GnuCash on Windows XP

Charles Day cedayiv at
Mon Sep 29 19:50:50 EDT 2008

On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 2:46 PM, Richard Ling <richard at
> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am trying to work out if Gnucash is right for me.
> I am treasurer of a small club and just need to track cash, a couple of
> bank accounts and some assets.  We have no employees or customers.
> I downloaded GnuCash 2.2.6 for Windows and imported some QIF files, but I'm
> having a few problems, just wanted to ask if anyone knows these problems
> and whether they are caused by my machine being misconfigured in some way,
> and if there are some simple workarounds.  Then I can really evaluate
> GnuCash properly.  I'm using a 2.4 GHz dual core P4, 512 MB RAM, WinXP.
> The specific problems are:
> - Gnucash takes around 20-30 seconds to start up - can some modules I don't
> need be disabled?
> - Scrolling a short list of transactions is jerky with lots of tearing of
> the display
> - The display is often not refreshed properly during/after scrolling
> leaving large blank areas in the transaction list
> - How to export all data in a textual form (eg. XML)?

Make sure you evaluate version 2.2.7 instead, as several important bugs have
been fixed for Windows users. As for the redraw/scrolling issues, I am no
authority on this but I believe these are issues within libraries that
GnuCash depends on. In other words, the bug may not be in GnuCash itself but
in code that we depend on. So we may not be able to do much about it at

> Eventually the club wants to use an old laptop (300 MHz Celeron A) for the
> accounts, so it can travel with the treasurer and can be taken to meetings.
>  So, performance on old hardware would be an advantage.
> Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
> Cheers
> richard


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