Visual Studio crash when choosing items in the Forms designer toolbox

Ran into a strange issue with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 where it crashed, vanished with no errors, if I selected the Choose items menu item in the context menu of the Windows Forms designer Toolbox window. Attaching a debugger and reproducing the crash gave me the following error.

Wed Feb 25 15:47:55.617 2009 (GMT+1): CLR:(

Wed Feb 25 15:47:55.617 2009 (GMT+1): C:\Windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL\System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations\3.5.0.0__31bf3856ad364e35\System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.dll

Wed Feb 25 15:47:55.618 2009 (GMT+1): )

Wed Feb 25 15:47:55.618 2009 (GMT+1): Rejecting native image because dependency C:\Windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL\System.Core\3.5.0.0__b77a5c561934e089\System.Core.dll is not native

Wed Feb 25 15:47:55.619 2009 (GMT+1):

Wed Feb 25 15:47:55.619 2009 (GMT+1): ModLoad: 00000000`5aee0000 00000000`5aef2000   System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.dll

I have no idea what has caused this, but closing all Visual Studio instances and then starting it once with the /safemode switch and then closing it seems to have fixed the crash.

Xbox 360 crash

My Xbox 360 crashed for the first time yesterday. Or more accurately, the game I was playing froze. On some level it is understandable since I was playing a original Xbox game, Halo 2, but still very annoying. Apparently Halo 2 only saves to the harddrive when you “quit and save” the game so all my progress made during that session was lost. Argh!

Luckily the second time through the same part of the game it worked just fine. So it looks like I’ll finally be able to finish Halo 2 and get to see the ending everyone has been complaining about. ūüôā

Apart from yesterdays crash the only noticeable difference when playing Halo 2 on the Xbox 360 are some graphical glitches, the background gets stuck and is overlayed over the foreground in some areas of the game. So overall I’m quite impressed by the backwards compatibility of at least this title.