View Full Version : Yeah, it goes down sometimes.

02-14-2005, 05:29 AM
Don't know why yet, but the forums go down for a few minutes here and there, and I get 100 error reports all in a row. Rest assured that I know and am badgering the hosting company to find out why. You don't need to write to me to ask what's up. I don't know.

three seven
02-14-2005, 05:41 AM
I think it automatically sends you an error report every time someone tries to enter the site. I know, I'm not helping :Shrug:

02-14-2005, 05:46 AM
It does. I just meant I don't know why it goes down. It's not because there are too many users at once... the first time it went down, there were only about 3 of us online testing the forum. It seems to go down randomly a couple of times a day for a few minutes. Not a big deal. But I did get a few panicked e-mails in between all the automatic error reports. ;)

02-14-2005, 05:47 AM
You don't mind if I call you Three, right? ;) Just two more posts and you're a Super Member!

three seven
02-14-2005, 05:56 AM
I know... I'm choosing my words carefully for my next post. And yes, you can call me three. In fact since you're the boss I guess you can call me pretty much anything you like. http://www.geocities.com/thingumybobwotsit/anxious.gif

02-14-2005, 06:20 AM
Are you writing a speech?

ONE post! You are ONE post away from being a pioneer!

02-14-2005, 06:34 AM
Don't know why yet, but the forums go down for a few minutes here and there, and I get 100 error reports all in a row. Rest assured that I know and am badgering the hosting company to find out why. You don't need to write to me to ask what's up. I don't know.

I don't suppose the error reports say anything useful?

02-14-2005, 06:45 AM
They all say something like this:

Database error in vBulletin :

Link-ID == false, connect failed
mysql error:

mysql error number: 0

Date: Sunday 13th of February 2005 07:25:59 PM
Script: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/
Referer: http://www.absolutewrite.com

So we know it's a MySQL error, but no idea why. Asked our hosting company and vBulletin, and neither gave any answers.

02-14-2005, 07:18 AM
They all say something like this:

Database error in vBulletin :

Link-ID == false, connect failed
mysql error:

That means that the MySQLl server can't handle the number of requests it's getting; you're probably on a shared server, with your own database and tables, but sharing mysql. The server is saying "hold your horses! I'm busy here" and denying access temporarily for a fraction of a second, probably, to the VB code.

This is of course a heavily anthropomorphized explanation, and would make a database engineer sick <g> If you don't get a satisfactory explanation from your ISP, I know some people who, quite literally wrote the book on MySQL. I can ask around.

02-14-2005, 09:58 AM
So we know it's a MySQL error, but no idea why.

Those pesky abbreviations! Translation: "My squirrel isn't running fast enough to power the server."

I'm not complaining. ezboard goes down all the time because its hamsters are really slow.

02-14-2005, 10:09 AM
bless your heart.....i was one that went almost into tears.....when i couldn't get on earlier......sniff....sniff....

felt like my whole world...etc....etc.....(i need a life....)

:partyguy: :partyguy: :partyguy:


02-14-2005, 11:32 AM
Lisa, that makes sense. I was confused because it doesn't seem to go down when WE're at our highest traffic-- it first went down when there were only 3 of us on the boards-- but if we're on a shared server, then maybe it's going down when the OTHER sites have high traffic. I just asked my partner to follow up with the hosting company to see what they can do.

three seven
02-14-2005, 02:14 PM
Are you writing a speech?

ONE post! You are ONE post away from being a pioneer!

Don't gimme none of that jibber jabber! http://www.geocities.com/thingumybobwotsit/Mr-T.gif

02-14-2005, 05:17 PM
When I could not get on last night I cried..... and I tried many times..... It is good to know that it was not my fault.... you see I do not like computers... and I thought I had done somehting wrong.... but nooooooooooo it was the putter guy, ladie thingie.... whew....

02-14-2005, 09:38 PM
Those darn squirrels!! :mad:

02-18-2005, 05:08 AM
Yup, we were down again, for a while this time.

Am bugging my partner relentlessly, who is, in turn, bugging the hosting company.

02-18-2005, 05:13 AM
Send 'im one of these for me.... http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/Emotepoke.gif

02-18-2005, 09:24 AM
Somewhere, someone at ezboard is laughing.

02-21-2005, 02:12 AM
OK, my partner was working with our hosting company again today to try to figure out the MySQL problem. They added backup servers yesterday and the site still went down this morning. With any luck, maybe they've solved the problem today. Keep your fingers crossed. (Type badly.)

02-21-2005, 09:41 PM

There's this thing called file locking, which in anthropomorphic terms (the technically qualified folk are about to start laughing themselves into stiches) means that you've got a routine, a character, so to speak, in the current program, that needs a file or record in a database, and so it locks it, so no one else can use it while that routine is working with it. This is actually a Good Thing.

Now sometimes things go wrong; like a routine fails to unlock the file or record when it's done.

You might ask if the problems have anything to do with file locking. They'll probably say no, immediately, but the question will linger in the back of their minds, and they might take a look.

File locking issues can be a problem with MySQL.

Betty W01
02-21-2005, 11:07 PM


I've lost about a dozen posts today and am beginning to take it very personally!!


:Headbang: :Hammer: :Headbang: :Hammer:

02-21-2005, 11:33 PM
Guess I'm lucky my time on the internet is usually so limited. Haven't run into this problem yet. Keeping fingers crossed (typing horribly), knocked on wood (my head worked fine thank you), rubbed the lucky rabbit's foot (well lucky for me, unlucky for the rabbit) and sent a wish to the computer gods.

aka eraser
02-21-2005, 11:59 PM
I've lost three posts today so far. Getting that error message almost every time I use my mouse to change a page.

02-22-2005, 12:04 AM
Same here. Hope this post shows up.

02-22-2005, 12:21 AM
The board was flickering for me this morning. It would come back on after a few seconds. When I try to post a reply and get the error page, I hit "Back" to return to the reply page. My reply is still in the typing window. I wait briefly and hit "Submit Reply" again. Chances are it'll work the second time. If it doesn't work after two or three tries, and my reply is a long one that I wouldn't want to reconstruct, I go back again and copy it and save it somewhere (specifically, in an e-mail to myself, because I don't usually use this computer for word processing), to copy again and post later.

On this Mac, there are two ways to return to the previous page: "Back" and the Delete key. I use the Back button for the purpose described above because Delete will sometimes reload the page, in which case the typing window will be empty.

Betty W01
02-22-2005, 01:09 AM
Reph, when I hit "back", it takes me back to a perfectly and frustratingly blank page. My erudite response has been vaporized. Argh. So, I'm going to try to teach myself to copy before trying to post, especially if it's long or important. Otherwise, I can just come back later and blather. http://pages.prodigy.net/indianahawkeye/newpage30/1.gif

02-22-2005, 02:29 AM
I'm getting a lot of this today:

There seems to have been a slight problem with the database.

(It's driving me crazy!)

02-22-2005, 05:09 AM
"There seems to have been a slight problem with the database."

What happens when there's a major problem with the database? The screen flashes ancient curses and spits balls of peanut butter at you?

02-22-2005, 05:19 AM
Peanut butter . . . mmmmmmmmm.:Jaw: I'm ready. Shoot 'em my way!

Betty W01
02-22-2005, 05:35 AM
During a major database problem, your monitor will begin spinning around counter-clockwise and green goo will start to spew from your CPU.


Once the green goo has begun appearing, exorcism is the only answer. http://fool.exler.ru/sm/pop.gif

Brought to you by your friendly neighborhood tech support department.

02-22-2005, 05:53 AM
When your computer is down, you have to give it some Prozac. :banana:

03-05-2005, 06:30 PM
Hey, did this problem ever get fixed? The board ate up one of my replies again today. :Hammer:

03-06-2005, 06:57 PM
:confused: .....I wasn't sure where to post this. Every once in awhile when i come into this site, i get a pop up page. Something about Relevanknowledge and a Survey. I thought you paid extra so there wouldn't be any pop ups. Maybe I didn't understand right.....was just passing it on.

03-06-2005, 07:04 PM
I never get a pop up here. I think you have a spyware, Cactus. Try using spybot or Ad-aware (both free and downloadable online).

03-07-2005, 02:33 AM
Yep. Wendy, there aren't any pop-ups here, but if there's spyware on your computer (there is on mine, too, and I can't seem to get rid of it!), then pop-ups may appear randomly when you're surfing the web. In addition to Spybot and Ad-aware, AVG (free anti-virus software) picks up on some of them, as does Avast!

three seven
03-07-2005, 02:38 AM
I'd also recommend CWShredder, which can be obtained for free here. (http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html) It gets rid of the Cool Web Search trojan, which causes all manner of popups, redirections, casino/porn program downloads etc. It's a safe and valuable download. http://www.geocities.com/thingumybobwotsit/thumbsup.gif

03-07-2005, 03:28 AM
Get Firefox (http://mozilla.org). You'll never see another unwanted pop-up again.

three seven
03-07-2005, 03:32 AM
I was going to get Firefox, until I read that it's hopelessly insecure. And Google pop-up blocker does its job admirably.

03-07-2005, 04:03 AM
I've not heard of security issues with Firefox. I've heard it about IE, though. Tell me please, what did you hear?

three seven
03-07-2005, 04:14 AM
Can't remember what I was reading now, but there's something about it here. (http://www.pcworld.com/resource/article/0,aid,119833,pg,1,RSS,RSS,00.asp) (This article is actually more about what they're doing to fix it, but it suggests to me that I'd be constantly having to update the thing, which I haven't got time to worry about.)

03-07-2005, 06:10 AM
Thanks, 3-7. I hadn't heard this before. IMHO, I don't think it's any worse than IE, and I really like the other features Firefox has. Guess I'll keep it.