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Greetings all,

I have an issue... my friends business has 6 computers all workstations. there is 1 program that is shared off 1 of the workstations, everything else id sone locally alond with printers etc... The 1 program is the main one that keeps all the customer info, accounts etc... It is backed up weekly via cdrw.

We have been having a lot of issues when this 1 program is running with both the program and network the software manufacturer says it is because we are running the program off a workstation and not a server. I don't think that is the case and think they are trying to pass the buck for their crappy program.

What would you guys suggest for a 6 node network with only 1 shared program, individual dial up AOL, witgh only 3 printers?

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I think the company that's trying to pass the buck is all wet. I really doubt that it has anything to do with the host machine. Of course, until you address that issue with them, they'll always have a convenient scapegoat. :rolleyes:
 

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what kind of issues do you have with what kind of program ?
You said individual dial up...meaning each pc has a DUN setup and thats how you get online ? and each pc has its own printer ?
And how's AOL treating you ? maybe if you let us know more about your network topology/setup/OS's , we can figure something out for you .... :D

ah, btw, welcome to TSF !!!!
 

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Thank you yes i am new.

Well We have 6 pc's 2 running win XP pro 4 running windows 98. we have a dedicated dial up line that is run to all of them allowing only one to connect at a time (not much need for internet) Each one has it's own MS Office etc... and savces their own documents and such on their own PC's. All PC's access 1 program which is loaded on a brand new p4 1.8 512mb ram PC. This program is the main one used to control all the customer info and activity. This program was DOS based but they pushed us to upgrade to the new windows version because they were not going to support the DOS one anymore.. Ever since we have had nothing but problems such as people dropping off the network, Accessing the program is sometimes impossable. it freezes etc.. right now the software mfgr is having us write down the errors the office ladies get but this has been going on for 2 months. They say it is because we are running the program on a workstation not a server!

There is 1 printer that the bills are printed on every month but every other PC has it's own printer. Everything runs into a hub which i am assuming is a 10/100 hub but i really do not know. I know when i upgraded everything worked fine. It is to the point that the boss is thinking of buying another program like this one: http://www.desertmicro.net/tour_Route_custmaint.htm
 

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hey, hows it going ?
Its seems like you have a decent setup for a basic network...aldough if you just have a hub, I would replace it with a switch...If you wanna know about the difference between two, go here You can also get a decent proxy or use MS ICS and route all the PC's to access internet through one machine....Im not too familiar with the software you're using but it seems like they're running around in circles...You can trough this site :

http://download.com.com/2001-2010-0.html?tag=dir

Maybe you can find something more suitable for your business and something that puts less stress on everyone...


G/L
 

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Can't i just buy a lynksys cable router and use that as the replacement hub? (i dunno if there is a switch in them) that way we can get internet asccess shared and may solve any problems with network traffic?
 

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I don't think there is any real cause for you to change your network equipment - you're only using one shared program. Ethernet was designed to work in a CSMA/CD environment (such as you have) (Carrier sense multiple access/ with collision detection). If you switch to a switch (;)) it isn't going to fix your problem. And, you don't use the internet that much, so it isn't really an issue right now either to move to broadband.

The problem is you're using a database in a client server mode when you're running your network in a peer to peer mode.

There ARE some databases that are designed as client/server. And there ARE some capabilities that exist on a Windows server which don't on a workstation.

So, if this is the Key piece of software that the business operates on and the manufacturer is telling you you're doing it wrong, I think it would be prudent to listen to the manufacturer. If you've done everything they tell you to do and you still have problems, then it's their problem, not yours.

You could maybe pick up a copy of NT4.0 Server somewhere for a discount price and put that on your "server" and you'll be good to go. Check with the software peeps if it'll run on NT. They might want Win2K Server.
 
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