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FileMaker freezes on ethernet LAN

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I'm running FMP over a small LAN (10BT). The host machine periodically freezes with a network arrow cursor or coffee cup and has to be rebooted. Seems to occur most often when a client queries the host with a find request, but at other times as well. Definitely more frequent than in the past but I can't tie it to any changes made.
In an attempt to fix, I've clean-installed systems 8.6 on host and suspect client (also rebuilt desktops, zapped PRAMs, checked with Norton and Disk First Aid) and reinstalled FMP 4 upgraded to 4.0v2.
Host is Performa 6400, sufficient RAM and disk space, Farallon 10/100BT NIC. Primary client is same with Sonnet G3 240 upgrade and recent extension (1.4, I think.) Hub is 5 port 10BT by Dlink.
Also on the LAN is a funky collection of older hardware, but previously ran well. The  problem remains when all these are powered down: Quadra660AV, classic networking, sys 7.5.x running LaserWriter Bridge for an HP4MP printer, a Quadra 475, Asante LocalTalk adapter for a StylewriterII with LocalTalk card (don't ask...)

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I don't know if you still need an answer to this, but I had this same type of problem having clients connect to a FileMaker Server.

My solution was to have the clients use TCP/IP protocol instead of Appletalk.

Another thing to try is make sure the host computer does NOT have File Sharing on. Having the clients use File:Open:Hosts is a better way to share the file.
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What I hadn't noticed was that the problem became much worse when first the host and then the primary client were upgraded to sys 8.6, which made things more unstable, rather than better. The solution to this particular problem came with upgrading the Farallon drivers to 2.2.1 for 8.6 compatibility.

The lesson (again) is: newer system software isn't necessarily better.
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