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LO 5.1 on Asus Eee PC 1025C netbook?

asked 2016-02-24 14:39:00 +0100

GAJ gravatar image

updated 2016-03-15 11:06:39 +0100

On my Asus eee PC 1025C netbook under Win7 Starter, I have been running LO without any problems, including LO 5.0.5. When trying to upgrade to LO 5.1.0, installation goes fine, but on starting up LO 5.1.0, a blank (white) splash screen appears, followed by a white empty window (no menu, no empty document, just a white window).

Does anyone know how to solve this?

A reinstall of LO 5.0.5 runs fine!

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answered 2016-03-15 11:26:05 +0100

GAJ gravatar image

Problem seems to be solved with LO 5.1.1!

Without having changed anything, installation of LO 5.1.1 (the successor of 5.1.0 that contains a lot of bug-fixes) went smoothly and launching now opens up any document (writer/calc/ etc.) without any problem.

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answered 2016-03-15 13:17:08 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

updated 2016-03-15 13:19:38 +0100

The white screens, etc. are almost certainly the OpenGL/OpenCL bug (Q64314) (however, that also affects 5.0.5, which is why I never wrote anything when I first saw this).

There are Release Notes for 5.1 but do not seem to be Release Notes exclusively for 5.1.1. However, there are detailed notes on 5.1.1.3, including bugfixes. tdf#97197, tdf#97739 & tdf#97816 are all OpenGL bugfixes. The OP will be particularly interested by:-

tdf#97197:- With OpenGL active Impress slide transition Rochade effect blanking entire UI to white [Michael Meeks]

In addition to the above are detailed notes on 5.1.1.1. I count 4 OpenGL/OpenCL bugfixes amongst a terrifyingly long list of fixed errors.

In v5.1 use of OpenGL/OpenCL defaulted to ON, and this was responsible for a wonderful set of show-stopping bugs such as your own. This has all led to the ludicrous situation where the current (March 2016) Release Notes for 5.0.5 include a fix for crashes on startup:-

In case of problems on Windows related to OpenGL rendering, you can disable it completely by applying a registry setting (only needed if LibreOffice crashes on startup, otherwise you can disable it in Tools|Options → LibreOffice → View). You can find the necessary fragment in bugzilla (save with a .reg file extension, then you can double-click on the file to apply the change).

To understand why the I describe the above as “ludicrous”, here is LibreOffice's self-description of Still:-

LibreOffice Still is the stable version that has undergone more testing (over a longer time). It is usually recommended for more conservative use.

The fact that a so-called ‘stable’, ‘well-tested’ product is very likely to crash on first start-up defeats my mind.

I'm very pleased that GAJ was eventually able to get an updated product that would run without a crash‘n’burn.

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answered 2018-07-05 09:22:07 +0100

The white screen is because of open cl bug, fix the bug first by using Op that includes, tdf#97739 & tdf#97816 are all OpenGL bugfixes. In adding the detailed notes on 5.1.1.1. I count 4 OpenCL bugfixes amongst a terrifyingly long list of fixed errors. In v5.1 use of OpenCL defaulted to ON, and this was responsible for a wonderful set of show-stopping bugs. In case of problems on Windows related to OpenGL rendering, you can disable it completely by applying a registry setting You can find the necessary fragment in Bugzilla, LibreOffice Still is the stable version that has undergone more testing. you can use that version which has updated product without the crash burn. Asus Support

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