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Users report that the remote simulator is not showing an accurate representation of a view that it should be showing. It's like the remote simulators preview is not up-to-date or refreshed.
## Version Information
Latest 15.5.1 on Windows and Mac
Remoted Sim 18.104.22.168
## Additional Information
Forums thread: https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/comment/311821#Comment_311821
Attached are logs from the forums post
Created attachment 25999 [details]
Video of refresh issue
This is a video I made of the simulator showing the refresh issue. I made a template Xamarin cross platform iOS app and didn't change any of the settings at all (except to make it a regular Xamarin app instead of Xamarin.Forms). You can see that the first label doesn't refresh and disappear after being clicked on. Upon going to the home screen and then back, it correctly refreshes.
Today i updated to latest version of everything after two months of not doing anything on my project and i found myself having the same issue.
Also, this issue happens with the simulator on mac and with the remote one on windows.
Since the same issue is showing up in the remoted simulator on Windows and when using Apple's simulator on the Mac,
then the issue is either a bug in iOS itself or a bug in your application. Either way - if the remote simulator on Windows works the same way as Apple's simulator on Mac then this should be considered the expected behaviour and everything is working.
If you come across an issue where the remoted simulator differs in behaviour from Apple's one on the Mac then please let us know and we'll investigate the problem!
(also if you can share a test case on stack overflow, the xamarin forums, or here, then someone may be able to figure out what the issue is).
Sorry - I just realised there were two different people on the bug report.
Sauron - my previous comment was about your issue.
Jeff - can you share an app which reproduces the problem so we can diagnose what's going on?
I am having the same issue.
Remote simulator is not refreshing ok. but when i go to use the mac simulator it shows ok !!!
For those who are also experiencing this issue. Here is what you can include in a .zip attached to this bug report to help us investigate:
* Version information from Windows and Mac.
The easiest way to get exact version information:
- On Visual Studio for Mac: "Visual Studio" menu, "About Visual Studio" item, "Show Details" button.
- On Visual Studio for Windows: "Help menu", "About Microsoft Visual Studio" item.
Then copy/paste the version information (you can use the "Copy Information" button).
From the Mac:
The simplest way to get access to them is to start the 'Console' application (not the Terminal application!) and go to the 'Simulator.Server' folder under the 'Xamarin' node which is under the '~/Library/Logs' node.
Copy the files from C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Xamarin\Logs\Xamarin.Simulator\
* Sample project
Include a .zip of the project you are using to reproduce this issue.
* Screenshots/Videos of the problem
I had fixed this issue deleting and creating the device simulator in Xcode 9.2
Apparently it is ok for now.
The behavior is different for me on the Mac simulator versus the Windows remoted simulator. To reproduce this I'm just using a stock Xamarin app, I haven't done anything whatsoever to the code. My steps to make said app:
File->New Project->Cross-Platform (under Visual C#)->Cross-Platform App (Xamarin.Forms)->OK->Blank App->Uncheck Android and UWP (leave iOS checked)->Native UI Technology->.NET Standard Code Sharing Technology.
I'll attach a zip of said project after this comment. As for requested information:
Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2017
Microsoft .NET Framework
Installed Version: Professional
Visual Basic 2017 00369-60000-00001-AA830
Microsoft Visual Basic 2017
Visual C# 2017 00369-60000-00001-AA830
Microsoft Visual C# 2017
Visual C++ 2017 00369-60000-00001-AA830
Microsoft Visual C++ 2017
Visual F# 4.1 00369-60000-00001-AA830
Microsoft Visual F# 4.1
Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio Package 8.10.01106.1
Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio
ASP.NET and Web Tools 2017 15.0.31125.0
ASP.NET and Web Tools 2017
ASP.NET Core Razor Language Services 1.0
Provides languages services for ASP.NET Core Razor.
ASP.NET Web Frameworks and Tools 2017 5.2.51007.0
For additional information, visit https://www.asp.net/
Azure App Service Tools v3.0.0 15.0.31106.0
Azure App Service Tools v3.0.0
Common Azure Tools 1.10
Provides common services for use by Azure Mobile Services and Microsoft Azure Tools.
Fabric Diagnostic Events
Integration of the ILSpy Decompiler into Visual Studio.
JetBrains ReSharper Ultimate 2017.1.1 Build 108.0.20170407.122957
JetBrains ReSharper Ultimate package for Microsoft Visual Studio. For more information about ReSharper Ultimate, visit http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper. Copyright © 2017 JetBrains, Inc.
Merq 1.1.17-rc (cba4571)
Command Bus, Event Stream and Async Manager for Visual Studio extensions.
Microsoft Azure Service Fabric Tools for Visual Studio 1.8
Microsoft Azure Service Fabric Tools for Visual Studio
Microsoft Azure Tools 2.9
Microsoft Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 - v2.9.51120.3
Microsoft Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio 0.3
Simplifying the configuration of continuous build integration and continuous build delivery from within the Visual Studio IDE.
Microsoft JVM Debugger 1.0
Provides support for connecting the Visual Studio debugger to JDWP compatible Java Virtual Machines
Microsoft MI-Based Debugger 1.0
Provides support for connecting Visual Studio to MI compatible debuggers
Microsoft Visual C++ Wizards 1.0
Microsoft Visual C++ Wizards
Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Containers 1.1
Develop, run, validate your ASP.NET Core applications in the target environment. F5 your application directly into a container with debugging, or CTRL + F5 to edit & refresh your app without having to rebuild the container.
Microsoft Visual Studio VC Package 1.0
Microsoft Visual Studio VC Package
Mono Debugging for Visual Studio 4.8.4-pre (3fe64e3)
Support for debugging Mono processes with Visual Studio.
NuGet Package Manager 4.5.0
NuGet Package Manager in Visual Studio. For more information about NuGet, visit http://docs.nuget.org/.
SQL Server Data Tools 15.1.61710.120
Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools
TypeScript Tools 15.5.11025.1
TypeScript Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio
For more information about Visual Assist, see the Whole Tomato Software website at http://www.WholeTomato.com. Copyright (c) 1997-2017 Whole Tomato Software, Inc.
Visual C++ for Cross Platform Mobile Development (Android) 15.0.27005.02
Visual C++ for Cross Platform Mobile Development (Android)
Visual C++ for Cross Platform Mobile Development (iOS) 15.0.27005.02
Visual C++ for Cross Platform Mobile Development (iOS)
Visual Studio Code Debug Adapter Host Package 1.0
Interop layer for hosting Visual Studio Code debug adapters in Visual Studio
Visual Studio Tools for CMake 1.0
Visual Studio Tools for CMake
Visual Studio Tools for Unity 22.214.171.124
Visual Studio Tools for Unity
Visual Studio Tools for Universal Windows Apps 15.0.27128.01
The Visual Studio Tools for Universal Windows apps allow you to build a single universal app experience that can reach every device running Windows 10: phone, tablet, PC, and more. It includes the Microsoft Windows 10 Software Development Kit.
Mac Extension for Visual Studio
WebJobs Tools v1.0.0 15.0.31201.0
WebJobs Tools v1.0.0
Xamarin 126.96.36.1993 (6575bd113)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.
Xamarin Designer 4.8.183 (2577c82ea)
Visual Studio extension to enable Xamarin Designer tools in Visual Studio.
Xamarin.Android SDK 188.8.131.52 (HEAD/9cfa7836b)
Xamarin.Android Reference Assemblies and MSBuild support.
Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Mac SDK 184.108.40.206 (6857dfc)
Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Mac Reference Assemblies and MSBuild support.
=== Visual Studio Professional 2017 for Mac ===
Version 7.3 (build 799)
Installation UUID: c9ec33c3-f60d-4d75-b748-f4c6003940a1
Mono 220.127.116.11 (2017-06/e66d9abbb27) (64-bit)
GTK+ 2.24.23 (Raleigh theme)
Package version: 504010007
=== NuGet ===
=== .NET Core ===
Runtime Version: 2.0.0
SDK Version: 2.0.0
MSBuild SDKs: /Library/Frameworks/Mono.framework/Versions/5.4.1/lib/mono/msbuild/15.0/bin/Sdks
=== Xamarin.Profiler ===
Location: /Applications/Xamarin Profiler.app/Contents/MacOS/Xamarin Profiler
=== Apple Developer Tools ===
Xcode 9.2 (13772)
=== Xamarin.iOS ===
Version: 18.104.22.168 (Visual Studio Professional)
Build date: 2017-12-04 21:20:41-0500
=== Xamarin.Android ===
Version: 22.214.171.124 (Visual Studio Professional)
Android SDK: /Users/jeff/Library/Developer/Xamarin/android-sdk-macosx
Supported Android versions:
6.0 (API level 23)
SDK Tools Version: 25.2.5
SDK Platform Tools Version: 25.0.5
SDK Build Tools Version: 25.0.3
Java SDK: /usr
java version "1.8.0_101"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_101-b13)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.101-b13, mixed mode)
Android Designer EPL code available here:
=== Xamarin Inspector ===
=== Xamarin.Mac ===
Version: 126.96.36.199 (Visual Studio Professional)
=== Build Information ===
Release ID: 703000799
Git revision: df590420ea5bc681994baefff2eabdaad889fba9
Build date: 2017-12-05 09:23:45-05
Xamarin addins: 51068d6eaf3b6fb4fbc72b33cb869b0ebff04ec5
Build lane: monodevelop-lion-d15-5
=== Operating System ===
Mac OS X 10.12.6
Darwin 16.7.0 Darwin Kernel Version 16.7.0
Thu Jun 15 17:36:27 PDT 2017
=== Enabled user installed addins ===
Internet of Things (IoT) development (Preview) 7.1
I've already tried deleting/creating the simulators to no avail.
I should note that by different behavior I meant that the sample project on the Mac simulator works perfectly but on the PC I get the behavior you see in the video I posted where it doesn't refresh correctly.
Created attachment 26008 [details]
This is a stock Xamarin iOS template project with no code modifications at all. It runs perfect in the simulator but has refresh issues, as shown in my video I attached earlier, on the PC simulator.
Created attachment 26009 [details]
PC/Mac logs from trying to run sample app remoted on a 6s on PC
I was using MacOS on VMWare Workstation and had this issue with Sierra and high Sierra after updating to xcode 9.2 everything was working fine before.
So today i went back to my old MacMini, installed everything and simulator is working fine on windows. I changed nothing on windows.
Maybe it helps you.
I'm having rendering issues with the simulator as well. I have a navigation master/detail page app. If you open the hamburger menu, the screen just shows gibberish. Full of lines. If you get lucky you might see part of the menu. The only way around it is to press the home button on the simulator menu, then tap the app icon to bring it back into focus. The entire screen is then refreshed and you can move forward. If you re-open the menu, again the screen completely distorts. The above workaround brings it all back into focus.
I also saw something similar in a stock carouselview Xamarin demo app. It had the option for None, Tabs or Dots. If you select Tabs, the app will display and you can swipe the colors around, but the Tab bar doesn't update. Likewise if you press the tab icon, nothing seems to happen. Press the simulator home button, then bring the app back into focus and voila there is the correct display. The write tab is selected and the correct color shown.
This has been going on since 15.5 at the start of December. The Mac and PC are on the same network switch. Both are physical machines. All the advertised updates are deployed for Xcode and VisualStudio on both the PC and the Mac. (Mac is not running High Sierra yet).
PC has VS 15.5.2. The situation was even worse with 15.5. 15.5.1 helped as did 15.5.2. 15.5 was just giving up. If you saw the app, and clicked main menu, it just died, black screen, spinning wheel. 15.5.1 got past that, but still not working right even with 15.5.2.
I did re-install the iOS Simulator earlier in December. I also ran a full repair of VS on the PC thinking that might help.
For me, the rendering issues are purely happening on my mac development environment, regardless of which simulated iOS device I choose. No Windows involved. See attachment for version and video.
Created attachment 26057 [details]
Version and Video Rendering Issue iOS Sim
Created attachment 26141 [details]
Screenshot of refresh issue
I've got the same issue, simulator on OSX works fine, but remote simulator on Windows doesn't refresh correctly, sample screenshot attached.
Fortunately I've found a workaround for now, just press Ctrl+Shift+S to display In-Call Status Bar which forces the screen to update.
Created attachment 26188 [details]
Screenshot of refresh issue
This is a screenshot of refreshing issue.
Comment on attachment 26188 [details]
Screenshot of refresh issue
I'm having this issue from some time ago. I have VS Enterprise and Xcode updated, latest stable Xamarin Forms and Win10 Fall Creators Update.
Some months ago it worked but one day it started to fail. I've also repaired simulator installation with no luck.
Ios simulator on mac is working OK, but remote simulator on Windows works bad, the image does not refresh, its not only related to application deployment, it happens always, even navigating through ios menus.
For those experiencing a refresh issue, please take a look at Comment 9 and provide the information requested in there. Thank you!
BBL - the issue you're experiencing is occurring with Apple's iOS Simulator not Xamarin's Remoted Simulator. Your best option is to file a bug with Apple ( https://developer.apple.com/bug-reporting/ ) if you are certain the problem is not in your application. They should be able to advise you about issues with their Simulator.
Jose/Tomasz, if you can provide the information John asked we should be able to investigate further. Thanks!
Created attachment 26190 [details]
Information requested of refresh image issue
This is the information requested about refresh image issue on remote ios simulator. The zip contains the system information, logs, screenshots, video and project sample.