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LoadLibrary

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I am having some difficulty with the LoadLibrary function in the Windows
API.  When I try and load a dll (which I made) GetLastError returns 126 but the function DOES NOT return NULL.
The documentation identifies this error as RROR_MOD_NOT_FOUND.  I was
certain I was specifying the correct name.  So I considered maybe my DLL
was improper in some way.  So I tried to load another dll (one that I
randomly selected from the windows directory) and GetLastError return 31
OR_GEN_FAILURE.  If I attempt to link the import library for my DLL to
the exectuble then everything works great.  So I am pretty certain my
DLL works fine.  For my purposes I need to dynamically load my DLL
however and I havn't been able to get LoadLibrary to work on my DLL or
any other.  Does anybody have any ideas?

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Can you show the code you are using.  How are you specifying the path name of the module (the parameter to LoadLibrary)?  Is the DLL file in the current search path for DLL modules?
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There are several issues to consider when using LoadLibrary:1. The module (DLL) file must reside in a directory where it will be found. Check the documentation for LoadLibrary for information on where Windows looks for the file.2. Beware of name (file name) conflicts with other modules in the system.3. Don’t try to load a 16-bit DLL from a 32-bit program or the other way around.4. If possible, create the DLL using the same language/compiler as the main application. Otherwise you may have naming problems and incompatible library calls.5. If you create your DLL in C/C++ use the same RTL as the main application (single threaded or multi-threaded or mt DLL).6. If the DLL uses __declspec(thread) LoadLibrary will fail. You must use the TLS API instead.Hope this helps, if not try to create the simpleset possible application that just does LoadLibrary and see if it works. If not, post it here.

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