Subject RE: [ib-support] Connect to Firebird from Windows
Author Martyn Shiner

IBExpert (as recomended on your site!) gives me the following error:

Attempting to connect to:

Connecting... Failed!
Unsuccessful execution caused by a system error that precludes
successful execution of subsequent statements.
Unable to complete network request to host "".
Error reading data from the connection.

>>- is the dns set up right? (usually if you can ping the server (and the
FB server is really started) it works)<<
I can ping the server from the DOS command line.

>>- do you have "gds_db 3050/tcp" in your SERVICES file?<<

>>- do you have the right connect string? (SERVERNAME:LOCALPATH for TCP) <<
Well I tried with no luck (see

>>- can you connect with other tools (WISQL, IB_SQL...)? <<
No, but I tried the comms diagnostics in IBExpert personal edition and they
all checked out as ok against the server (3050, gds_db etc).

>>if no luck, could you give more details (Win OS, full connect string..)
and then...<<
Linux = mandrake 8.1, windoze = 98. Connection string on linux
connect ''; works OK whenI add
the user name and password.

I am basically stumped.