01-12-2009 06:33 PM - edited 01-12-2009 06:36 PM
Upon launching SeaTools and "Scannign for supported drives. Please wait...", I get the above failure message. This is running on Vista and all of my drives are Maxtor SATA. SeaTools is v188.8.131.52, and Vista Home premium is current on patch levels. SeaToolsForWindows.exe (STX_STEE) continues to run as a process and consumes 50% of my CPU until I kill it.
I've searched, but could not find other references to this error. Any suggestions?
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01-13-2010 01:31 PM
I am having the same problem. Attempted to run a Long DST on my ST31000340AS and the "stxcon" message was immediately raised. Oddly enough, the Long DST continued to run.
I have performed this test numerous times with no problems on Windows 7.
01-13-2010 01:51 PM
Once I deinstalled Microsoft OneCare, the problem ceased. I've since run Vista & Kaspersky with success and now running Windows 7 with Microsoft Security Essentials with success. For me, the problem was the older OneCare product from Microsoft.
07-02-2010 12:55 AM
I have Windows 7, which hasn't OneCare and I get the same error message.
It happens also trying to run stxcon in WinXP compatibility mode and run as administrator.
A popup error message appears with the following message (is a translation from Italian)
"Object Variable or Variable of With Block not set. Void .ctor(System.Object)"
Actually, looking in the installation folder of Seatools I can see that 2 files with extension .ata are created, corresponding to the 2 hard drives installed into my computer.
I also have USB drives connected, and apparently it is when trying to connect with them that the problem arises.
btw, running stxcon.exe from the console it seems a a program which executes scripts, so I think Seatools sends it a script to run, I'd try to execute the same manually, but I can't find where these scripts are stored.
03-27-2011 05:01 PM
Hi, I had the same error problem "stxcon.exe", but I also didn't have OneCare, so the previous tip was not applicable for me.
Then I realized that I have installed in Win XP (professional 32 bits) as administrator, but was now using as user (not part of adm group) and was getting this error.
Solution 1: Logoff and enter as admin. It should work - Worked for me.
Solution 2: For Win XP - Googling you can find a simple batch file that can open a session of Windows Explorer and run it as Administrator, inside your conventional user account.
Essentially, create a txt file with the following line (adapt to use your AdminUsername) and then save and rename it as "WinExplorer_as_Admin.bat":
runas /u:AdminEJE "explorer.exe /separate"
I used that way and it worked perfectly.
I Hope this helps...
01-20-2013 12:07 PM - edited 01-20-2013 12:08 PM
I was having the same problem. I noticed it checked SCSI, then ATA, and finally USB before stxcon stopped (and SeaTools.exe kept running, eating a fair amount of CPU time).
Since it stopped on "USB", I started detaching my external drives (I have 4), one at a time, and trying again. When I removed my old Western Digital Passport 160 GB drive, SeaTools launched without a hitch, and has several times since.
So, if it's dying on "USB", try removing your non-essential (or at least non-Seagate!) USB drives.
BTW: Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
05-10-2013 04:11 PM
On my Windows XP Prof. SP 3, dual core, 2,88 Ghz I get the following fatal error "Void ThrowExeptionforHRInternal (int32, IntPtr). Thereafter the program sceeen disappears and the stxcon.exe runs silently consuming more than 70% of my processor capacity. AFter several minutes the program stops running and "disappears".
I have reported this error because I feel I should to, but hardly do I believe to receive any reasonable and competent response from the Seagate staff. There are many threads where members report stxcon.exe errors, but nowhere have I found any reaction from the Seagate staff, nor any competent reply from them. It seems that they do not consider that a diagnostic tool causes so many fatal errors which puts its reliability to question. I seems that the scandal with the defective series has not taught Seagate anything. Moreover, their web tool to determine, whether there is an upgrade to the firware in combination with their diskdetector does not work reliably, either, let alone unclear and incomplete guidelines to the user.
It seems that years ago Seagate used to be an excellent company, but no longer is it such. Or am I wrong?
I look forward to a competent explanation (let alone a word of excuce from Seagate) and advice how to fix this error or advice when the error will be fixed by the company with a new upgrade of their tools. If, however, no such advice is given, I will not hesitate to start campaign in Internet warning everybody against buying any, absolutely any Seagate hardware. Enough! I have 5 huge (2 x 1TB and 3 x 3 TB) Seagate USB disks, of which one has just died (it is visible to the system but not accessible) and no Seagate tool could make the disc usable! I hate the idea that anyone else will be in my position! Either Seagate acts properly or they should close their business in shame!