VS2010 not responding solved with Resource Monitor

My Visual Studio 2010 randomly stopped responding. In my frustration I never looked further than the first tab of the Task Manager to end the task. Until I read a post about the Resource monitor in Windows. What is this magic tool and where does it live? Check the Performance tab of the Task Manager and find the Resource Monitor button.

Windows task manager with Resource Monitor button on the performance tabResource monitor with devenv not responding

The resource monitor showed the devenv process in red, which meant it was not responding. I already knew that but now I had the option to investigate further. The context menu contains “Analyze Wait Chain” which showed me the threads of the process and why they were not responding: “One or more threads of devenv.exe are waiting to finish network I/O.”. As you can see in the screenshot one thread (2892) is blocking almost every other thread. Would be nice to just kill that thread, but that is not possible. End process will (as the name would suggest) end the complete process and kill all threads.

Analyze wait chain showing One or more threads of devenv.exe are waiting to finish network I/O. Tunnelier showing error No wait loop detected

Now I knew where to look. Truns out Tunnelier was spitting out error messages about a No wait loop. Turns out someone else was getting the same error: Bug report. After I upgraded to Tunnelier 4.40 everything runs fine.

About erictummers

My work as a recruited developer changes almost every month. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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