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Network not responding not generating an error message

Posted on 2007-11-21
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I am using Windows XP Pro with a Windows Small Business Server.  I double-click a short-cut on the desktop, that fires off an exe file that sits on the server.  Most of the time, it starts the exe with no complaints.  Sometimes, it will not start the exe, it will do nothing, and it does not give any error message.  It's as if I am not even clicking on the short-cut.  If I wait a few minutes, or reboot the PC, it then "comes back to life" and everything starts to work.  Because it generates no error message, I do not know where to turn.
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Chances are the UNC path or mapped drive the short-cut connects to is a stale or unestablished connection.  You also could be having network issues.  Check to make sure offline files isn't enabled also.  That could cause issues for you if looks to your shortcut like it is actually running the executable file on the server but is actually running it locally via offline files, or simply can't find it.
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why does it not give me an error message?
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I seem to recall seeing that type of behavior before.  Try changing it to use a UNC path rather than a mapped drive, if that is the case.

For example, rather than the shortcut pointing to P:\directory\file.exe

try

\\server\share\directory\file.exe

See if that fixes the problem.
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by:Rob Williams
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Before clicking the icon try pinging the server to make sure the connection is working (awake).
If pinging the server works, and doing so each time resolves the problem, one or the other network adapters may be powered off, and not "waking up" fast enough. This can be disabled by going to device manager | right click on the network adapter and choosing properties | power management | un-check " allow this computer to turn off this device to save power"
(Option does not exist for all adapters but it does for most.)
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by:Rob Williams
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Thanks dastaub.
Cheers !
--Rob
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