What i was trying to do was to display thumbnail of images in listing in admin side in one of the custom modules created by me, at that time i came across this error.

Fatal error: Call to a member function setColumn() on a non-object in D:\Program Files\wamp\www\magento\app\code\core\Mage\Adminhtml\Block\Widget\Grid\Column.php on line 291.

  • Some code samples might help.
    – Marius
    Jan 31, 2014 at 7:01
  • Then post the solution as an answer and accept it.
    – Marius
    Jan 31, 2014 at 7:10
  • Even if you solved the problem, clarify your questions and post the solution please.
    – benmarks
    Jan 31, 2014 at 14:29
  • Sorry for the inconvenience...Answer to this is to check the path to render class in _prepareColumns() function in Grid.php. For exmaple, In my case the path to the render class was wrong. Check the below code: $this->addColumn('img', array( 'header' => 'Image', 'align' => 'left', 'index' => 'img', 'width' => '70', 'renderer' => 'demo/adminhtml_grid_renderer_img' )); Here the renderer attribute holds the path to your render class, review it. IF the path is wrong at that time this type of error is shown.
    – devJsha
    Feb 3, 2014 at 5:35

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Open these file Grid php under app>code >core>Mage>Adminhtml>Block>Catalog >Productand in_prepareCollectionmethod add$collection->addAttributeToSelect('thumbnail');just before$this->setCollection($collection);`

add below code in method _prepareColumns

        'header'=> Mage::helper('catalog')->__('Thumbnail'),
        'width' => '50px',
        'index' => 'thumbnail',
        'frame_callback' => array($this, 'callback_image')

After that add below method somewhere in the same file

public function callback_image($value)
    $width = 70;
    $height = 70;
    return "<img src='".Mage::getBaseUrl('media').'catalog/product'.$value."' width=".$width." height=".$height."/>";

thats all cheers. please override these changes if you know how to do that or else these changes will be wiped out during upgrade.

  • by just adding the correct path for render class in 'renderer' attrbute in $this->addColumn() will solve this issue
    – devJsha
    Jan 31, 2014 at 9:58
  • 3
    Or, don't hack the core!
    – benmarks
    Jan 31, 2014 at 14:27

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