Every HP 3000 contains an ODBC database link tool. ODBCLink/SE was engineered by MBFA, then bundled in with the HP 3000 operating system. The software has been available since MPE/iX 6.0, so that covers close to a decade's worth of releases. MB Foster has offered an upgrade to the 3000 community to expand the tool's power, an upgrade at a discount.
Keeping ODBCLink/SE running isn't complex, but it can require more than just keeping the 3000 plugged in to your building's power source. You have to keep up with some patches if things change in your environment. Current HP support customers can get updates, online, for the bundled software.
On the HP 3000 Internet newsgroup, one 3000 user was trying to keep the link tool from hanging up. HP's Cathlene McRae, Senior Response Center Engineer, offered a few solutions to the problem.
If you are getting a number of hangs from the ODBCLink/SE driver you may need to do one of the following:
1) Update the version of the ODBCLink/SE driver. The current version is g04.05. Run odbcutse.odbcse.sys to discover your current version.
If the version is f.xx or e.xx, you should update. If you need a newer version of ODBCLink/SE you will need to open a case with the HP Response Center. ODBC patches are not available on the HP IT Response Center web site.
2) The problem may be network configuration. emr_na-c01003546 documents these issues. The hangs may be waits.
It is possible by adjusting the values on your DBE or TCP configurations, the problems will go away.