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# Problems getting SFML to display a window.

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I've been trying to get SFML to simply create an empty window with a color in it for more hours than I care to admit. I was working through the this tutorial, when I apparently hit a wall. I completed through part 2, everything compiles fine, no errors, but when I run it I just get a blank dos prompt when a blinking cursor that I have to force close. The only debug output is

 The thread 'Win32 Thread' (0x520) has exited with code -1073741510 (0xc000013a). The thread 'Win32 Thread' (0x2c8) has exited with code -1073741510 (0xc000013a). The thread 'Win32 Thread' (0xe98) has exited with code -1073741510 (0xc000013a). The program '[3700] Pang2.exe: Native' has exited with code -1073741510 (0xc000013a). 

I've tried both vs2011 dev preview, and vs2008 express (too frustrated to install 2010 also...) and I get the exact same results. For vs2011 I compiled SFML myself, everything seemed to go fine there. In vs2008 I tried both the bundled DLLs and compiling my own, same result both times. Eventually I copy/pasted the code right from the tutorial, no luck. I even downloaded the "up to this point" project file from the tutorial, compiled it with no errors, black box, blinking cursor.

This code runs with no problems.
 int main() { sf::Clock clock; while (clock.GetElapsedTime() < 5.0f) { std::cout <<clock.GetElapsedTime() << "\n"; sf::Sleep(0.5f); } return 0; } 

As soon as I try to create a sf::Window or sf::RenderWindow, it just hangs at the blinking cursor. This does not run.
 int main() { sf::RenderWindow Window(sf::VideoMode VMode(800, 600, 32), "SFML Window"); while(Window.IsOpened()) { sf::Event Event; while (Window.GetEvent(Event)) { switch (Event.Type) { case sf::Event::Closed: Window.Close(); break; default: break; } } Window.Clear(sf::Color(255,0,0)); Window.Display(); } return 0; } 

This also appears in the debug output...I don't know if any of it is bad.
 'Pang2.exe': Loaded 'C:\Users\Zack\AppData\Local\Temp\ammemb.dll', Binary was not built with debug information. 'Pang2.exe': Unloaded 'C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atigktxx.dll' 'Pang2.exe': Loaded 'C:\Windows\SysWOW64\atigktxx.dll' 

In the "modules" menu, sfml-window-d.dll and sfml-system-d.dll and ammemb.dll all have a red ! and the tooltip says "The module did not load at the default load address". sfml-graphics-d is listed and does not have the same error. All three DLLs are in the same folder. It also reports "Symbols not loaded" for everything in the module list except for Pang2.exe and ammemb.dll ("symbols loaded", and "binary not built with debug information" respectively).

I'm completely at a loss. I've used freeglut before and had no problems creating a window and drawing to it. Am I missing some dependency for building the vs2011 DLLs? Should I try vs2010 also? I'm rather tired of installing software, my system feels so bloated lately.

I run win7 x64 on a core2duo 2.93ghz and a radeon 4870 hd; I updated the drivers this morning. Thanks to anybody that feels like they need a headach...err wants to help. If you need any other information just ask.

[color=#ff0000]UPDATE: I added SFML_STATIC; to the C++ preprocessor, and used the static lib files (the ones with -s in the name) and now the I can make all sorts of multicolored windows in SFML 1.6 and 2.0. I'm still not sure of the original issue. Edited by zdkroot

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Do not use the bundled DLLs, they are built for VS 2010. Instead use the DLLs downloaded from the SFML website.

That tutorial was written for Visual Studio 2010, and the dlls arent binary compatible between VS versions.

That or use VS 2010.

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You should change this:
sf::VideoMode VMode(800, 600, 32)
to
sf::VideoMode(800, 600, 32)

That line causes it to not compile on my system. I use G++ but either way it should not throw a compiler error. [s]That solves part of the problem.[/s]

EDIT: Forgot I didn't have my .dll's in the .exe's folder. You just need to remove the Vmode part. I can explain it a bit if you want. Edited by Dragonsoulj

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Serapth: I didn't use the bundled ones, I compiled my own for vs2011 and for vs2008 I used the ones from the sfml site, and compiled my own, to no avail.

Dragonsoulj: I just pasted the code I had been toying with trying to get it to work. I'm pretty sure I've tried every possible permutation of that line, and none of them worked.

On the up side, while trying out SFML-2.0, I was reading this and it says you can add SFML_STATIC; to the preprocessor, and change the dependencies to use the -s version of the .libs. That worked. Both with 2.0 and 1.6, in vs2008. I guess that just means it's some kind of DLL issue still? I extracted them straight from SFML-1.6.zip to the Debug directory with the exe, and it still won't display a window. If i set the SFML_STATIC; for the Release config, Release will compile and run fine, debug will not. Thoughts?

And thank you both for taking time to help

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You did have SFML_DYNAMIC; set in your preprocessor since you were on the Debug configuration, right? I'll keep looking.

One of the reasons I went to command line was the problems that creep up with IDEs. Once they work they are fine, though. Worse comes to worse, I'll get a trial and see if I can help you out. I personally am a fan of SFML. ;)

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Actually no, I didn't see that in any of the tutorials o_O Am I really just that blind? I'll test that right now.

Edit: Nope, no change. Still won't run with SFML_STATIC; set in the preprocessor. In debug or release. It still complains if it doesn't have the DLLs in the folder though... Edited by zdkroot

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Try adding the location they are in (say if they are in C:\SFML\includes\) to the PATH system variable. That option or placing them in the folder main folder are two options, since it should check both current directory and the system PATH directories. The other option you should have is just adding the .dlls to the project. I believe that is under Project->Add Existing Item or something, unless there is an option to specify external dependencies that I forgot about.

Your programs must have access to the .dlls at run-time, so if you pass them along, include them in the programs you give to people. I haven't found a way to embed them into the .exes yet.

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[font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][color=#282828]ARGH!!! The editor is pissing me off.. whats with the wierd "jumpiness" lately? You hit backspace and BLAMMO, randomly relocates to a different location and deletes something! [/font]

[font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][color=#282828]Argh, anyways...[/font]

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