displaying array values on combobox selectedindexchanged event?

I have a combobox populated by an array datasource, and a label.

Me.ComboBox1.DataSource = myPrintersArray
Me.ComboBox1.DisplayMember = "DeviceID"
Me.ComboBox1.ValueMember = "DeviceID"

myPrintersArray holds the "DeviceID" and "Location" of several printers

On the selectedindexchanged event I would like to display the "Location" of the selected Printer.

Public Sub ComboBox1_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles ComboBox1.SelectedIndexChanged
      Me.Label1.Text =
End Sub

If I change .ValueMember to ="Location", this is easy enough. But can it be done without passing the Location into the Combobox itself? I ask because I may have to expand the array to include the "Name" of the printers. So .DisplayMember would be "Name", .ValueMember would be "DeviceID", and I could not specify "Location" anywhere in the Combobox.

Thanks!
jaw0807Asked:
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HillwaaaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi jaw0807,

I'd suggest putting your printer info into a HashTable, with key = "DeviceID" and value = "Location".  That way you can do the following:

Public Sub ComboBox1_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles ComboBox1.SelectedIndexChanged
      Me.Label1.Text = myPrintersHashtable.Item(ComboBox1.Text)
End Sub

Cheers,
Hillwaaa
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jaw0807Author Commented:
Thank you for the reply, Hillwaaa.

I haven't had much experience with hashtables and can't seem to get this to work. I'm creating the printer collection with a for each loop.

Here's the code snippets:

Public myPrintersHashTable As New HashTable
...
For Each queryObj As ManagementObject In searcher.Get()
     Dim deviceID = queryObj("DeviceID")
     Dim deviceLoc = queryObj("Location")              
     
     myPrintersHashTable.Add(deviceID, deviceLoc)
Next

Me.ComboBox1.DataSource = myPrintersHashTable
Me.ComboBox1.DisplayMember = ?
Me.ComboBox1.ValueMember = ?

I had done something similar with a collection (Public myPrinterCollection as New Collection), but opted for an array because if I have to add the third property, a collection wouldn't work. Hashtable will not work either if I have to add additional printer properties, I fear. This is why I originally used an array. If I need to add additional printer properties, I need multiple dimensions.
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HillwaaaCommented:
Hey - sorry, I meant for you to populate the hashtable exactly as you have done, but leave your array setup the same - if your combobox was working with the array, you could then use the hashtable as a quick lookup of the location for display in your text box.

You could also use multiple array dimensions, but this may cause problems for your combobox setup.
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SanclerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you make an array of the OBJECTS concerned, you can then bind the combo to the properties of those objects.  You can only use two of the properties - one for DisplayMember and one for ValueMember.  But if you need to locate a third property you should (I assume there will not be masses of entries in the array) be able just to iterate through the array to find the Object that you want with reference to one of the values you have.

Something like

Public myArray(whatever) As ManagementObject
...
Dim i AS Integer = 0
For Each queryObj As ManagementObject In searcher.Get()
     myArray(i) = queryObj
     i += 1
     myPrintersHashTable.Add(deviceID, deviceLoc)
Next

Me.ComboBox1.DataSource = myArray
Me.ComboBox1.DisplayMember = "DeviceID"
Me.ComboBox1.ValueMember = "Location"

That would assume that your ManagementObject is a class, with "DeviceID", "Location", etc. exposed as properties.

But if that is not the case (and the references make me suspect that it may not be) I wonder what is wrong with a datatable?  And bog-standard binding to that?  Then, if you need to make reference to a field that you cannot fit in the two slots - DisplayMember and ValueMember - that are available in the combo, you have a direct reference to the row concerned via the binding manager's .Current property.

Roger
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SanclerCommented:
Oops, I see I forgot to delete this line

     myPrintersHashTable.Add(deviceID, deviceLoc)

from my example code.

Roger
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jaw0807Author Commented:
Thank you guys. Both your ideas worked well. I'll split the points and accept both. I ended up opting for Hillwaaa's approach.
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