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Visual Studio 2005 crashes when debugging an application
Date: 1/8/2013
Tags: vs2005 crash
I've just spent the better part of a day trying to troubleshoot this crash, so I'm going to post this here so that Google indexes it for the next poor soul that stubs their toe on it. Firstly I'll just outline the possibly relevant pre-conditions for this problem:
  • Windows 7 64bit
  • Visual Studio 2005 sp1 (with Vista update)
  • Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA) previously installed, but currently not installed.
What happens is that after uninstalling SUA I could no longer debug any application in VS2005. The IDE would simply crash as soon as debugging started. The event log would contain the follow entry:
Faulting application name: devenv.exe, version: 8.0.50727.867, time stamp: 0x45d2c842
Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 6.1.7601.18015, time stamp: 0x50b83c8a
Exception code: 0xe0434f4d
Fault offset: 0x0000c41f
Faulting process id: 0x22e0
Faulting application start time: 0x01ce8e70ca7eef80
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\syswow64\KERNELBASE.dll
Report Id: 0fb5f65e-fa64-11e2-8627-e05815f5174c
No one seemed to have the same issue as me. I tried lots of different things. Anyway I eventually stumbled on the problem by mere blind luck. In the add-in manager for VS2005 there was a "VSAddin" plugin that describes itself as an Extension to the VS debugger to support debugging UNIX based applications. And since I had recently uninstalled SUA to fix an unrelated issue I immediately twigged that this add-in was probably causing the crash. So I disabled it and restarted the IDE.

Now it doesn't crash. *sigh*
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Have you ever needed to know what type of memory stick you have?
Date: 11/7/2013
Tags: hack
Well Wikipedia has a nice SVG file that will tell you. Hold the piece of ram up to the screen and it will match one of the outlines perfectly (if your screen DPI is correct).

I had a piece of DDR2 it turns out.

I'm sorry, but that's just cool.
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LED Ring Working Prototype
Date: 2/3/2013
Tags: mc1 axefx led-ring
Here is my LED ring from the previous post working in real hardware:

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Date: 24/1/2013
Tags: axefx mc1 led
I've been working towards my own RGB LED ring PCB:

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Intel HD4000 has no DVI output
Date: 14/1/2013
Tags: HD4000 dvi
Symptoms: Windows 7 boots up, shows the splash and then the monitor goes to sleep.

Problem: The DVI display is not detected, however there is output available on the HDMI port.

Solution: Unplug and re-plug the DVI port.

(omg indeed)
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Python's .py Windows Association
Date: 11/10/2012
Tags: python
Posting for future reference:
Windows is not passing command line arguments to Python programs executed from the shell.

This solved my problem with passing arguments to python scripts without invoking the python binary first.
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