Windows XP Minor Network Connectivity Issues - please help

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Atreju, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. Atreju

    Atreju Guest

    On my Windows XP system, I am experiencing the following problem, and
    this also has occasionally happened on another system, but I'm not
    able to track down the cause.

    On a fresh bootup, my network drives connect just fine. However, if I
    launch an application that relies on a network file, such as my
    contact management software, it initially tells me it can't find the
    file (*the specifics are below). If I go to Windows Explorer and just
    open the network drive once, I can then close it and open the network
    software and it launches fine, doesn't prompt me for the file.
    Basically it is as though the network connection is there, but not
    seen by software until I browse the network drive.

    Occasionally, also, any shortcuts that I have on the Desktop and in
    Quick Launch toolbar will show a default 'lack of icon icon' the
    little square that basically just looks like a small window. For the
    desktop if I repeatedly refresh it eventually picks them up. For the
    Quicklaunch I almost always have to go into the shortcut, and select
    "change icon" just accept the one that's there and hit Ok.

    Now, here are the two suspects I have that could be causing these

    Kerio Personal Firewall
    Windows XP SP2

    I cannot think of anything that would do this, however. I have all the
    permissions allowed in KPF for any Windows components, full access to
    the LAN and even Internet. As for Windows XP's "security center" I
    have the firewall shut off, and deselected from all network devices.

    Any advice or ideas would be appreciated, thanks.

    [*]Specifics of the aforementioned software:
    I am using Goldmine 5.7.
    The prompt I receive is for the Borland Database Engine. I have a
    local install, which, if you know GM, is not actually the whole
    program, but enough to run the executables locally. My database and
    the BDE are on the network drive. This is a typical prompt that GM
    will ask for the BDE if it cannot make the network connection to the

    [**]Other system info:
    Pentium 4 with HT CPU "Northwood"
    1 GB RAM
    Intel D865PERL motherboard

    Atreju, Aug 8, 2005
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  2. Atreju

    Harrison Guest

    Disable both firewalls temporarily and try again.
    Harrison, Aug 8, 2005
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