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Posted on 2004-04-15
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I have a combo box on a pocket pc form with the data source set to a DataTable and the ValueMember set to an ID field and the DisplayMember set to a Description field.

To get a blank entry at the top of the combo box I add a row to the beginning of the DataTable with an ID of 0 and a description of spaces.

Sometimes i need to select a specific value when loading the combo box so it displays the correct item on entry. I do this as follows:
this.combobox.SelectedValue = ID (where ID > 0)

If there are 2 or more rows in the DataTable (before i add a blank one) it works fine.
However, if there is only 1 row in the DataTable an unspecified exception is thrown.

Any idea why, or how this can be avoided???
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Question by:MartinLarge
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by:DaniPro
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You must verify that the number of the itemes is less then your id

if (combobox.Items.Count > ID)
      combobox.SelectedValue = ID;
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by:MartinLarge
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I have an Id with a value of 8 when there are only 3 rows in the table and it still works. It doesn't work if there is only 1 row in the original table.

What you suggested would be OK if using SelectedIndex but i'm using SelectedValue from a datasource.
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by:DaniPro
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You have right (it was SelectedIndex), then you must verify that exists an item with the ValueMember with your ID:

if (combobox.Items.Contains(ID))
     combobox.SelectedValue = ID;
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by:MartinLarge
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The Id does exist within the DataTable.

If the DataTable has 2 rows the combo box works fine and selects the correct id.
If i remove the row which does not match the id it crashes.

I think there is a problem with adding the blank datarow to the DataTable.
When i don't do this it works fine.
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