Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Windows Phone Emulator – Black Screen after boot

I recently upgraded laptops, it has a dedicated AMD/ATI graphics card as well as an Integrated HD graphics adapter.  After getting it all setup I tried to work on a Windows Phone app.  Everything went fine but when I started the app on the emulator after the initial “Windows Phone” … “Loading” screen, the screen went blank as shown below

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After putting this out to a mailing list I’m on I received good feedback from Rob Miles and Den Delimarsky that the issue might be this sort of dual graphics adapter configuration.

After a little bit of searching, I found a mechanism within the Catalyst Control Center where I could assign different modes to different applications.

So after finding XdeLauncher.exe at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.1\Tools\XDE Launcher I configured it to use the Power Saving graphics processor and life is good again (i.e. my emulator works great! Winking smile) .

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-twb

12 comments:

  1. I had a similar emulator problem due to not having a WDDM 1.1 driver (desktop PC). I had to replace my video card.

    http://www.telerik.com/community/forums/windows-phone/phoneapplicationframe/phoneapplicationframe-blanks-text-in-mango-beta-emulator.aspx

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  2. Thanks! This solved my problem on my new laptop. However, I needed to use the path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\1.0\XDE.exe

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  3. Thanks a million, saved me the pain of having to go through all the possible permutations where this is possible. I bought a new laptop and the emulator just wouldn't show up correctly! I followed your steps and everything's going on great now~

    However, I'd like to know why can't I run it on the "High Performance" mode? Isn't it supposed to have better performance?

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  4. Thanks a lot! I was stumped for a long time, suspected something to do with the video settings, but not sure what! And yup, I'm also having that CCC! :p

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  5. it didn't solve my problem.. having same configuration but still getting the same blank screen :(

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  6. Switching to either High Performance or Power-saving didn't help me. The emulator still remains a black screen. Is there any other way to solve this?

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