Thursday, June 28, 2007

VS2005 Super Slow Design Mode ASPX

Earlier this year I upgraded my AjaxControlToolkit.dll. I started running into this problem that I found posted in the comments at A few VS 2005 SP1 Links and Information Nuggets

Friday, January 12, 2007 12:33 PM by Mark

I've run into a problem that started showing up randomly after SP1 was installed:

I attempt to view an aspx page in Design mode and at each control that is getting created takes at least 2 minutes. The window becomes unresponsive and all I see is:

Creating control 'controlName1'

a few minutes later.

Creating control 'controlName2'

After 10 minutes, I have to kill Visual Studio -- any insight into this?


I eventually got a new working copy of my project from subversion and the issue went away. I must have found something like what was post later in the comments of the same article.

Thursday, January 25, 2007 5:39 PM by Dave Franke

Hi Scott,

Finally got around the problem. Not sure what it was. I checked my web.config files but did not see anything releated to two competing references. We work with TFS. So in the end I deleted everything in my workspace and retrieved all the source code and the problem was gone. Tried a Force Get latest before that but it did not work either.


I am not sure what it was but this solved it. It happened again after I upgraded AjaxControlToolkit.dll following the instructions here. I post it here so I won't forget again.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Clearing the print queue

Occasionally our printer at home gets jobs stuck in the print queue. I write this so we can remember what my wife did to clear it.

We have a HP deskjet 3500, from the HP site


When print jobs are initiated, they are stored in a print job list (print queue). If the printer does not complete the print job because it is off-line or the print spooler fails, the print jobs stay in the print queue and it becomes backed up.

Clearing the print queue
1. Click Start, click Settings, and then click Printers to open the Printer folder.
2. Double-click the Printer to open the print queue.
3. Click Printer in the menu.
4. Select Pause Printing if it is not already selected. This will stop all printing to the
5. Click Printer again and select Purge Print Documents or Cancel All Documents. Click Yes to confirm the action.
6. If there are any documents left in the queue, restart the print queue. Click Printer and then click Pause Printing to resume printing.
7. Click Printer again, then click Cancel All Documents or Purge Print Documents.
8. If there are still documents in the queue, restart the computer.

My wife also pressed and held down the power button on the printer. This worked to clear the print queue.