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Ajax Timer in update panel causing 502 errors

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Hi. We have an ajax timer in an asp.net master page that triggers a partial page post back. The timer fires every 10 seconds.

I’m getting 502 errors in IE6 and firefox (not IE8) if the timer is firing at the same times as a full postback is happening – ie the user has clicked a button.
Obviously this is because the ajax call is trying to modify a page that no longer exists (as it’s mid postback).

Is there a way to detect when the timer triggers if a postback has been initiated? I know the simple solution is to turn the timer off when a full postback button is clicked before executing the code (I assume this would work), but as this is in a master page it’ll be a big job to go through all the pages that use this master page.
Any ideas?

The asp.net application is on an intranet, hence using a timer with a 10 second interval.
IE8 handles the fact that the page has changed happily and never gives the error. I can replicate the behaviour in IE6, firefox and chrome.
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>>Is there a way to detect when the timer triggers if a postback has been initiated?

if (Page.IsPostBack)

        {

            // get a reference to ScriptManager and check if we have a partial postback

            if (ScriptManager.GetCurrent(this.Page).IsInAsyncPostBack)

            {

                // partial (asynchronous) postback occured

                // insert Ajax custom logic here

            }

            else

            {

                // regular full page postback occured

                // custom logic accordingly                

            }

        }
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by:silemone
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or you can see which object is triggering the postback:
You can also cancel postbacks depending on ID, or cause a button click at the end of Postback...

This is javascript, similarly using PageRequestManager...has more control...more options
//goes right after your <form..> tag
 <asp:ToolkitScriptManager ID='tsm' runat='server' EnablePageMethods="true" ></asp:ToolkitScriptManager>
<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
        Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManager.getInstance().add_beginRequest(BeginRequestHandler);
        Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManager.getInstance().add_endRequest(EndRequestHandler);
        var elem;
       
        function BeginRequestHandler(sender, args) {
            elem = args.get_postBackElement();
            if (elem.id.toLowerCase() == "fillWithElementIDYouAreLookingFor") {
                  //do something    
           }
          
        }
        function EndRequestHandler(sender, args) {
            if (elem.toLowerCase == "YourElementID") {
                alert("that did it");
             }
        }
          </script>

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thanks guys - just the pointers that i needed
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