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Sometimes I build first, and then use F5. At other times I just use F5. In both cases the build either completes (sometimes with errors) or the hang occurs. I have not seen it with a different project, but I am building this one quite frequently.
This is a stretch, but when I am having weird system problems I sometimes go to event viewer and look at Windows Logs --> System Logs. Disk errors and other ephemera may show up around the time you had the Visual Studio problems.
We have had Visual Studio crash on us. For most, we found that disabling the source control plugin and/or deleting the intellisense file helped.
You could try running VS in safe mode to see if the problem still happens (devenv.exe /SafeMode) or you could try looking at suppressed alert messages to see if that gives you any more information (devenv.exe /ResetSkipPkgs).
At one time the members of my development team would see a symptom like this when pressing F5 to debug. In our case, we had some security software that IT required us to install. I think it was called FireAMP or something like that. Since we saw the issue start right after that was deployed, we requested permission to disable it, and that seemed to solve the issue.
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Well, I ordered a Raspberry Pi 3B+ - I guess that makes me Pi-curious.
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