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Crystal Report Viewer fails to open when added to Windows Form

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I am writing an app in C# that includes a Crystal Report.
When I attempt to add the CR viewer to a blank form from the tool bar it fails to open on the form.
I have VS 2008 with CR for Visual Studio installed as well as CR 2008.

The Crystal Report Viewer had been functioning correctly up until 3 days ago.

Any ideas as to what may be causing this and how to correct it?
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by:SameerJagdale
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by:mlmcc
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What CRViewer are you adding?

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by:petrosyg
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I was using the default version 10 viewer that comes with CR for VS 2008...thats the one that stopped working.
I then added the v 12 viewer that installs with CR 2008, but it doesnt work either.

When I add a viewer from the toolbar an instance is added to the form, but it does not actually appear on the windows form in design view or after the app is build and run.
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by:SameerJagdale
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wondering if you had checked the link. You may have problem, if there are multiple versions of CR Viewer control.
try uninstalling..and then use the default one supported by VS.
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by:petrosyg
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I have already tried that.
First I repaired VS...Disn't work so then I uninstalled CR 2008..Disn't work so then uninstalled VS 2008.
Then I reinstalled VS 2008 and applied the VS 2008 SP1 and SP for .NET 3.5 (which is where VS had been when it was working).
When that didn't work I reinstalled CR 2008. That didn't work and that was the point at which I removed crystal report viewer 10 and enabled CR viewer 12 on the toolbar. Still no luck.

Im going to try to try and back the app down to .NET 2.0 and see if that helps.
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by:petrosyg
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No good.
I am going to uninstall CR 2008 again, uninstall all of VS 2008, manually remove any pieces of either that the uninstaller leaves, run a registry cleaner to remove what I've missed and reinstall VS 2008.

With any luck I should be exactly where I started.
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petrosyg earned 0 total points
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I feel like a complete bonehead for not catching this earlier.
The problem was in my applications Crystal References.
There is a setting in each reference called "Specific Version" and they were all set to True.
When I changed them all to False VS went and found the correct dll references and the Crystal Report Viewer control started working again.

Thanks to all who tried to help me. I just wish I had caught the issue before I dragged it in here.
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Good catch.  I haven't used those versions or VS so I was unaware of the option.

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