FIX: The ARM compiler may generate incorrect computer code if you enable an optimization compiler option in Visual Studio 2008

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:

  • You develop a Smart Device project in Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.

  • You enable an optimization compiler option. For example, you enable the /O2 option.

  • You compile the project by using the ARM compiler.


In this scenario, the ARM compiler may generate incorrect computer code. Additionally, unexpected behavior may occur when you run the generated application.

Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must have Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed. 

Restart information

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix if the affected files are being used.

We recommend that you exit any instances of Visual Studio before you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

This hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Host Platform

Target Platform

C2.dll

15.0.20720.1

1,328,912

01-Jun-2011

12:59

x86

ARM

Lib.exe

9.0.30729.6178

14,664

20-Jun-2011

20:25

x86

ARM

Link.exe

9.0.30729.6178

800,584

20-Jun-2011

20:25

x86

ARM


Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

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

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