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Posted - 24 Oct 2003 :  12:08:43  Show Profile  Email Poster
None of the remote tools works when connecting to either the AGX or the GMaster.

If connected to the AGX, any attempts to use the remote tools bring up the following messages: Cannot load device specific files associated with this tool.

If connected to the GMaster, remote tool windows will open but they hang.

Please help. Thanks.


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Posted - 24 Oct 2003 :  13:42:07  Show Profile  Email Poster

Use eVC 4.0 SP2 Only with CE.NET 4.2

This tools problem is due to a Service Pack error from Microsoft. eVC SP2 is known to break the remote tools linkage.

Here is an except from a newsgroup post in which a Microsoft representative explained the error and the fix:

From: Ritchie Hughes [MS] (
Subject: RE: eVC++ SP2 breaks remote tools
Date: 2003-08-18 16:22:56 PST

There are two issues here, both of which are known problems.

First, the links to the Remote Tools are updated when SP2 is installed so
that they point to the wce420 versions. However, 4.0 and 4.1
devices/emulators require earlier versions of the tools. The earlier
versions of the tools have the same filenames but are located in the parent

+ Program Files\
+ Common Files\
+ Microsoft Shared\
+ Windows CE Tools\
+ Platman\
+ bin\ <-- 4.0/4.1 versions here
+ wce420\ <-- 4.2 versions here

To fix this issue, update or create new shortcuts on the Tools menu via
"Tools > Customize... > Tools".

A second problem occurs if you have installed SP2 on top of eVC4 without
first installing SP1. In this scenario the tools in "bin" are the versions
from Platform Manager 4.0. The SP1 installer upgrades these to 4.1 (which
is compatible with 4.0 devices) and but the SP2 installs the 4.2 tools
side-by-side (because they are not compatible with 4.0/4.1).

To fix this scenario I recommend that you uninstall SP2 and then install
SP1 and SP2 in order.

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Posted - 15 Dec 2003 :  15:36:11  Show Profile  Email Poster
I've updated our CE.NET tools download page (topic 374) with the order of Service Pack installations to further clarify this issue.
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