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    Error Messages again

    Hi all,

    Recently downloaded the new patches for V9 Platignum and RuntimeEngine and now each time I run V9 get greeted with the attached error.

    Any suggestions as to Why this should suddenly appear and how to avoid on a client's PC when distibuting Runtime applications

    Re: Error Messages again

    Try registering A5ContextEval.dll

    That should remove the error ...



      Re: Error Messages again


      I have now worked out the behaviour of this error message. We have the full A5v9 and Runtime engine on our PCs here in the office but we have registered the file for Windows to read the .dll from our distribution application path that we ship to our clients e.g. c:\Myappfolder\A5v9Runtime.

      If this folder exists on our system then upon loading, Alpha is looking for the registration in the above path there is no error message, but if we remove the above folder as we frequently do before creating a new Install package, then we do then see the error message appears during start up.

      Because we need to make registry entries when installing our Runtime packages, we do not use the built in Alpha installmaker so we have to ship our software with a .bat file to register the files using methods explained elsewhere on the message board.

      This is NOT satisfactory because our users have already been greeted with error messages before they can run the .bat file to register the following.


      I'm still looking for a way to automatically register these using a 3rd party installer (Astrum) without using a batch file after the horse has bolted!



        Re: Error Messages again


        I use a bootstrap adb to sstart my app the first time. It does several things in the autoexec. one of them is to register the offending files and prompt for the path to server. This particular operation captures where the exe is installed and does it's job. It also setup some other stuff, the overwrites itself by making the shadow. There is more, but not needed here. Understand, all my runtime and shadow are in one folder and there is another folder with the data(on a server or on the same computer).

        I hope this helps.

        Dave Mason
        [email protected]
        Skype is dave.mason46


          Re: Error Messages again

          Adding to Dave's comments, Astrum does allow you to register the the files. It is done in the Files to install area. Select file and then hit the advanced button.


            Re: Error Messages again


            I already use Astrum to install other registry entries, but I need to know how and where to register these other controls without using a batch file.

            What I really need to know is if the Alpha install builder somehow manages to register these controls so how do we achieve the same result as Alpha without using a .bat file?



              Re: Error Messages again

              They say a picture is worth 1000 words.

              This is how you register the needed files in Astrum.


                Re: Error Messages again


                Many thanks, this looks like the info that I need to create a clean install.



                  Re: Error Messages again

                  Hi All,

                  This may be of interest to others I found the following from a three year old post from Cal Locklin that explains some of the mysteries of the error messages and how to register .dlls with Astrum:-

                  It's very easy to tell Astrum to register the A5Controls.dll and A5ContextEval.dll. Just go to the Files to Install area, click on the files you want to register, click on Advanced, then check the "Shared Component" and "Register ActiveX..." boxes in the upper left corner. (Someone else showed me this many moons ago. Unfortunately, I don't recall who it was.)

                  IF YOU DO A TEST INSTALLATION ON YOUR OWN COMPUTER, remember that it registers the files being installed. One computer can only have one registered copy of a dll so this will effectively UNregister those dlls that are in your regular A5 program. This isn't a problem until you decide to delete your test installation because then the registered copy of the files won't exist anymore. However, the solution is simple. You could build a batch file if you wanted to but I simply run "regsvr32 D:\A5v7\a5Control.dll" and "regsvr32 D:\A5v7\a5ContextEval.dll" from the Windows 'Start/Run' command. (Obviously I don't use the default A5 install path and you will need to type in your own path to these files.) These commands are saved on the drop-down list so they are always just a couple clicks away. If I see these commands getting low on the list because of other commands that have been run, I simply run these commands again to bring them back to the top.