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Images from Pocket PC to Desktop: An unhandled exception of type 'System.Runtime.InteropServices.ExternalException' occurred in system.drawing.dll

Posted on 2006-05-19
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Last Modified: 2013-11-18
I have a question. So far I can send text messages back and forth from my PDA (pocket PC 2003) to a remote pc. However, when it comes to images it fails. I am using sockets to enable connecting via IP addresses to perform this function. When I send an image, I get the following exception on the server side (remote pc).

An unhandled exception of type 'System.Runtime.InteropServices.ExternalException' occurred in system.drawing.dll
Additional information: A generic error occurred in GDI+.

Below is my code:

On client side (PDA), I have:
//send the picture if user clicked send
private void cmdSend_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
                byte[] imgData = ConvertImageToByteArray();
                int size = imgData.Length;
                int totalSent =0, sent;
                int leftData = size;
                byte[] datasize = new byte[4];
                datasize = BitConverter.GetBytes(size);
                // sends size of image
                // sends image data
                while (totalSent<size)
                    sent = m_socClient.Send(imgData, totalSent, leftData, SocketFlags.None);
                    totalSent += sent;
                    leftData -= sent;
            catch(SocketException se)
                MessageBox.Show (se.Message );

// converts image to byte array
        private byte[] ConvertImageToByteArray()
            String filename = "\\My Documents\\testimg.bmp";
            Bitmap b = new Bitmap(filename);
            Stream ms1 = File.OpenRead(filename);
            byte[] Ret = new byte[(int)ms1.Length];
                    ms1.Read(Ret, 0, (int)ms1.Length);
            return Ret;

On the server side, I do this:
        public void RecieveVarData(Socket skt)
            int recv;
            int totaldata = 0;

            //get the predefined datasize
            byte[] datasize = new byte[4];
            // get the sent image data size
            skt.Receive(datasize, 0, 4, SocketFlags.None);
            int size = BitConverter.ToInt32(datasize, 0);
            int leftdata = size;
            byte[] buffer = new byte[size];
             // get image data and put in buffer
            while (totaldata<size)
                recv = skt.Receive(buffer, totaldata, leftdata, SocketFlags.None);
                if (recv == 0)
                    buffer = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes("exit");
                totaldata += recv;
                leftdata -= recv;

            //write image buffer to stream ms, and get image from stream. flush and close stream when done
            MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream(buffer, true);
            ms.Write(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);
            imageBox.Image = Image.FromStream(ms);

Debugger points to this statement as raising the exception:
imageBox.Image = Image.FromStream(ms);

Question by:fin_comp
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Expert Comment

ID: 16732792
You cant close the MemoryStream, you have to keep the same open.

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Author Comment

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I removed the following lines, still no luck. Please help!!!

Accepted Solution

checoo earned 2000 total points
ID: 16761145
In the server code you have the line "buffer = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes("exit");"

are you appending a delimiter "exit" at the end of the image stream on the client ?? If so then the same should be stripped on the server before you can build the image back.

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