Hi Howard, Yeah - I can connect to the database using other applications like SQL+, Brio, and that 'Oracle ODBC Test Utility' I mentioned. For some reason I just can't seem to get to it from ASP. The connection string syntax seems to be correct - since I can email the page to other folks and it works for them. Something is just 'wronky' with my machine. I do have two machines on my desk and they each have different IP addresses. As far as I can tell I don't have two addresses assigned to either machine. RonL. -----Original Message----- From: Howard Cheng [mailto:howcheng at ix.netcom.com] Can you connect to the database at all? Have you tried using DBA Studio or anything? I had two IP addresses on different gateways) and somehow that was preventing me from resolving the database host name.