Bluetooth - GPRS - and other words that keep me employed...

ActiveSync error: /Separate is invalid?

, posted: 17-Feb-2007 14:09

We were testing installations of our software on various OS's (with various languages) at work this week when one of the developers/testers asked if I had seen the following problem:

He connected to a Windows Mobile 5 device with ActiveSync (v4.2 from memory - a recent version) and found that whenever he hit the "Explore" button (after it had connected), ActiveSync would come up with an error saying that the path "/Separate" was invalid.

Strange thing was that we could explore the device from Windows Explorer - just couldn't kick off exploring the device from the Explore button on the ActiveSync window.

This was a new one on me but luckily after some extensive googling a colleague found out that it can be caused by having an older version of IE on your machine (eg IE 5).

They put IE6 onto the box and the problem went away.

Just thought I'd put this up for anyone that strikes it in the future - or just in case I forget the cause of the problem when we go to test the next release of our software!

Nigel H.

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Nigel Hanson
New Zealand

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My job involves working with a variety of mainly Pocket PC or Windows CE devices, setting up GPRS connections over cable and/or Bluetooth. Setting up of these connections is either done programatically (in code) or manually (when all else fails).

Through this work (which sometimes involves visiting other parts of the world), I've come up with, err, I'd hate to call it a "wealth of information", but let's just say that I've struck enough problems over the last few years that I'm sure that SOMEBODY out there might benefit from some of the tips that I'll be putting up.

Nigel H.