Blender will not start. Please Help.

Hello all, I just decided to give Blender a shot again so I went to the website and downloaded the newest version (blender-2.71-windows64.exe) and installed it. Unfortunately, when I try to run it the console window opens with nothing but a blinking cursor in it, and it just sits there. It shows activity on all 4 cores (max 25% per core) so it looks like it is trying to do something, but even leaving it for 8 hours nothing happens. These are the steps I have taken to try to troubleshoot it myself:

  1. Tried running it in console by opening the install folder and running “blender”. - Same result as double clicking the exe.
  2. Uninstalled and deleted the installer, then downloaded the installer again, rebooted, disabled the internet and then all security software, monitoring software, and unneeded processes, reinstalled blender-2.71-windows64.exe. - Same result.

Soo, here I am asking the pro’s for help :slight_smile: Here are my system specs.

Computer Hardware
Mainboard : GigaByte GA-78LMT-USB3
BIOS : Award (OEM) F4 10/19/2012
Processor : AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Processor (4C 3.21GHz, 2GHz IMC, 4x 512kB L2, 4x 6MB L3)
Memory Controller : AMD RS780/880 Host Bridge 2x 2GHz (4GHz)
Memory Controller : AMD F10 Athlon 64/Opteron/Sempron HT Hub 2x 2GHz (4GHz), 2x 4GB DIMM DDR3 1.34GHz 128-bit
Memory Module : Super Talent SUPERTALENT 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 4-33-10-5)
Memory Module : Super Talent SUPERTALENT 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 4-33-10-5)
Memory Module : Super Talent SUPERTALENT 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 4-33-10-5)
Memory Module : Super Talent SUPERTALENT 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-24 4-33-10-5)
Monitor : ACR AL2016W (1680x1050, 20.1")
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti (7CU 1344SP SM5.0 1GHz/1.3GHz, 384kB L2, 2GB 6GHz 192-bit, PCIe 2.00 x16)

Storage Devices
Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 (1TB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 29MB Cache) : 932GB (C:)
WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1 (1TB, SATA300, 3.5") : 932GB

Network Adapter : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (Ethernet, 1Gbps)

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.01.7601 (Service Pack 1)
Platform Compliance : x64

I’d start with getting fresh video driver from Nvidia’s site; you have all to work effortless in Blender and this turns to be the tripping point Nr1.

in console by opening the install folder and running “blender”

  • have you seen any error messages in console?

Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package installed?
Are you by any chance using non-standard desktop themes? Especially Window Blinds is known to cause startup issues with Blender.

Latest vid driver installed, when I tried to run from console no error code, just flashing prompt.

Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package is installed, and I am running Window Blinds 8.05 so it looks like that is the culprit.

Any fixed found for Window Blinds related issues? (It starts right up if I unload Window Blinds)

Never Mind, figured out how to get it to run while Window Blinds is loaded. Just have to go to compatibility in properties and tic “Disable Visual Themes”. Nothing like a situation like this to make an IT professional feel like a toddler… :slight_smile: Many thanks to those who took time to help this temporary idiot (sans savant…)

Try downloading the zip file