Scott Hanselman

CRASH WARNING: SnapStream Beyond TV doesn't work at ALL with .NET Framework 2.0 BETA, fix here.

June 30, 2004 Comment on this post [5] Posted in XML
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Today's warning to the PVR user, SnapStream's Beyond TV doesn't work at ALL with .NET Framework 2.0 BETA.  It's a 1.1 app, and .NET 2.0 is automatically being used when it loads and it crashes stupendously.  Since I have .NET 1.1 on my box, I'm surprised it automatically used the newer Framework.  I need to refresh myself on the rules.

To fix it, add files

  • WTLPVSApp.exe.config
  • PVSGuideUpdaterService.exe.config
  • PVSLogService.exe.config
  • SSBatchProcessorService.exe.config

and to each add these lines:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <supportedRuntime version="v1.1.4322" />

NOTE: This fix (with the appropriate my.exe.config) will likely fix other apps that may start acting strange after you install Visual Studio.NET Express or the Community Edition.

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June 30, 2004 17:47
As both a developer and a Beyond TV user, this is good info. Thanks!
June 30, 2004 19:22
Hmm. Not a good sign on the backward compatibility front.
June 30, 2004 19:36
In their defense, they (BeyondTV) are doing some crazy stuff with COM Interop and it's a very hybrid app.

Although, why didn't it just use 1.1? It's on my machine, it's a 1.1 app, it says 1.1 in the registry keys (COM Interop).

I used Process Explorer to see that it was running (and crashing) with 2.0 - so am I forgetting some basic rule of .NET and framework versioning?
July 01, 2004 7:31
Makes me think we should all start adding the supportedRuntime element to all of our app.config files. If we get into the habit now, we will have less problems let methinks.
July 02, 2004 12:58
hey.. wasn't there something about NOT installing BETA software on production systems.. hahaahah ;) I'm gonna dump mine into a VM

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