Problem Running Pidgin

David McCarley Opv at
Mon Apr 20 17:47:18 EDT 2009

Until recently, I have run Pidgin (and GAIM prior to the name change) with
absolutely no problems.  Last night I got the wild hair to install the
microblog purple plugin so that I could access my Twitter account via
Pidgin.  Everything went fine until I later last night when I got ready to
shut down, I received an error when I attempted to shut down Pidgin.  I
didn't think too much about it at the time, as I had every intention this
morning of uninstalling the microblog purple plugin.  Unfortunately, as a
result, I didn't think to make a note of the error.  (I am running Windows
XP with Service Pack 3, and all the latest updates and fixes, installed.)

This morning when I cranked up my computer and attempted to load Pidgin, I
received the following two error messages:

"Gdk error **:_gdk_visual_init: unsupported BITSPIXEL: 0 Aborting"

and then,

"Runtime Error!"
"Program C:\Program Files\Pidgin\Pidgin.exe"
"This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual
way.  Please contact the application's support team for more information."

Upon receiving these messages, I uninstalled Pidgin and the microblog purple
plugin, downloaded the latest version (version 2.5.5) of Pidgin and
installed it, but I am still receiving the same two errors. I have tried
uninstalling and reinstalling three or four times, and I have run a Registry
cleaner in between each installation, but I continue to receive the above
two errors after I reinstall Pidgin.

What do I need to do to be able to run Pidgin again on my computer?



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