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Solutions: Remove hitch from auto backup

I have a home wireless network and have Windows XP SP3 Pro on one machine and Windows XP SP3 Home on the others. The Pro machine has a second data hard drive that all machines automatically back up data to once a week. The XP Home machines have drive mapping to the data hard drive. The "Reconnect at login" box is checked. The problem is on the day of backup, if I don't open the mapped drive one time from My Computer on the XP Home machines the backup will not occur. The backup program error states that the backup location could not be found. Any ideas?

This is most likely due to resource-saving by the operating system. Windows can drop idle connections after a time-out period, which defaults to 15 minutes. Changing it involves a simple registry change (back up your registry and/or set a System Restore point before proceeding): On the shared server, click Start, Run, type Regedit and click OK. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\parameters. Click to select the Autodisconnect value and then on the Edit menu, click Modify. In the Value data box type ffffffff and then click OK.

My computer works fine but every so often the monitor screen turns red and stays that way for a few days then suddenly clears up. All connections are secure.

Sounds as if your monitor is starting to go. You can connect to another working monitor and see if you experience the same issue. If your PC uses a separate video card adaptor and you're comfortable working inside your PC, you can open it and re-seat the video card adaptor.

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Solutions: Remove hitch from auto backup 10/17/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 17, 2008 10:53pm]
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