Hi I have a compaq laptop running win XP professional connected to a network with a Win2k server. Recently in the last couple of days my connection to shared drives on the server has been dropping. I get the message :- An error occured while reconnecting N: to \\*servername*\*sharedfoldername* Microsoft Windows Network : The local device name is already in use. This connection has not been restored. If I reboot I get access again. I can still see the network and have net access but cannot access the server at all. I supspected my internal network card so I inserted and configured a PCMCIA card, but after a while I still get the problem. This only seems to occur after a period of inactivity to one of the network drives. I have outlook running all day yet that seems to maintain a connection to Exchange which runs on the same server. Any help greatfully recieved.