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Monday, January 5, 2009

.net v3.5 tweak

This little tweak will make any win mo pda/phone faster. Even win mo 6.1 is supplied with .net v2.

A bit of background:

The Microsoft .NET Compact Framework (.NET CF) is a version of the .NET Framework that is designed to run on Windows CE based mobile/embedded devices such as PDAs, mobile phones, factory controllers, set-top boxes, etc. The .NET Compact Framework uses some of the same class libraries as the full .NET Framework and also a few libraries designed specifically for mobile devices such as Windows CE InputPanel.

It is possible to develop applications which use the .NET Compact Framework in Visual Studio.NET 2003, in Visual Studio 2005 and in Visual Studio 2008, in C# or Visual Basic.NET. The resulting applications are designed to run on a special, mobile-device, high performance JIT compiler.

To be able to run applications powered by the .NET Compact Framework, the platform must support the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework runtime. Some operating systems which do include .NET CF are Windows CE 4.1, Microsoft Pocket PC, Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 and Smartphone 2003. .NET Compact Framework applications can be run on desktop computers with the full .NET Framework as long as they only access the shared parts of both frameworks, though their user interface can not be upgraded to look like that of an application developed for desktop PCs.

The Microsoft® .NET Compact Framework 3.5 Redistributable contains the common language runtime and class libraries built for the .NET Compact Framework. In addition to version 3.5 support, it also supports applications developed for version 1.0 and 2.0. The .NET Compact Framework 3.5 provides new features such as Windows Communication Foundation, LINQ, SoundPlayer, new runtime tool support, and many other features.

A version of the .NET Compact Framework is also available for the Xbox 360 console. While it features the same runtime as the regular .NET CF, only a subset of the class library is available.[1] This version is used by XNA Framework to run managed games on the console. There are other limitations as well, such as the number of threads being limited to 256.[2] Unlike other versions of .NET CF, the Xbox 360 version allows setting processor affinity to threads created.[3] The threads are scheduled among four concurrent threads running on the multiple processor cores of the system.[2]

You'll be aware that it offers a number of enhancements in features, stability and performance, and you'll likely also know that it provides full backwards compatability with previous versions of the Compact Framework. What you may NOT know is that when CF 3.5 is installed on a device, applications that target previous versions of the Compact Framework will continue to run against the old versions, and 3.5 and previous versions will live side by side on the device. Only when new devices come along will we see ONLY 3.5 on a device.

source : wikipedia

New Features Included in the netCF 3.5 January CTP:
• System.IO.Compression support, including support for HTTP compression.
• Support for a subset of Linq’s Standard Query Operators.
• SoundPlayer support using WaveOut allowing for multiple sounds to play at once.
• New API in Microsoft.WindowsCE.Forms for easily distinguishing Smartphone and Pocket PC.
• Allow Nested FuncEval's.
• Enhanced logging for interop functionality with native code.
• Stack Trace Enhancements.
• GAC Improvements.
• Allow for StrongName keys greater than 1024 long.
• To improved logging of finalizer activities to enhance product supportability.
• Allow log files to be read at runtime.

source : .NET Compact Framework Team

Get these 2 files:

.net v3.5

.net config tool

Copy these 2 files on your ppc & install.

Open the NetCF Tool > Device Policy > select NetCF 3.5.7283 from the drop down menu and click apply.

Reset your device.


.net v3.5 configuration page

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seeraeuber said...

unfortunately i cant install the net config.tool - touch elf says:
programm cant be installed -
i do have problems with some apps to be installed.
Any Idea? thanks in advance

tuan punya blog said...

not too sure there. i initially had problems while installing on my wife's eten, but that was the .net 3.5 itself, not the config tool.

is it showing in the remove programs list?

when installing, does it show a popup saying this app is from an unkown publisher etc? you may need to bypass this.

tuan punya blog said...

just remembered, did you soft reset after installing the files? might be worth doing it after installing each file

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