Slow response to printscreen

  • Anonymous - 2011-01-10

    Hi ,
    I am using Greenshot version 0.8.0 Build 0627.  Running on Windows XP Pro SP3 (32 bit), PC Intel Xeon, W3580 @3.33HHz, 3.6GB RAM. I am using three 19 inch HP displays @ 1280x1024 each.  (NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295).

    My problem is that the Greenshot takes 6-7 seconds to respond after pressing the printScreen button for the region select cursor to appear. Not a big issue, but if this can be resolved or any workarounds available, Much appreciated.


  • Andrey Simonov

    Andrey Simonov - 2013-01-21


    I have the same problem with Greenshot 0.8.0 build 0627. My system is similar. Win XP Pro SP3 32bit, Dell Precision T5500: Intel Xeon E5603, 4 Gb RAM, 3 x 19" displays on 2 x nVidia Quadro NVS 295.

    I've got a 6-7 second delay after making the actual screen print. The problem seemed to have resolved itself at some point (probably after I updated my display drivers), but I had to roll the drivers back (to 190.38) because of other issues.

    I'm thinking of using another tool, because Greenshot because almost unusable.

    If you have any workaround please let me know, Greenshot has been great for the last year I've used it. I will get the latest GH version in the meantime.

    Thank you.

    Last edit: Andrey Simonov 2013-01-21
  • Robin Krom

    Robin Krom - 2013-01-21


    We release Greenshot 1.0 months ago, please try this and let us know if this fixes your problem.

    Best wishes,

  • Andrey Simonov

    Andrey Simonov - 2013-01-22

    Hi Robin,

    Installing 1.0.6 build 2228 did not solve the problem. Still have 7 second delay after pressing Print Screen. Alt-printscreen seems to have no delay now however.


    Last edit: Andrey Simonov 2013-01-22
  • mochos

    mochos - 2013-01-29

    Hi all,

    I had the exact same problem on my Win XP Pro SP3 computer - just that it was about 3.5 seconds rather than 6-7. In my case updating the video adapter driver did the job (nVidia Quadro NVS 295). Now Greenshot responds instantly to a PrintScreen press.

    Possibly valuable info for developers:
    After pressing PrintScreen I have checked my Greenshot's activity (before updating the driver) with Process Monitor (part of Sysinternals) and it showed that there was a 3.5 sec delay between actions "Thread Exit" and "Open Query". Hope this info is of any value as far as debugging is concerned.


  • Andrey Simonov

    Andrey Simonov - 2013-01-31

    Unfortunately, I cannot install the latest nVidia drivers, because they are rather buggy: windows start jumping from one screen to another.

    The delay is 5 seconds, computer freezes for that time.

    I am happy any possible help with debugging - WebEx, etc.

    Last edit: Andrey Simonov 2013-01-31
  • Robin Krom

    Robin Krom - 2013-01-31

    Hi Andrey,
    Can you test with 1.1, if I want to help you I'll need to know if the problem still happens. Also I need to know if the problem still happens if you do a window capture with the window capture mode set to "as displayed", so I can rule put some parts of the capture code.

    You can find the latest 1.1, this is still in development, under

    Let me know how it works!

    Best wishes,

  • Andrey Simonov

    Andrey Simonov - 2013-02-04

    Hi Robin,

    I've tried with, it's the same thing: delay occurs only on Capture Region, just after clicking Print Screen. Capture Window seems to be OK.

    "As displayed" setting did not change anything.

    Also please note that latest nVidia drivers fixed it last time, but I cannot use them because they are buggy.

  • Andrey Simonov

    Andrey Simonov - 2013-02-19

    Hi Robin,

    Any updates on that?

    I've opened a ticket with nVidia so they could fix another bug in their drivers, so I could migrate to the new ones, since Greenshot works well then.

    I actually was trying other tools, like ZScreen and SnagIt, but they all are rubbish compared to how simple and effective Greenshot is...

    Thank you.

  • JoernH

    JoernH - 2013-02-20

    I fixed this problem by installing the latest nVidia drivers


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