Good input and it does seem like some type of port or audio conflict, but I have tried almost everything. In thinking about it, I didn't disclose everything (yikes). The CW Skimmer copy is the unregistered version, because I was trying before buying. That being said, I will uninstall it, put it in the correct folder, and see whether that solves anything...Worse case I will assume it is a problem with the unregistered copy and plunk down the $75....Who said Amateur Radio was for weak minded folks?
After emailing to Alex and going thru a whole bunch of different possible settings, it appears that my onboard graphic controller (Intel HD Graphics 4600), along with all the latest drivers is not compatible with CW Skimmer. Intermittent freezing of the PowerSDR display starts immediately after CW Skimmer is opened, even when it is NOT running (not rying to decode streams of CW). After a short period of time I receive the BSOD, with an error message that indicates a "corrupt graphics situation." This is basically when CW Skimmer code tries to interface with my onboard graphics controller. When I get a chance I will try to roll back some drivers, etc...but I fear this is just one of those compatibility issues that sometimes plagues us...Thanks for all your help and input. Mike Jones
Microsoft sometimes rolls the embedded graphics driver back to the distribution version. It is important to install an Intel driver dated AFTER September 2013. Many of us had problems with embedded graphics until Intel released a driver that worked just fine. You'll need to download from Support at Intel.com, NOT from Microsoft Update.