Chat with us, powered by LiveChat Performance IssuesBug:  Commspy.txt file accumulates in Windows directory affecting performance When using any IntoxNet version 3.1.0 through 3.3.5, a file named "Commspy.txt", accumulates over time in your c:windows directory (c:winnt directory on Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 computers), becoming progressively larger over time.  This file may come to occupy a significant amount of disk space over time, and IntoxNet writing to this file may adversly affect its performance.  For example, it has been reported that the logging activity this file on some computers has affected the performance signicantly enough to cause repeated firmware upgrading problems of the EC/IR, requiring several recovery attempts before success may be possible.Keywords: IntoxNet commspy.txt "firmware upgrade failed" slow SaxComm8.ocx "large file" - Intoximeters
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A problem in a third party communications control component used by IntoxNet, “SaxComm8.ocx”, has been identified as the source of this problem.  This comunications control component supports a developmental diagnotic communcations logging capability, which IntoxNet turns on only when spefically instructed to do so via command line arguments supplied to IntoxNet.

It has been determined that a bug exists in the different versions of the SaxComm8 control included in all IntoxNet releases between 3.1.0 and 3.3.5.  If you have an earlier or a later version of IntoxNet, you are not affected by this issue.  The problem is that the control logs communications events regardless of whether it has been configured to do so, or not.

An updated version of the SaxComm8 control has been made available subsequent to our reporting of this situation to the manufacturer, which corrects the problem behavior in its entirety.

To correct this situation, download the updated SaxComm8.ocx control using the link at the end of this article, and “Save” it to your c:windowssystem32 (c:winntsystem32 directory on Windows NT and 2000 computers), replacing the existing file of the same name.

Once you have done this, delete any “commspy.txt” file which may exist in your c:windows directory (“c:winnt directory on NT and 2000 PCs) to recover the disk space.  The logging activity to this file will now be discontinued, and the communications issues resolved.

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