Mapped drive takes forever to show folders - only specific drive letter

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by ButtonPuncher, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. ButtonPuncher

    ButtonPuncher [H]Lite

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    Has anyone run into a problem where you have a mapped drive and it takes a minute or two to show the folder list after clicking on it? My Computer/Explorer completely freezes until the folder list is shown. If I disconnect the share and change the drive letter, everything is back to normal. If I change the drive letter back, then the problem returns. There is also constant network activity while it is sitting there frozen.

    This is driving me nuts. I have a small network with 40 computers on it. Just a few days ago 6 of them started doing this.

    They are all XP SP3 and our server is running Win2k Server SP4. Here's what I've tried so far:

    MSConfig to disable all startup programs and services.
    Disabled the Webclient service.
    Disabled the Windows Image Acquisition service.
    Run net use * /del /yes to delete all shares

    If I access the server directly, it's fine. \server\data So it's not a DNS issue. It's just as soon as I map it with that one drive letter. If I change it to another letter, the problem is gone.

    All 6 computers are running different versions of Office and Autocad. I am having an impossible time trying to find a common thread. The only thing that I can think of is that a recent Windows Update is causing it.

    I can't change the drive letter on the map because autocad references the files by the drive letter, not the UNC name.

    Let me know if you have any ideas.

    Thanks,
    Ben
     
  2. ButtonPuncher

    ButtonPuncher [H]Lite

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    I figured it out.

    There was a feature in Explorer on these particular computers. The "music task bar."

    I just went into Folder Options -> View and hit "Reset all Folders" and "Restore Defaults"

    Problem solved.

    What a pain.

    I still don't know why it was only affecting one drive letter and why it only surfaced now. Must have been a WMP update recently. I've really got to get WSUS up and running.

    Later,
    Ben