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Recently a friend of mine gave me a copy of BumpTop 2.10 (Build 6225). I had not heard of it before so I was intrigued and installed it. My friend had shown screen-shots of it and I was quite excited to try. I installed it, let it download DirectX and tried to run it. It shows the Splash Screen and then I get the BumpTop "desktop", except that it's black and then BumpTop stops responding and crashes. I've tried running it under Compatibility & with Aero disabled, but it still doesn't start. I've re-installed it 3 times, still doesn't work. I also checked, but it says that Google's taken it over and doesn't offer any help.

Anyone have any idea why this could be happening and how I can get BumpTop to work? I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate.

One thing I did notice: I see BumpTop uses Qt 4. I already have Qt4 installed on my machine. Could this be affecting it?

EDIT: Here's a screen-shot:

BumpTop Screen Shot

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What graphical card do you have? – Gnoupi Jul 15 '10 at 17:35
It's a HP Pavilion dv5224ea Laptop (…)): Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950, Memory 128 MB (shared) (taken from site) – Kryten Jul 15 '10 at 17:39
Try running it from command console. It might show some information there that gets lost when running a program from desktop. Also check for log files in BumpTop folder. – Egon Jul 15 '10 at 17:40
I'll take it you've restarted after every install... – John Jul 15 '10 at 17:43
Just ran "BumpTop.exe" from Command Line, still didn't work and nothing printed... – Kryten Jul 15 '10 at 17:44
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Found out why it kept crashing! When I monitored BumpTop.exe with Process Monitor, I noticed that it was reading all the file in the Pictures Folder and getting stuck in a loop at one particular folder (which contained a link to itself). My thinking is that it follows links when reading the Pictures folder and then got stuck in a loop because of the link pointing to the same folder.

Anyway, deleting the link solved the problem and after an initial very long start-up (I have 7.2 GB of Pictures) it's now working.

Thanks to everyone who commented!

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