FlexVSP must be repaired after each reboot

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Each time I reboot Windows 7, I notice now that Flex CAT no longer auto-starts. When I attempt to manually start it, it hangs for a time then displays an error message indicating FlexVSP must be installed and running.  It is installed but the service refuses to starts and just times out.

To recover, I have to go into Control Panel / Programs and Features, find FlexVSP and choose "Repair", which does indeed repair it.  Then Flex CAT starts up just fine.

What the heck is going on - is this normal?

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Rick - W5FCX

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Posted 3 years ago

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Mack McCormick, Elmer

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This is abnormal. Something is corrupt in Windows or FlexVSP. The good news is that when the 1.10 (beta) is released early this week there is a repair feature in the app that "may" fix your issue. You shouldn't have to deal with this but a couple of more days.


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Jim Gilliam

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I would do a complete uninstall and reinstall of SmartSDR. Sounds like something isn't quite right. It really pays to make an image of your hard drive when everything is working perfectly.

Jim, K6QE

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Sounds like you may have a third-party security application that is preventing the driver service from properly setting its operating properties.
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Rick - W5FCX

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Reinstalled SmartSDR and FlexVSP - same issue.

Checked McAfee Total Protection and Malwarebytes - no sign of them even paying attention to FlexVSP.

I'll just follow the advice of the error message at this point and open a support ticket as this bug is unresolved.

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