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I am facing a strange problem with my selenium webdriver qa automation project.

FindElementByXPath(element); seems to work fine when running it in my local machine but then does not work when i try to run the same code on test controller machine. Actually it runs fine when you see the tests running on the test controller machine and if you minimize the test controller window it fails the test.

The application uses telerik rad grids. I have implemented a code to right click on grid header. After right clicking on the grid header i am supposed to click on Reset Columns from the context menu. But in this case FindElementByXPath(resetElement); does not work. It works when you view it but does not work when minimize the mstsc window.

The error shown is Open.QA.Selenium.ElementNotVisibleException: Cannot click on element.

How do I solve this ??

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Maybe this question is related to your problem?: stackoverflow.com/questions/1418082/… –  xeranas Jan 3 '12 at 16:15
xeranas is right - it's the same problem. if you're using remote desktop, make sure the window is not minimized. don't login through remote desktop, use vnc instead. –  Jochen Jan 8 '12 at 21:40
Voting to close because there isn't enough data to diagnose the problem. –  user246 Dec 8 '12 at 15:11
@user246: What other information would be useful to diagnose the problem? –  dzieciou Dec 10 '12 at 6:53
@dzieciou Sorry, never mind. Should have read the question more carefully. –  user246 Dec 10 '12 at 14:38
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Have you tried the HtmlUnit Driver. I use this driver for the scheduled runs I find its must faster as it doesnt have the overhead of having to render the page and in my experience finds elements just fine.

As I said its great for test automation scheduled runs as long as your not doing manual visual checks or screenshots and have good catches in place for debugging which you should have anyway.

I use HtmlUnit driver for automated runs and switch to firefox etc. for writing, debugging etc.

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