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In the past, I haven't had problems running UniServer from whatever USB Drive I've installed it on. That is until recently. When attempting to run UniServer on any of the computers in my home network, I get the message that drive w is busy, even when I know that I haven't mapped the drive.

 

The mystery is this, on both of the two systems, I can create a synchonized copy of the entire site (using Window's "Briefcase") or run UniServer "Stand Alone" on either computer, UniServer runs fine.

 

To further deepen the mystery, when I go to school (college) and run UniServer off the same USB Drive that "fails" at home, the server is "pleased as punch" to run on the USB Drive as it was intended.

 

I have seen circumstances where another server, especially if its an Apache server is already running, where UniServer will not run. However, I'm at a loss as to why on the very same computer, with no other change than moving it from the USB drive to the fixed disk, its able to run one place (on the hard drive) and not the other.

 

As I have posed this question I may have answered my own question; but, I do want more input in regards to this difficulty.

 

It has occurred to me if I haven't given the (on the USB Drive) Server & mySQL permission to run by either my Firewall or AntiVirus, that it could account for my being able to run it "one place" and not the "other".

 

In a related question, I notice that the start up of UniServer creates a "virtual drive" using the DOS SUBST Command. Is it possible to allow it to run off a networked drive?

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Right now, my brain is not well fitted on my head... i have been studing and doing things for the whole week and now you have put my into a bad condition.

 

I have no idea what it is you are saying now, :angry: like you saying blah blah and blah ;) just joking... ;) lol

 

Anways, is this what you are saying: you are trying to run Uniform Server off a networked mapped drive from another computer... is it? what is it with the briefcase again... please can you explain it to me simplisticly (if that word exists) cause now my brian is about to explode. I have a test tomorrow and been working also doing custom programming to get some $$$.

 

Thanks :D :) ;)

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A briefcase is a way of synchronizing files and folders between two locations. The problem is that when run off a flash drive, Uniformserver will not start, even thought that flash drive has the exact same files.

All I can think of is that it's something to do with the subst not working because it's on a device that itself has just been temporarily mounted

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I know what the Windows Briefcase is elyk :angry: but didn't quiet get what it was he was saying. Anyways, i do not think you can mount a SUBST drive to a mapped networked drive. ;)

 

Thanks elyk for the explanation...

 

BTW: I passed the test and got accepted. Got my admission 2 days earlier though ;) but i passed the test ;)

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Sorry for the confusion.

 

Actually, my question was a two for one deal and they ran together a bit. Since I posted last, I have resolved one of my issues :D

 

The mysterious operation of the server on my thumb drive I believe as linked to a vital factor which I neglected to mention in my original post. The difficulties that I was having with UniServer where while the USB Drive was connected to a 2.0 hub. My desktop has an after market USB 2.0 PCI card installed (essentially a hub) and I was attempting to run the drive off a usb hub off one of my onboard ports.

 

Once I connected the USB drive directly into my laptop's USB Port, I succeeded in the normal operation of UniServer.

 

During my attempts to understand the latter problem, I had thought the batch file used to start UniServer was to blame because it kept insisting drive w was busy when it wasn't. Now, as I understand it, the start.bat file makes sure that there isn't another server running and that a substituted drive isn't already into affect. Is there a way to alter the start up process to run from a Network Mapped drive W rather than using the DOS SUBST command. :angry:

 

I hope this clears things up a bit.

 

Right now, my brain is not well fitted on my head... i have been studing and doing things for the whole week and now you have put my into a bad condition.

 

I have no idea what it is you are saying now, ;) like you saying blah blah and blah :) just joking... ;) lol

 

Anways, is this what you are saying: you are trying to run Uniform Server off a networked mapped drive from another computer... is it? what is it with the briefcase again... please can you explain it to me simplisticly (if that word exists) cause now my brian is about to explode. I have a test tomorrow and been working also doing custom programming to get some $$$.

 

Thanks :D :) ;)

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