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I am trying to retrieve data about the network adapter into Access, to do this I first need to create a file with data generated by the ipconfig command

Shell "cmd /c ipconfig /all >C:\dev\ip.txt"

I then read the ip.txt file into MS Access and extract the data I need (the pysical ethernet address) The problem is that the program does not wait long enough for the shell command to create the file and it then generates an error as the file has not yet been created. If I run the program again without deleting the file ip.txt it all works fine.

Any suggestions on how to make the program wait until the file has been created would be appreciated.

John

Background
The reason I am doing this is to ensure that the program can only be run on a designated computer. There may be easier ways than using the physical address of the network adapter. Any suggestions as to alternative ways of achieving this would be good.
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May be will be enough to get, for example, MAC address:
http://www.ozgrid.com/forum/showthread.php?t=152338
In sample not declared variable GetNetworkConnectionMACAddress
Add line
Dim GetNetworkConnectionMACAddress As String
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by:hnasr
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Try this:
Form1:
Private Sub Command2_Click()
    DoCmd.OpenForm "Form2", acNormal, , , , acDialog
    MsgBox ("BACK FROM DIALOG") ' this will wait untill you close Form2
    ' add your code to read the text file here.
End Sub

Form2:
Private Sub Command2_Click()
     Shell "cmd /c ipconfig /all >D:\ip.txt"
     ' you may use timer event to check for the existance of text file.
     'then dispose of Form2 to resume code in Form1
Exit Sub
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