Windows XP forum: ThorConnWndClass & Outlook

by: johnnyrich2002 December 26, 2004 4:33 PM PST

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ThorConnWndClass & Outlook

by johnnyrich2002 - 12/26/04 4:33 PM

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Hi all - I've been having problems with Outlook (particularly). I'm using 2003 but it's probably not version specific. After some time of inactivity Outlook would refuse to Send/Receive (would lock-up through the process). I had to kill the Outlook process and then restart Outlook. All was OK for some more(?) time.

If I didn't kill the Outlook process but instead tried to close down the machine I would get an error message (ThorConnWndClass not responding etc.). which had to be told (or allowed) to close.

Also, on my (home) network...

1. I was UNABLE to initiate a Remote Desktop session from my laptop to the main machine on which Outlook was running. I found that by going to the main machine and opening up the ZoneAlarm GUI I was able to run RDP from the laptop - this turned out in the end to be a red herring!

2. I was UNABLE to print from my laptop to the shared printer on the main machine. I used to resolve it in the same way as above (ZoneAlarm GUI - again a red herring).

3. On the main machine I have several batch files for back-up purposes, which attempt to contact various network drives. I was finding that connection was being lost to those drives. I was having to put commands into the batch files which would 'wakeup' the network drives e.g. 'Explorer S:'. This would launch a window and all would be OK for a while.

4. As with 3 above, I had shortcuts on the main machine desktop to files which were stored on a network drive. Clicking on these links gave no response unless I hap previously 'woken-up' the (network) drive.

I've seen various replies to help requests on the Outlook question and have tried as many as seemed practical (and which I understood!).

I've found a solution for me at least. It sounds so simple now but it took a long time to get to this point. I've set the screensaver to 'None' and all now seems OK - I'm delighted and hope that this might help someone else.

The screensaver I was using was nothing fancy - one I've used many times over the years - just the 'My Pictures SlideShow' screensaver supplied with XP. Whether it's something to do with one or more of the images I used (all my own .JPGs) I don't know. All I do know is that the above problems have disappeared from the system and I'm a happy bunny once more!!!

Hope this helps someone else out there

JR

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