Joined: 04 Jun 2008
Location: Burton on Trent, England
|Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:42 pm Post subject: Probably me being a numbnuts...
Different problem hence second topic! This one I think is just my own stupidity, but I'm posting it just in case others are having the same problem and it's not "just me".
Twice now (in quick succession - a couple of days apart) when running AS I've had an issue whereby sieves I've finished with will not close, and I've lost items from my AS watchlist - but AS doesn't crash or freeze outright. If I centre click (button under the windows mouse wheel) on the sieve (or right click on the sieve tab and select Close [sieve name]) then all the items in the main results window disappear, but the sieve itself stays open, it cannot be closed. Even more wierdly, if I click on the ignore auctions already seen tickbox (normally ticked on all my sieves) all the results for the sieve come back (other than those with trash words), then if I click the tickbox again only the results from this time (those I've not seen before todays search) are left...
The first time this happened I was unable to open items (view them in my browser), but I could still add them to the watchlist - although they weren't there when I restarted AS (hence workaround 1). The second time I was still able to add items to the AS watchlist and also open items (view them in my browser - hence workaround 2) - but upon restart the AS watchlist reverted to an earlier state and I lost many items from it.
I *think* the cause both times was that windows lost sight of the flash drive on which AS was running. The first time could have been due to it being connected via a hub (which may have overheated...); that time I couldn't see any files on the flash drive in windows explorer even though the drive letter was still present - the drive was not wiped though. The second time I bashed the flash drive sticking out of the front of another machine, getting the windows dings as it rapidly disconnected and then reconnected. I could still see the files on the flash drive OK, and the flash drive still functions perfectly (I've just completed another AS search from it now).
The workarounds are:
1) Give up and revert back to a backup (generally I backup my flash drive every time it gets plugged in) - but of course I have to find everything I want from each sieve again - I get more to sort through than usual because I'm looking at 2 days or more of results rather than just 1 - and it takes time.
2) To gradually view everything in my watch list, and then add them all to a new ebay list (in addition to the watchlist - did you know you can "watch" more than 200 items now? I have created an "in case AS fails" list!) just in case they are lost when I close AS. Of course, this takes time as well, as does comparing the new ebay list with my ebay watchlist.
I'm using AS 2.5.2 running from a flash drive on Windows XP SP3 with Firefox 3.6.10. The same symptom has happened on two different home PCs (but with the same flash drive install of AS each time).