Shades Bug Report

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Minimum Brightness on Dual Displays

  • Type: Crash
  • Version Tested: 1.2b2 (Intel)
  • OS Version Affected: Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
  • Status: Closed


I have a 20" iMac and a Dell 2407FP external monitor, and I use them both in extended desktop mode, with the Dell as my primary screen. Both screens appear fine in the preferences pane, and every control works great for their respective screen, except Min Brightness. The iMac's Min Brightness slider works fine, but the Dell's slider is applied to both screens (note: I'm using keyboard shortcuts to change the brightness, not the free-floating sliders or the menu bar icons).
Now if I set the Dell's Min Brightness to 100% and try dimming the brightness, I get the error message "An exception of class StackOverflowException was not handled. The application must shut down," and Shades quits.
Also, if I choose no Menu Control or Slider Control for the Dell, if I repeat the step above and try to dim the brightness, the Dell monitor goes completely dark and the Emergency Brightness Restore keyboard shortcut does nothing. If I'm lucky enough to have System Preferences on my iMac screen and still visible, I can click the button to stop running Shades. But then System Preferences prompts "Shades has failed to quit and is not responding. If you wish to force Shades to quit, choose Continue."

On a less drastic note, whenever I press the keyboard shortcut for "Darker", the menu for Shades's adjacent menu bar icon pops up next to my mouse, as if I'd gone up to the menu bar, clicked the icon, and brought it's menu back down with me to the middle of the screen. This is a third-party app, iKey, and this problem doesn't seem to be happening with any Mac-native menu bar icons, so it must be partly their fault as well...

Submitted by John at 05:07am on 19 Jan 2008


I have a similar issue. My monitor, an LG Flatron W1952TQ and my MacMini worked fine until today. I guess my software automatically updated myself... I was asked if I wanted to restart as soon as I got up this morning. Trying to use the slider now while I am at Maximum Brightness gives me the same described error: "An exception of class StackOverflowException was not handled. The application must shut down." Until this event, Shades worked beautifully. Every hot key, every slider or menu control performed like a dream. Now it fails to work.

Posted at 9:15pm on 16 Feb 2010

Try deleting your Shades preferences file, which is located in your user folder under library/preferences/com.charcoaldesign.shades.plist

Posted by Nick at 9:47pm on 16 Feb 2010

The issue is closed, the problem has been solved. Sorry for the delay. Thanks again.

Posted at 10:54pm on 28 Feb 2010


Posted by MacbookandCheese at 04:20am on 09 Apr 2016

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