PC stalls when opening files, but only when not connected to the backbone

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by ejb190, Jul 27, 2017.

  1. ejb190 macrumors 65816

    ejb190

    #1
    Yes, this is a PC question. I have successfully stumped the IT guys (again). Their solution is "live with it", which to me is a total copout. So I thought I'd post about it here and see if anyone had seen something similar.

    I work for a state government. My office is in my home. I have Windows 7 Professional. When I want to connect to the server, I use a VPN via Cisco AnyConnect and two-factor authentication. When I'm connected to the VPN, everything is peachy.

    When I am not connected to the VPN (i.e. most of the time) is when the trouble starts. This happens often when I try to open a file directly and every time I try to access the file directory (File:Open) - the system hangs for 20-40 seconds. For instance, when opening a PDF, Acrobat opens, it stalls, and Not Responding appears in the top bar. Give it a bit, and it will open. Same thing with Word, Excel, Outlook, even FileMaker 7 (yah, long story...).

    So the best thing I can come up with is that the computer is trying to map unconnected network drives every time I access a file directory, irregardless of if I'm currently accessing a local file. When they are connected - no problem. When they aren't connected - we get a stall while the computer tries to find H: and I:. And when I try to show the IT guys, I have to meet them in a different office and the problem can't be duplicated because all the internet connections are on the backbone with the network drives...

    What I can't figure is why or what to do about it. Anyone ever see something similar?

    The easy solution is to always connect to the VPN - what a pain in the neck. The other solution is to "live with it"...
     
  2. Mikael H macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2014
    #2
    The system attempting to map unconnected network drives as you wrote is a good starting point.

    - Does your system's group policies set your default document location to a network location, for example?
    - If it happens when you're trying to open specific documents, I'd check those documents for references to documents on network drives.
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...document/a28644c2-f8ca-4da3-8046-a60e58d4e4fe
    http://www.techrepublic.com/forums/discussions/referencing-another-word-document-in-a-word-document/
     
  3. daflake macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    #3
    Are they running any type of HIPS? Could also be a virus scan that is trying to phone home.
     
  4. ejb190, Aug 1, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2017

    ejb190 thread starter macrumors 65816

    ejb190

    #4
    Thanks. These are some good places to start. I'll have to look into them.

    Let me give you some more information:
    1. My division has 8 field staff who have similar computer setups. I'm the only one who seems to be having this issue.
    2. I have had this issue every since I have had this current laptop.
    3. Our IT department is...obsessive. Our machines are starting to get so locked down, I'm not even sure I can check the settings! They've even locked out USB drives because someone wasn't following their policy. Don't get me wrong. I know we have a lot of really sensitive information and we are a pretty big target for hackers. I just get tired of being restricted across the board to the lowest common denominator.
    Of the settings I can change, most revert whenever I connect to the backbone. So I'm not sure I can solve this longterm. But figuring out an issue the tech support guys couldn't would be it's own satisfaction!
     

Share This Page