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InvalidActiveXStateException accessing OCX

Posted on 2003-10-26
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I'm trying to use an OCX in a C# Windows Form for the first time.  My problem is that I’m getting an InvalidActiveXStateException.

The OCX is one I wrote a couple years ago in C++.  I'm learning C#.

I used the IDE to import the OCX (adding it to the ToolBox and dropping it on a form).
The Object Browser shows the methods correctly.  That says to me that I imported the OCX successfully.

In the code snippet, I use ellipsis (…) for code that’s irrelvant to this question.

public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
{
… (ellipsis)
private AxACQUIRELib.AxAcquire axAcquire1;      // this is the OCX wrapper
… (ellipsis)
public Form1()
{
   InitializeComponent();
   this.axAcquire1 = new AxACQUIRELib.AxAcquire();  // Instantiate the wrapper
   this.axAcquire1.Acquire(… (ellipsis));            // Constructor exported by OCX
… (ellipsis)
The constructor call gets the InvalidActiveXStateException.

Two questions:
1.      What am I doing wrong?
2.      Any good references (books or web pages) ?

Thank you.



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Obviously, this is a reasonable place to start...
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/cpref/html/frlrfsystemwindowsformsaxhostinvalidactivexstateexceptionmemberstopic.asp

Have you printed out the specific message you are getting like so?

catch (InvalidActiveXStateException ex)
{
   MessageBox.Show("Invalid ActiveX State Exception",ex.Message);
}

Once you see the message, it might give you a clue as to what specifically is going wrong. Then again, it might not. Good luck in any case.

If all you get is:"Run-time exception thrown : InvalidActiveXStateException - Exception of type InvalidActiveXStateException was thrown." then that's probably not terribly helpful.

This is a bit of text I lifted that might be useful:
"The public properties and methods of an ActiveX control can only be referenced after the ActiveX control has been instantiated and initialized completely; otherwise the AxHost.InvalidActiveXStateException exception is thrown. The AxHost.InvalidActiveXStateException exception class contains the name of the member that made the reference and the member type."

I'm afraid that's all I can contribute to this subject. Good luck!!

-Kelly
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