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October 4, 2006

ActiveSync Remote Display for CE 5.0

Filed under: Windows Mobile — John Huffman @ 5:35 pm

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The new link is ActiveSync Remote Display for CE 5.0.



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    Pingback by Symbol’s New WT4070/WT4090 « Mobile Musings — October 13, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

  2. Hello,

    Another *very nice* solution is to compile the wincevncsvr project from sourceforge (sorry I don’t know the whole URL by now – just search with Google) for your device.

    With some simple modifications you can run a VNC server from your mobile device. So you don’t have to connect the device via ActiveSync, instead you can look at and work with the device even if it has a WiFi connection.


    Comment by Sven — October 18, 2006 @ 5:15 am

  3. I don’t understand step 4, Copy the program “cerdisp2.exe” to the “\Windows” directory of your terminal? What is the “terminal?”


    Comment by Peter Conrad — June 12, 2007 @ 10:53 am

  4. In Step 4 the “terminal” is your mobile device. You will first ActiveSync the mobile device and then use the Explore icon from ActiveSync to copy the file to /Windows on the mobile device.

    Comment by John Huffman — June 12, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

  5. This is an excellent musing. I need to work with a device that doesn’t have any display (well, a 2 line LCD driven my a daughter board, unrelated to the UI). This will make things much easier.


    Comment by Eric Ruck — July 12, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

  6. Nice, worked with my psion pro without problems.

    Comment by noname — July 13, 2007 @ 6:34 am

  7. Worked on a treo 700w just fine. thanks for posting this.

    Comment by Josh Hawley — July 25, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

  8. This was extremely helpful. Many thanks

    Comment by Terry — August 13, 2007 @ 10:45 am

  9. No one seems to mention that ActiveSync Remote Display fails to do landscape format on the WM5.0 device. You’d think that would not be so difficult and wouldbe an obvious feature to include!


    Comment by Mike Coon — August 16, 2007 @ 4:44 am

  10. Do not work on Pharos 525. Just a blank screen

    Comment by Van — September 18, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

  11. I have been floundering around working on the Symbol WT4090 taking ages to work out what key sequences are required. What a relief to be able to navigate around the device using the desktop mouse. Really useful: many thanks for this info.

    Comment by Mike Harlow — October 31, 2007 @ 11:43 am

  12. Tidy advice. However my LXE VX7 is just giving a blank display. Active Sync is is also now saying that it cannot connect.

    Comment by Austin — November 19, 2007 @ 9:42 am

  13. @Mike Coon: It is obvious from the naming (wce400\armv4) that this program was written for 4.0. Since landscape mode did not exist prior to 5.0, it is not surprising that the program does not handle this.

    Comment by realist — November 28, 2007 @ 9:15 pm

  14. Actually it does work fine for landscape and other non-portrait screen sizes. I regularly use it with the Symbol WT4090 (Landscape), and the Symbol MC3090 (324×324). Since this is a CE tool it does not have any resolution restrictions as far as I’m aware.

    Also ActiveSync Remote Display has the odd behavior of only during the current sync session. Once the connection is broken it displays a blank screen and you have to open a new display window to continue.

    Comment by John Huffman — November 29, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  15. tried on my UBIQUIO device, which has ARM926T/OMAP750 processor – DIDN’T WORK 😦
    I receive a message “Unsupported screen depth 24, WRITE MORE CODE” (they’re laughing at me, aren’t they?).

    does anyone dealt with this problem?

    Comment by Zhanibek Datbayev — December 5, 2007 @ 1:32 am

  16. Thanks for this tip. What an excruciating experience trying to configure a device that is running an operating system designed for a touch screen, and the device does not have a touch screen (WT4090).

    Now, I need to find a way to custom program hotkeys!



    Comment by PhilMoore — December 7, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

  17. I was having trouble with my Denso BHT 420 even though the older model 260B was working followed these steps and its working.
    Thank You

    Comment by Dishant Issar — December 11, 2007 @ 6:24 am

  18. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

    Comment by Idetrorce — December 15, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

  19. Hey all..

    I’m waiting of the answer regarding the comment number 15. I also have the same problem with “Unsupported screen depht 32, write more code”… can someone help me please? It’s very important for me!


    Comment by Denny — January 16, 2008 @ 3:00 am

  20. Thanks i contacted symbol and they didn’t told me this actually they didn’t know it.
    Thanks again.

    Comment by Archangel_2.0 — January 17, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

  21. Won’t work with T-Mobile MDA Compact II, blank screen.

    Comment by Eva — March 20, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

  22. one word, WOW. i’m using the WT4090 and this applicatiopn makes up for the fool hardy decision not to have a touch screen (rediculous)

    Comment by dan — March 27, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  23. Thanks, worked great with the Motorola VC5090. This should also work with the MC9090 hand helds also

    Comment by Bob — March 29, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

  24. Works like a charm! (and much easier than the VNC 🙂 Thanks!

    Comment by ValyaS — May 30, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

  25. Super duper!
    It worked with an intel based system with windows CE 5.0.


    Comment by Paul — September 1, 2008 @ 10:45 am

  26. Anybody know if this works with Windows Mobile 6.0 or 6.1 devices? We have a fair number of customers who use them.

    Comment by Tim Garton — October 23, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  27. Windows Mobile 6 is based on Windows CE 5.0 so it should work fine. I have a VZ6800 with WM6 and it’s happy.


    Comment by John Huffman — October 23, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

  28. Like Mr. Huffman said, ActiveSync Remote Display does do landscape on the WM5.0 device, provided that the device is already set landscape prior to running cerdisp2.exe on it.

    Comment by Dante — November 16, 2008 @ 11:15 am

  29. I just tested it with my HTC touch pro running WM6.1. It works great. Thanks a lot!!

    Comment by Trinidad — March 27, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  30. […] The second option, is to run the Microsoft ActiveSync Remote Display program to connect to the device over a regular ActiveSync connection. This is the choice I took, since it didn’t require finding special cables, and as a developer I needed to use the USB connection to debug the application. See my article on ActiveSync Remote Display for CE 5.0. […]

    Pingback by Symbol’s New WT4070/WT4090 | StepOne Systems Mobile Technology Blog — April 17, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

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  32. Why do I get a black screen? The device I am using has a greyscale screen, would this make a difference? It’s a Symbol MC9090.


    Comment by Arno Janse van Rensburg — July 15, 2009 @ 1:43 am

  33. Arno, I’m a bit surprised that it is not working on a Symbol (Motorola) device. We develop mobile applications for the Symbol platform and I have not had any problems getting it to work on any of their devices (MC3000, MC9000, WT4090, MK500, MC55, MC75, etc.) on CE 5.x, WM5, and WM6. I also just tried it out on an MC9094 (WM5 Phone Edition) that I have laying around and it worked fine.

    Perhaps their is a problem with the greyscale since the colormap would be different, but that still seems odd since Remote Display was developed when greyscale screens were much more common.

    The other time I do see the black screen is if the ActiveSync connection is broken so there could be something there. Once it loses the connection, you need to restart the Remote Display application to get it do display the screen again.

    Let me know if you figure anything out.

    Good Luck,


    Comment by John Huffman — July 15, 2009 @ 9:54 am

  34. Arno, I was able to track down a grayscale MC3070 (CE4.2) which doesn’t need the file copy trick. However, it displays fine.


    Comment by John Huffman — July 15, 2009 @ 10:46 am

  35. […] The second option, is to run the Microsoft ActiveSync Remote Display program to connect to the device over a regular ActiveSync connection. This is the choice I took, since it didn’t require finding special cables, and as a developer I needed to use the USB connection to debug the application. See my article on ActiveSync Remote Display for CE 5.0. […]

    Pingback by Symbol’s New WT4070/WT4090 | StepOne Systems Mobile Technology Blog — August 19, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

  36. Works well on WT4090 as mentioned by other people.

    Personally, I prefer not having a touch screen on the device – it’s only the setup / administration that difficult – the function keys and keypad work well for everything else the user needs to do.

    Comment by Will Robinson — April 28, 2010 @ 6:28 am

  37. And what if your screen doesnt work at all and you want to get the files from the mobile before fixing it..

    I mean my touchscreen does work, only the screen inside is broken so i cant see what im doing.

    Ive tried everything activesync mymobile etc..

    but everytime i see you have to do something on your mobile BUT I CANT!! How to get the files of my phone anywayz..??

    Comment by Kevin — July 29, 2010 @ 5:52 am

  38. edit: If i fix my mobile by my insurance they will delete all of my files.. So thats not an option.

    Comment by Kevin — July 29, 2010 @ 7:43 am

  39. Kevin: You should be able to ActiveSync your device and then use the file explorer to transfer the data. This will work done for most data and typically doesn’t need the UI.

    If you need the UI, using ActiveSync remote may help, but you’ll need to get a connection first.

    Comment by John Huffman — July 29, 2010 @ 9:20 am

  40. Cool! thank you.

    Comment by Andrew — August 17, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

  41. Did anyone figure out a solution to the “Unsupported screen depth 24, WRITE MORE CODE” message?

    It seems the mouse will send presses to the mobile device, but no screen is visible (just white)

    Comment by erik — October 21, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

  42. Am trying to download cerdsp2.exe but I keep getting an error message that it will not download. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Kevin McCausland — December 15, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

  43. I keep getting the error message that a Network Error occurred while trying to read the file

    Comment by Kevin McCausland — December 15, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

  44. Sounds like a problem with ActiveSync. You’ll need to be sure that you are getting a good connection on the ActiveSync application.

    If ActiveSync is OK, I’d try copying to a different directory like Temp and then moving it on the handheld itself in case there was some kind of conflict.

    Comment by John Huffman — December 15, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

  45. Works very well with MC9090.
    Thank you

    Comment by Haven Offredo — December 16, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

  46. work with psion 7535, but i need connect from wi-fi. is that posible and how?

    Comment by ja — November 28, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  47. I have used this EXCELLENT Remote desktop tool sucessfully with WT4090’s and MC9060’s – but l, like Arno – am having trouble getting anything but a black screen with MC9090’s.

    …though I have found when I click on regions of that Remote desktop black screen it DOES have a response on the MC9090 device. I just can’t see what it is I’m clicking on untill after the click because of the black screen (:<)

    John or Haven, are there any different setup steps required to use with MC9090’s? I am in a synchronized ActiveSync session, and have loaded the cerdisp2 file into temp folder as I’ve done on the WT4090’s and MN9060…

    Getting this working on the 9090’s would be a GREAT Christmas gift for me!


    Comment by Keith S — December 15, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  48. Sorry, I meant I copied into the WINDOWS folder…

    Comment by Keith S — December 15, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

  49. What I am describing in my second paragraph of the 12:16 post is that with the MC9090’s the Remote console IS sending all mouse moves but I cannot “see” the MC9090 desktop.

    I have a Cerdisp.exe installed in the Windows folder.

    Comment by Keith S — December 15, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

  50. Sorry,

    I meant I have “cerdisp2” installed

    (too much multitasking today)

    Comment by Keith S — December 15, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

  51. […] The second option, is to run the Microsoft ActiveSync Remote Display program to connect to the device over a regular ActiveSync connection. This is the choice I took, since it didn’t require finding special cables, and as a developer I needed to use the USB connection to debug the application. See my article on ActiveSync Remote Display for CE 5.0. […]

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