Hi Dean | Chris, I had a similar-sounding problem yesterday. I could get into Oracle via SQL+ and/or the Oracle ODBC Test utility (and several other applications) but not with an ASP connection string. My IM buddy sent me a new tnsnames.ora file anyway and had me load it in C:\ORANT\NET80\ADMIN\tnsnames.ora as well as C:\ORANT\NETWORK\ADMIN\tnsnames.ora. They mumbled something about global and local names files that I didn't quite get -- (Dean may know) -- but it worked. HTH, RonL. -----Original Message----- From: Dean Mah [mailto:dmah at shaw.ca] Subject: Re: Re: [thelist] PHP/Oracle Connect Problems.... Do you have a global_names, or something like that, defined in your sqlnet.ora file? Try appending that name to your service name. For example, mlocr_user at mlocr.host.com. Chris Ditty writes: > Yup. Been there. The tnsnames.ora file exists. I can connect to the > database using sql+ with no problems.