as Silhouette would like you to believe.
The hung Initializing Screen seems to be a common problem amongst v2 users. I came across many reports of that happening when I was looking for a solution to my hung screen. Interestingly, I did not see any v3 users complain of the same thing when they install v3.3.638, the v3 version of the security flaw update. I can't help but wonder if this is a way that Silhouette is using to get their v2 users to start using v3. I sure hope not as that would really suck.
After I had written and scheduled this article to publish, I received another email from Silhouette:
It seems that somebody at Silhouette Support finally bothered to READ my email and realized that their initial reply did not address my question at all. I appreciate that they attempted to help but Hubby had already tried the steps they outlined before they sent out this second email. Unfortunately, their suggestion did not work but updating the graphics driver through Windows Update did.
|Success! Thank you, Hubby!!|