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FIX: Error message when you use an application that is built on the .NET Framework 2.0 to run a query: "Object reference not set to an instance of an object"

You use an application that is built on the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 to run a query on a SQL_EBCDIC037_CP1_CS_AS collation. If the SQL_EBCDIC037_CP1_CS_AS collation contains a char type column or a varchar type column, you may receive the following error message:
Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next .NET Framework 2.0 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.


You must have the .NET Framework 2.0 installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Normidna.nlpNot applicable59,34213-Apr-200704:21
Normnfc.nlpNot applicable45,79413-Apr-200704:21
Normnfd.nlpNot applicable39,28413-Apr-200704:21
Normnfkc.nlpNot applicable66,38413-Apr-200704:21
Normnfkd.nlpNot applicable60,29413-Apr-200704:21
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 940104 - Last Review: 10/08/2011 15:52:00 - Revision: 2.0

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