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Posted on 2007-03-29
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I have a C# program that loads another DLL:

    [DllImport("Test.dll", EntryPoint = "Start")]
    public unsafe static extern void TestStart();

Test.dll is written in C++ and contains an "empty" function that does nothing:

    extern "C" __declspec(dllexport) void Start();

The program runs fine on multiple Windows machines, including a Windows 2000 desktop. However, when I tried executing this program on this Windows 2000 laptop, it throws the following exception:

    Unable to load DLL 'Test.dll': The specified module
    could not be found. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8007007E)

Additional Information:

    - .NET Framework 1.1/2.0 are installed on the Windows 2000 laptop.
    - All executables are run from local hard disk.
    - The C# program is compiled with Visual Studio 2005.
    - Test.dll is compiled with Visual Studio 2003.

Anyone knows why this program wouldn't run on the laptop?

Thanks!
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I cant think of any reason why it wouldnt run on a laptop.  Is the test.dll put in the correct directory so that the refernce is right?  Does it reference anything that would be missing?   Just go through the code making sure that test.dll has nothing missing from its references, and check that it is where it is meant to be for your main project to find it.

I hope this helps
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by:james567
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Test.dll is a simplified test case so it does not reference anything. It's placed in the same directory as the C# executable. The same configuration worked on other machines but just not this laptop.

In fact, another C# program that loads a C++ DLL also failed to execute on that machine. It looks like the C# program on that machine is not able to load any C++ DLLs. It can, however, load DLLs written in C# without problems.

Trust level for assemblies located on local disk is set to full trust.

Regards,

James
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Manjesh earned 350 total points
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0x8007007E = The specified module could not be found

Try providing the abolute path
[DllImport ("c:\\temp\\Test.dll", CharSet=CharSet.Unicode)]

If possible run the DLL Dependecy walker for Test.dll

A person has also faced the similar problem,  go throught the below link, he has built the dll using BC++.

http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.dotnet.framework.sdk/browse_thread/thread/48dec66aedf46576/9e517c5bb64a705d?lnk=st&q=DllImport+0x8007007E&rnum=1#9e517c5bb64a705d

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by:james567
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I'm sorry. I was told that one of my colleagues was able to execute the program on her Windows 2000 machine, but in fact the machine was a Windows XP with the old style GUI...

What happened was that Windows 2000 didn't have the required MFC DLLs.

Thanks.
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