I sympathize with the person in another thread who said,
simply, 'nothing works' - I was also having troubles for
a couple of days and had never seen it approaching
working until I (a software engineer with 30+ years
background) dug down a bit deeply and found the problem.
Symptoms: Title bar says ???m where it should read the
band, no Help->About box spawns, literally no audio
of any kind plays, many of the windows didn't function
(a few did, which made it impossible to understand from
someone who has never seen it working), but certainly no
interactions with wsjt-x worked in any way.
Description: After following the instructions, I already
had the latest released .net, tried wsjt-x version
2.2.2, 2.4.0 and 2.5.0 (which is what I'm running now),
set the multicast according to the help instructions.
NB: the .net check tool at the end of install had
never run correctly, but kept pointing me to an
indistinct location, where I had followed the
instructions and was told I already have the .net, but
indeed I had the wrong thing (the console version in
x86, I believe).
What needed to happen was that it requires the .NET 5.0
This is located here
Root cause: When I ran jtalertv2.manager.exe by hand, I
got the following error (which was not reported in any
A fatal error occurred. The required library
hostfxr.dll could not be found. If this is a
self-contained application, that library should exist
in [C:\Program Files
(x86)\HamApps\JTAlert\pluginsX\win-x64\].If this is a
framework-dependent application, install the runtime
in the global location [C:\Program Files\dotnet] or
use the DOTNET_ROOT environment variable to specify
the runtime location or register the runtime location
Hostfxr.dll existed in: C:\Program Files
(x86)\dotnet\host\fxr\5.0.9, which is the wrong thing,
it needs to exist C:\Program Files\dotnet\host\fxr\5.0.9
Recommended User Experience fix: some method of the UI
detecting that jtalertv2.manager.exe is not running when
started and indicating that the problem lies there might
help normal people diagnose what's going on.
Anyway, I look forward to using your software.
The several windows not opening and sound test failing
is an indication that the JTAlertV2.Manager.exe process,
which handles all those, is not running. The cause in
99.99% of cases is an incorrect NET 5 install,
specifically not installing the correct "Desktop"
The framework check constantly reporting the Desktop
Runtime not being installed was behaving correctly, it
was doing its job.
This pinned FAQ message https://hamapps.groups.io/g/Support/message/35794
has instructions for installing the correct runtime
along with the latest MS down load links.
Sorry, not much more I can do if the non-desktop version
of the runtime is incorrectly installed despite the
numerous postings to this group and having the framework
check report a missing runtime.
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