Point of Sale freezes when opening on a client workstation

Point of Sale freezes when opening on a client workstation

Point of Sale freezes or stops working when opening on a client workstation

 

A problem we have been seeing occur with more frequency lately is when opening POS on a client workstation it seems to freeze up or stops responding. You see the Select Company window but you can’t enter anything in the Select a Company Data file field. There have also been reports that the only thing that can be done at this point is to restart the computer. Here are some possible solutions for this issue.

 

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This problem could be caused by any of 5 different things.
1. The server is not in multi-user mode.
2. A firewall is blocking access to the server.
3. Either the server, client, or both is/are having trouble connecting to the network.
4. You are connection with a dynamic or changing IP address.
5. Your client workstation(s) are not on the same Windows Service Pack.

 

Steps to take:

Make sure your server is in multi-user mode.
Under the File drop-down menu should be the option to either Switch Company File to Single User mode or Switch Company File to Multi User mode. If says Switch Company File to Multi User mode, click it and then try connecting with the client again.
If it says Switch Company File to Single User mode, click it and close POS. Open POS again and click File > Switch Company File to Multi User mode and try connecting again from the client.

 

Configure all firewalls to allow POS accdess to the network
Intuit has a tool that you can download that will test your firewalls and even configure at leat the Windows firewall for you. You can get instruction for using this tool and the download link here: http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/support/Articles/HOW12643. There are also links there for additional help in configuring your firewalls.

Test the workstation’s access to the network and edit the host file.

Note: The following steps can be used to test the network. If you are not comfortable with making changes to your network, you may want to consult a network specialist before proceeding.

 

The following steps are taken directly from Intuit’s online support database.

Step A:

Ping the server computer to test network connectivity

 

Note: In Windows 7 and Vista, the IP address is also referred to as the IPv4 address.

1.Get the computer name and IP address of the Point of Sale server computer:

a.On the Point of Sale server computer, click the Windows Start button and select Run (In Windows 7 and Vista, click Start and choose All Programs > Accessories > Run.)
b.In the Open field, enter cmd and click OK. A DOS window opens.
c.At the prompt in the window, enter ipconfig /all, and press Enter.
d.Under the Windows IP Configuration heading, locate the Host Name line and write down the name you see there. This is the name of the Point of Sale server computer.
e.Under the Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection heading, locate and write down the IP address. This is the IP address of the Point of Sale server computer.
f.Close the window.

2.Verify (ping) the IP address from the Point of Sale client computer:

a.On the Point of Sale client computer, click the Windows Start button and select Run (In Windows 7 and Vista, click Start and choose All Programs > Accessories > Run).
b.In the Open field, enter cmd and click OK. A DOS window opens.
c.In the window, enter ping xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP address you wrote down in step 1e. Press Enter.
d.The window should display: pinging [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] with 32 bytes of data.

Ping responses are:

Reply from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, if it successfully found the IP address of the Point of Sale server computer.
Request timed out, if it can’t find the Point of Sale server computer.

 

Note: If this happens, contact an IT specialist to determine why the network is not accessible.

e.Close the window. If the ping command successfully located the IP address of the Point of Sale server computer, continue with the next step.

3.Verify (ping) the server from the client computer:

a.On the Point of Sale client computer, click the Windows Start button and select Run (In Windows 7 and Vista, click Start and choose All Programs > Accessories > Run).
b.In the Open field, enter cmd and click OK. A DOS window opens.
c.In the window, type ping host-name. For host-name, use the name you noted in step 1d. Press Enter.
d.The display should read: pinging hostname [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] with 32 bytes of data. In this case [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] is the IP address that was associated with the server (host) name.

Ping responses are:

Reply from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, if it successfully associated the host name with the IP address of the Point of Sale server computer.
Request timed out, if it cannot associate the host name of the Point of Sale server computer. If this happens, try step B.

Step B: (Optional) Edit the Host file to direct the client workstation to the server manually.

Note: Your client workstation should be able to connect to the server without resorting to this step. If performing this resolves your issue, you may want to contact your network specialist to determine whether a network setup issue is interfering with your client finding the server automatically.

1.Find the computer name of the server workstation

Note: This is the same server name and IP address you determined in step A1.
a.On the server workstation, click the Windows Start button. In the Start Search field, type cmd and press the Enter key.
b.In the MS-DOS window, type ipconfig/all and press Enter.
c.Under Windows IP Configuration, locate and write down the Host Name.
d.Under Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection, locate and write down the IP address, and then close the window.

 

2.Edit the Host file on your client workstation

Windows 7

Important: The Hosts file cannot be edited in its current location and you will have to copy it to the desktop to make the changes detailed below.

a.Right-click the Windows Start and select Open Windows Explorer.
b.Click Computer in the left window and go to C:WindowsSystem32Driversetc.
c.Copy and paste the Hosts file to your desktop: i.Right-click the Hosts file and select Copy.
ii.Minimize the window, right-click any free space on your Desktop, and select Paste.

If you don’t see a Hosts file

1.Return to your Point of Sale server workstation.
2.Choose File > Company Operations.
3.Select Create new company and click Next.
4.Enter a company name and click Create.
5.Return to the client workstation and look for the Hosts file. Continue with the steps below and once the client opens successfully, toggle back to your

original company file on your server.

d.On your Desktop, double-click the Hosts file. When prompted, choose Notepad as the program to open it.
e.Click in the first available line after the last IP address listed and type the IP address of the server.
f.Press the Tab key once, and then type the name of the server.
g.Choose File > Save and then close the file.
h.Copy the new Hosts file back to the etc folder:
i.On the desktop, right-click the Hosts file and select Copy.

ii.Return to the window you minimized earlier, right-click any free space, and click Paste.
iii.When it asks whether you’d like to overwrite the file, click Yes.

i.Open Point of Sale.

 

Windows XP and Vista

 

a.Right-click the Windows Start and select Open Windows Explorer.
b.Click Computer in the left window and go to C:WindowsSystem32Driversetc.
c.Double-click the Hosts file. When prompted, choose Notepad as the program to open it.
d.Click in the first available line after the last IP address listed and type the IP address of the server.
e.Press the Tab key once, and then type the name of the server.
f.Choose File > Save.
g.Close the file and open Point of Sale.

 

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