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'ActiveX component can't create object' caused by "FrangoVFP.dll" not registering correctly during the installation procedure

Technote (troubleshooting)


Controller has recently been installed/upgraded. During the testing, users find many issues when using different parts of the Controller system.
* Example#1 - User runs a 'consolidation with status', but receives an error.
* Example#2 - User clicks on 'Maintain - Special Utilities - Verify Structures'. User selects 'Check Rules for Automatic Journals'. User clicks on 'preview'. User receives error message.


Example #1

    Standard Error
    Number: 5
    Source: ControllerProxyClient
    Description: System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapException: Server was unable to process request. ---> System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException
    (0x800A01AD): ActiveX component can't create object (Error occurred within method=RunConsol in the module with progid=FrMiscBT.ConsBusinessT)
    at FrBatchBT.clsBatchTClass.Batch(String sGuid, .....

Example #2
    IBM Cognos 8 Controller
    Unhandled exception has occurred in a component in your
    application. If you click Continue, the application will ignore this error
    and attempt to continue.

    Argument 'Number' is not a valid value.
    Details Continue

    See the end of this message for details on invoking
    just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

    ************** Exception Text **************
    System.ArgumentException: Argument 'Number' is not a valid value.
    at .....


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There are several possible causes for similar symptoms.

  • TIP: For more examples, see separate IBM Technote #1459682.
    This Technote specifically relates the scenario where the cause is that the COM+ component 'FrangoVFP.dll' (VFPCOM.COMUTIL) is not working correctly. Since this one component is used for many different functions/processes inside Controller, this will cause many different issues.
    • TIP: For more information, see separate IBM Technote #1459580.
  • Diagnosing the problem

    One of the side effects of this problem is that it will cause the Frangovfp.cglobvar and Frangovfp.main objects to not be registered correctly. As a consequence, you may get the following error when you open/expand the COM+ application (located inside 'Administrative Tools - Component Services' on the application server) called "IBMCOGNOSCONTROLLER" (which is called "COGNOSCONTROLLER" for older versions of Controller):

      Errors Occurred
      Some object properties could not be read due to the following errors:
      Name Reason
      Frangovfp.cglobvar Object was not found in registry
      Frangovfp.main Object was not found in registry

    After clicking OK:
      You may need to reinstall this component to restore the required registry settings.

    Resolving the problem

    Perform the following actions:

    • Ensure that msvcr71.dll is registered in Windows
    • Ensure that the VFP dll files are registered
    • Manually register frangovfp.dll

    1. Log on to the Controller application server as an administrator.
    2. Browse to your server folder
    • TIP: By default, this is here: C:\Program Files\ibm\cognos\ccr_64\server

    3. Copy the file ' msvcr71.dll' and paste it into this folder: c:\windows\ SysWOW64

    4. Right-click on 'Start' and choose 'Command Prompt (admin)':

    5. Type the following commands:
      cd c:\ windows\ SysWOW64 \server <Enter>
      regsvr32 vfp9r.dll
      regsvr32 vfp9t.dll
      regsvr32 vfpcom.dll

    6. Click 'Start - Programs - Administrative Tools - Component Services'
    7. Expand 'Computers - My Computer - COM+ Applications - IBM Cognos Controller Consolidation - Components'
      TIP: If an error appears:
      • acknowledge the error
      • locate and highlight (select) the following 2 components: 'frangovfp.cglobvar' and 'frangovfp.main'
      • Right-click on these 2 components, and choose 'delete'

    8. Highlight the subfolder 'components'.

    9. Click on 'Action - New', and follow the wizard to 'Install New Components'.
    10. Browse to the location of 'frangovfp.dll' to add it.
    • TIP: By default, this is located here: C:\Program Files\ibm\cognos\ccr_64\server\frangovfp.dll

    Related information

    1671339 - FrangoVFP.DLL & VFPCOM.DLL are not correctly
    1459682 - ** Troubleshooting ** "Cannot create ActiveX

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    Document information

    More support for: Cognos Controller

    Software version: 10.1.1, 10.2.0, 10.2.1, 10.3

    Operating system(s): Windows

    Software edition: Not Applicable

    Reference #: 1347488

    Modified date: 05 October 2017