Event Viewer

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 28 July 1998 / Last Updated on 28 July 1998]

Windows NT keeps track on any special event in the Event Log.
And if something goes really wrong on the system, you get a message like:

In such cases, ALWAYS have a look to the "Event Viewer" (part of the Administrative Tools):

(NT4-Server Event-Log can be viewed on a Windows95/98 system via the NT-Server Tools)

There are 3 logs, but you should view the System Log:

The messages have a different level:

Information: view it after a system is installed to verify, that everything
is in good condition
Warning: view it, it requires most the time a correction
Failure: A serious problem caused a failure

Lets have a look at some typical messages:

An information:
The system advises, that the definition of COM1 does NOT match the PC-BIOS.
Reason: I had deactivated COM1 in the BIOS to install an internal Modem
on COM1.

An information: The Browse-Master had to be elected, because the system currently acting as Browse-Master had been stopped (Now you know, why you could not see during that time anything in the Network Neighborhood)

an information: the IPX-protocol was configure for "Auto-Frame", NT has
detected on the network the frame for 802.3 and it using it now.

A failure: The system is configure for an NE2000 network board, but it could not find that board. The board may be broken or your network card is a different type.

A Failure: The network board is not working properly (in this case, the network cable was not connected properly).

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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