Report freezes up when report data is changed

I'm operating Visual Studio .net 2003 with Windows XP.

When I make any type of change in the data tab section of a report the programs locks up or freezes up when I run it will in that tab or when I try to advance to the Preview or Layout Tab. This has been going on for about two months. Two months ago I could make changes to the same reports with no problems.

 I have sent my .rdl to a coworker and he opens it up and can make changes and runs the report fine.

 I have reinstalled the visual studio 2 times. And still the same issue.

I did uninstall the program before I reinstalled however the new install still had some of my preferences so I'm not sure if it was ever completely uninstalled.

It is not all reports and if I don't make any changes in the Data tab section the report runs fine.

Please any help or suggestions.


edited 112/02/2008

I uninstalled and reinstalled a thrid time and still the same reports hang up when a change is detected in the data tab section. Even if you so added something and the delete what you added before you do anything, so you really didn't change anything, run it or select the layout or preview tab and it freezes up for an hour.


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It seems that the IDE hangs when we change it from Visual Studio 2003.

Please install Visual Studio 2003 SP1 from

If we disable Add-ns (“Tools” | “Add-in Manager”) and run “devenv.exe /safemode”, do we still have the problem? This can eliminate the possibility that third party Add-ins are causing problems.

We also can create a simple test project with Report to see if it works.

We also can try to use Visual Studio debugger to troubleshoot hang conditions in the Visual Studio .NET IDE to get the root cause of Visual Studio hang. For more information, see How to debug error messages and hang conditions in the Visual Studio .NET IDE (


I look forward to hearing from you.

Thomas Sun
Microsoft Online Community Support

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12/4/2008 6:48:16 AM

Thank you Thomas for your reply.

 I already had the update installed but did it again for good measure.

I have nothing in my Add-in Manager to disable. I selected view> then other windows> then Command window. I inserted the code as above devenv.exe/safemode in front of the ">" and I got  Command "devenv.exe" is not valid. I'm not familiar with the command window and this is the first time I have seen it or tried to use it.

I tried the debugger but not sure if I did it right. I opened the 2 VS sessions and did as the instructions asked. I ran the report. Nothing happened for about an hour like ( The report does that), Finally when the report unfoze, or finished running the degguer thrown up a pop-up error. it said :

A first chance exception of type 'System.Xml.Schema.XmlSchemaException' occurred in system.xml.dll

Additional information: System Error

I had 3 choices to select - Break, Continue, or help. I selected Help and it said I did not have the right documentation loaded to help. I selected continue for about twenty times (It came up with the same pop up error as above) till I accidently hit break. After I hit break A window in the bottom populated with the following:

> system.xml.dll!System.Xml.Schema.CompiledContentModel.CheckContent + 0x5d2 bytes 
  system.xml.dll!System.Xml.Schema.Validator.ValidateElementContent + 0x94 bytes 
  system.xml.dll!System.Xml.Schema.Validator.Validate + 0x18e bytes 
  system.xml.dll!System.Xml.Schema.Validator.Validate + 0x23 bytes 
  system.xml.dll!System.Xml.XmlValidatingReader.ReadWithCollectTextToken + 0x1ff bytes 
  system.xml.dll!System.Xml.XmlValidatingReader.Read + 0x1b bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x93 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0xd78 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x656 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x30 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x8e bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0xb3 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x135 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0xce bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x29b bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x130 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x76d bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x30 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x2b6 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0xb01 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x177 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll! + 0x96 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll!Microsoft.ReportingServices.ReportProcessing.ReportProcessing.a + 0x50 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.processing.dll!Microsoft.ReportingServices.ReportProcessing.ReportProcessing.CreateIntermediateFormat + 0x8e bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.reportpreview.dll!Microsoft.ReportingServices.ReportPreview.ReportCompiler.CompileReport + 0xd8 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.designer.dll!Microsoft.ReportDesigner.Project.ReportProjectPreviewStore.GetCompiledReport + 0x14e bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.reportpreview.dll!Microsoft.ReportingServices.ReportPreview.PreviewService.GetPublishingResult + 0x28 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.reportpreview.dll!Microsoft.ReportingServices.ReportPreview.LocalReport.CreateCompiledReport + 0x8a bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.reportpreview.dll!Microsoft.ReportingServices.ReportPreview.WinReportServiceViewer.WinReportControl_ReloadReport + 0xe4 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.reportpreview.dll!Microsoft.ReportingServices.ReportPreview.WinReportServiceViewer.ReportPreview + 0x347 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.designer.dll!Microsoft.ReportDesigner.Design.PreviewFrame.RefreshPreview + 0x1e4 bytes 
  microsoft.reportingservices.designer.dll!Microsoft.ReportDesigner.Design.RootDesigner.OnActiveViewChanged + 0x4f bytes 
  microsoft.datawarehouse.dll!Microsoft.DataWarehouse.Design.EditorWindow.OnActiveViewChanged + 0x1b bytes 
  microsoft.datawarehouse.dll!Microsoft.DataWarehouse.Design.EditorWindow.outlookBar_SelectionChanged + 0x29 bytes 
  microsoft.datawarehouse.dll!Microsoft.DataWarehouse.Controls.OutlookBar.OnSelectionChanged + 0x1b bytes 
  microsoft.datawarehouse.dll!Microsoft.DataWarehouse.Controls.OutlookBar.set_SelectedIndex + 0xd2 bytes 
  microsoft.datawarehouse.dll!Microsoft.DataWarehouse.Controls.OutlookBar.toolBar_OnButtonClick + 0x2b bytes!System.Windows.Forms.ToolBar.OnButtonClick + 0x16 bytes 
  microsoft.datawarehouse.dll!Microsoft.DataWarehouse.Controls.VsStyleToolBar.OnButtonClick + 0x7e bytes!System.Windows.Forms.ToolBar.WmReflectCommand + 0x49 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.ToolBar.WndProc + 0x2f bytes 
  microsoft.datawarehouse.dll!Microsoft.DataWarehouse.Controls.VsStyleToolBar.WndProc + 0x198 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage + 0xb bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc + 0xbc bytes!System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback + 0x30 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.SendMessage + 0x42 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.ReflectMessageInternal + 0x2a bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmCommand + 0x5c bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc + 0x205 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl.WndProc + 0x36 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage + 0xb bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc + 0xbc bytes!System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback + 0x30 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.DefWndProc + 0xde bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.DefWndProc + 0xb bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp + 0x75 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc + 0x468 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.ToolBar.WndProc + 0x121 bytes 
  microsoft.datawarehouse.dll!Microsoft.DataWarehouse.Controls.VsStyleToolBar.WndProc + 0x198 bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage + 0xb bytes!System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc + 0xbc bytes!System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback + 0x30 bytes 

 I'm not sure what any of that means. Hopefully you will (If it means anything).

As far as the samle test project with a test report. I have about 60 reports. Out of those 54 run fine. No performance or freezing issues. I have found 6 that freeze up. I have printed the SQL text and compared tables, fields, number of unions, number of tables, the datasets, the data sources, and on and on. I can not find a single common thread between them. The thing about this is they all ran without error a couple of months ago. I have been "dealing" with the frustration since then. Lucky for me I haven't had to do many changes, or addjustments to the SQl statement, untill know.

Please let me know what I'm doing wrong with the safemode and the debugger. I feel I have looked at everything and then someone such as yourself offers HOPE in the way of a suggestion. Thank you.

12/4/2008 5:56:10 PM


Thanks for your response.

We can run these command lines from Visual Studio .Net Command Prompt (Start->Programs->Visual Studio .Net 2003->Visual Studio .Net Tools->Visual Studio .NET 2003 Command Prompt).

The /safemode is used to launch Visual Studio in safe mode, loading only the default environment and services.




Thomas Sun
Microsoft Online Community Support

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12/5/2008 3:07:03 AM

I can't follow your senetence. I go to start-> I go to programs-> I go to VS 2003 - it then starts the VS 2003 program -> I go to tools - for me in tools there is debug process, Connect to database, add/remove toolbox item, add-in manager, macros, external tools, customize, options- there is nothing in any of those that resembles a command prompt. if I went to View instead of Tools -> Other Windows-> Command Window-> i type in /safemode I get command was not specified.

 I did find in a forum -"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /safemode - I ran that from ->Start->Run

It open VS 2003. I tried to open a project and I got an error:

Package 'ReportDesignerPackage' has failed to load properly ( GUID = {11B8C903-8FFD-4DFC-87CE-F6A82D77AF6B} ). Please contact package vendor for assistance. Would you like to disable loading this package in the future? You may use devenv / resetskippkgs to re-enable package loading. Apllication restart is recommended, due to possible enviroment corruption.

I selected NO, and when I did I get another error :

The applicication for project 'C:\ Documents and Setting\ user\My Documents\Visual Studio Projects\Accounting\Acoounting.rptproj' is not installed.

Make sure the application for the project type (.rptproj) is installed

With the system like this I could not find any of the reports. It was like they where not there. I would select a project and in the soltion explorer window there was 0 Projects for the Accounting Solution

I then ran from the run command "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /resetskippkgs to get my projects to load. 

I banged my head, keyboard, mouse and chair yeasterday and that didn't work either. ;-(

I tried to figure out how this debugger works but found MSDN tutorials to be as frustrating as the problem itself.

Can you or anyone reading this suggest an online tutorial that explains how to use the debugger for VS 2003 in novice terms.

12/5/2008 1:25:38 PM

I uninstalled SQL 2000 Reporting Services and then reinstalled it. Ran a report. One of the 6,  I was having issues with. It ran like they did months ago fast, quick, and no problems.

I installed SP1 and ran the same report. It froze up my system. If I changed anything in the data tab and hit the layout tab or the preview tab it runs and runs for about an hour and spikes my computer CPU's to the point I cannot run any other program. I have to end the process or wait till it gets done. Again if I don't change anything in the data tab or don't alter it in anyway I can go to preview or layout with out any issues. It's a little slower then it should be. The problem is when I change, add, or alter the SQL in the data tab.

I then installed SP2 and it didn't do anygood or anyhurt, as far as I can tell. Same report taking an hour to run while robbing my computer of resources.

I do need at least SP1. It gives me the abilty to link to images from the web and have them show up in my reports.

What now?


12/5/2008 11:10:10 PM


It seems that Package 'ReportDesignerPackage' is corruption.

Did we install any pre-RTM version of Visual Studio .Net? If so, we can try to remove it clearly (

We also need to make sure services for report are running. For more information, see



Thomas Sun
Microsoft Online Community Support

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12/8/2008 2:22:36 AM


I went to . I don't have any previous version of VS or Report Services. We had SQL 2000 and VS NET 2003 from the start. We have not upgraded yet. I did run the program, the VS removal tool, however it stated there was nothing to install. Probably because the tool was looking for VS 2005.

I went to I went to start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services and both, Cryptographic Services and Protected Storage services, are running.

I'm having a hard time following alot of the suggestions because I'm not schooled in this stuff. I came from sales and given the job of creating detailed report for sales using this method.

What about the my post before this where the problem / issue / bug is brought on by the Service Packs, or a least SP1 of reporting services?


12/8/2008 1:59:38 PM

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