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Trapping a windows dlg box.

Posted on 1998-11-19
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How do I trap a dlg box that windows displays through my application? For example, if say drive A: is not ready for access and I try to access it windows will display a system modal dlg box telling me there is no disk in the drive. Abort, Retry, Ignore. How do I trap this message, or any simlar dlg, and prevent it from getting displayed?

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LostOne,

"SetErrorMode(SEM_FAILCRITICALERRORS or SEM_NOOPENFILEERRORBOX);"

this is what I'm doing in each and every of my programs in the initialization. It prevents most of these windows system modal dialog boxes from being displayed.
Please reject my answer if it doesn't work...

Regards, Madshi.
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Where exactly do you put SetErrorMode(SEM_FAILCRITICALERRORS or SEM_NOOPENFILEERRORBOX)? I stuck it in the frmMain OnCreate event and it doesn't seem to work.

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LostOne,

I put it in the initialization part of a unit that I import into all my projects. But it should work in Form.Create, too. That means if you're calling your CopyFile or whatever functions after creating the form.
That brings me to another question. I thought you want to prevent windows from showing these boxes as a result to YOUR file operations. Is that what you want? Or do you want to trap these boxes SYSTEMWIDE?

Regards, Madshi.
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by:LostOne
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I'm doing a check to see if a drive is ready for access:

GetDir(0, OldDirectory);
  {$I-}
  ChDir(DriveLetter + ':\');
  {$I+}
  if IoResult <> 0 then
    Result := False
  else
    Result := True;
  ChDir(OldDirectory);

If I check drive A or a cd-rom drive that is not ready I get the system modal dlg box. I want to prevent that from happening. It looks like SetErrorMode should do what I want.. i'm not sure why it doesn't. I'm running NT 4.0 if that makes a difference.

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On my computer your code works perfectly even without SetErrorMode. But I'm using win95...
Please check the following code. It should work with winNT as well:

function DriveExists(drive: char) : boolean;
var i1  : cardinal;
    wfd : TWin32FindData;
begin
  result:=false;
  i1:=GetFileAttributes(pchar(string(drive+':')));
  if (integer(i1)=-1) or (FILE_ATTRIBUTE_DIRECTORY and i1=0) then exit;
  i1:=FindFirstFile(PChar(drive+':\*.*'),wfd);
  result:=(i1<>INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE) or (GetLastError in [2,18]);
  // 2 = Datei nicht gefunden / 18 = keine weiteren Dateien
  if i1<>INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE then windows.FindClose(i1);
end;

(P.S: If you're not using Delphi 4, you should replace "i1: cardinal" to "i1: integer", cause Delphi 3 (or lower) has no real cardinal type.)
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Yes, that works perfect under NT. Thanks!
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No problem...   :-)
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