Subscriber and friend Ron Spruell wrote about a problem he had with the new OpenOffice 3.0. The problem occurred with one of the free antivirus programs, so this may be of particular interest to many readers:
OpenOffice 3.0 Problems: Terry — I tried Oo 3.O. I did not uninstall 2.4 first. Oo 3.O increased my CPU usage to 80% to 100%. My computer would barely run. I had to uninstall and go back to 2.4. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Would a clean install solve my problems. BTW, I love Oo. I find Writer much easier that MSWord. Calc
has a few short comings. I use Impress for all presentations. I never did learn how to use Power Point. Ron Spruell
I wrote back to Ron to tell him that I had not heard or read about any problem before seeing his email. I asked if he used Process Explorer or Task Manager to see which application was bouncing to 100%. I had my av bounce to 95% during the install, which is why I disabled it for the install. When I re-enabled it, I had no problems.
I uninstalled 2.4 first, before installing OpenOffice 3.0 — I’m not sure why, but I did — and all was well.
It turns out the problem was installing Oo 3.0 with the AVG free Resident Shield running. Oo installed OK, but soffice.exe would use 95-98% of the CPU as measured by Process Explorer.
So here are the steps I went through:
Installed Oo 3.0 without uninstalling Oo 2.4. soffice.exe, 95-98% of processor.
Uninstalled Oo 3.0 and installed Oo 2.4
Ran OK (normal)
Uninstalled Oo 2.4
Installed Oo 3.0. soffice.exe 95-98% of processor.
Uninstalled Oo 3.0.
Turned off the Resident Shield in AVG 8.0 free
Installed Oo 3.0, ran normal.
Activated Resident Shield.
Oo 3.0 still runs normal.
What a pain! Thanks for the help.
That’s an interesting development with OpenOffice 3 — I had issues during the install, while Ron had issues after his install was completed. Both were solved by turning off the antivirus during the installation. This isn’t really a good thing to do, though.