12-05-2018 02:08 PM
The SQL Server (ACT7) is not running.
I go into services as administrator and select
it to start automaticly. but the next time
opening ACT receive the message is SQL is not running.
The Protexis Licensing stays set to Start automatically
I am using ACT pro v18 on a Windows 7 OS
The only change is the hard drive was formated and
a fresh installation was completed.
Thanks for suggestions to eliminate this occurrence.
12-06-2018 06:27 PM
Did you also manually start the service before running Act?
There are times, often after a Windows update, that SQL Server (Act7) will fail to start automatically, and you will have to manually start the service. Doesn't happen often, but it does happen.
12-06-2018 07:16 PM
12-06-2018 07:39 PM
After 20 years an ACT user I'm also about to quit; the owner doesn't offer hotfixes for know issues but rather sell an upgrade which has issues also.
What alternate software have you heard is a good alternative?
12-06-2018 07:51 PM
Yes, sorry. I wasn't suggesting that you should set it to "Manual" start, but rather that you "Start" the service when it does not start automatically. You want "SQL Server (Act7)" to set to "Automatic" start.
12-06-2018 08:05 PM
Are you running v18 SP2, Update 6? If not, you might want to do those updates.
12-06-2018 11:26 PM
Try this free Act! add-on from Keystroke...
12-07-2018 01:30 AM
If you are having issues with SQL starting I would set the service start up type to be (Automatic) delayed start and then click on the recovery tab so that if there is a failure it re-starts the service. This means if your machine is slow at starting up then SQL will wait for other services to start first before trying and then failing to start correctly.
12-07-2018 06:52 AM
I switched to Redtail. I'm in the financial services industry and it is more relevant to my business. I really wanted to stick with ACT, since I've been using them for so long, but I've spent far too many hours on the phone with tech support over the past 5 weeks. If this software is supposed to be compatible with Windows 10, then users should NOT have to go through extra steps with SQL just to get ACT to open, and those extra steps don't always work. After I sent in a complaint, they did offer to step me up to tier 2 support(?), but it's too late for me. I've already switched. Can't afford to waste any more time on this issue.