In this case, Softimage 2010SP1 stopped rendering one day (but strangely, 7.5 and 2011 still worked). If you drew a render region, nothing would happen for a long time, and then you would get this error:
' ERROR : DISP 0.4 error 211005: timeout waiting for finished rectangles
If you tried to render a frame to file, you’d get the same error, and a truncated image file that couldn’t be read. The mental ray diagnostics looked like this:
' INFO : JOB 0.8 progr: 99.4% rendered on Example.8 ' INFO : JOB 0.9 progr: 99.7% rendered on Example.9 ' INFO : JOB 0.14 progr: 100.0% rendered on Example.14 ' ERROR : DISP 0.4 error 211005: timeout waiting for finished rectangles ' INFO : RC 0.4 info : rendering statistics ' INFO : RC 0.4 info : type number per eye ray ' INFO : RC 0.4 info : eye rays 32900 1.00 ' INFO : PHEN 0.4 progr: calling output shaders ' INFO : PHEN 0.4 progr: Writing image file 'C:\Softimage\Softimage_2010_SP1\Data\XSI_SAMPLES\Render_Pictures\Default_Pass_Main.1.pic' (Channel 'Main'). ' ERROR : DISP 0.4 error 211005: timeout waiting for finished rectangles ' INFO : RC 0.4 progr: rendering finished ' INFO : RC 0.4 info : wallclock 0:03:59.65 for rendering ' INFO : RC 0.4 info : allocated 17 MB, max resident 18 MB ' INFO : GAPM 0.4 info : triangle count (including retessellation) : 112 ' ERROR : 21000-REND-RenderPasses - Unspecified failure RenderPasses "Passes.Default_Pass", 1, 1, 1, siRenderVerbosityDefault Command failed, returned -2147467259
Softimage would stop responding shortly afterwards.
Eventually we tracked this down to a conflict with the OGRE Exporter.
We removed the exporter, and Softimage 2010 SP1 was able to render again. We then reinstalled the OGRE addon, and Softimage 2010 SP1 still rendered.
I suspected some sort of application conflict all along, but it took awhile to find the root cause of the problem.