Monthly Archives: March 2009

Stepping Over Unwanted Functions

There’s an undocumented VS setting that lets you specify functions that would not be stepped into when you click F11.  This can be save quite a few clicks in situations of the form – Where pressing F11 would repeatedly step … Continue reading

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Debugging a Process Launch

While this is hardly a hidden setting, I found myself spending too much time to find it twice already – the msdn page describing it appears low on search results, since it uses very different terminology.  So,  if only for … Continue reading

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Extending Error Codes – to DirectX and Beyond.

$err,hr is quite useful as is, but it only knows how to interpret built-in error codes. Happily, there is an easy way to extend it, via a section in autoexp. All it takes is adding lines of the form – … Continue reading

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Watching Errors in Visual Studio

System and COM routines often set an error code, that can be retrieved by GetLastError.   There are several ways to decipher this code – (1) Use the command line net helpmsg, (2) From the VS menu, select Tools/Error Lookup … Continue reading

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EnumDisplayMonitors Troubles – NvCpl solutions.

Recently I had EnumDisplayMonitors presenting some strange behaviour, exposing 2 monitors when in fact only one was connected. The nVidia Control panel API eventually came to the rescue – it exposes the entire functionality available via the nVidia control panel, … Continue reading

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