How to fix Windows 7 error “The local device name is already in use.”

So I get this error every once in a while which causes my mapped network drives to no longer work and sometimes prevents me from accessing the network machine those drives are located on completely (even via ipaddress) even though I can still ping them.

So the solution is to open command prompt under administrator so:

Start -> search "cmd" ->right click on it -> click "Run as Administrator"

Then type inside command prompt,

<code>net use * /delete</code>

Once you do this you can either restart the machine and go to the “Map Network Drive” via the GUI or type

<code>net use Z: \\server\share /user:username password</code>

Into command prompt with the proper network drive letter, network location, and username and password.

Now… This happens to me frequently enough that instead of bothering with remembering how to fix it, I wrote a quick .bat script to do the work for me.

To do this open notepad (start -> search “notepad”) and copy this into it:

::Fix network problem
net use * /delete
net use F: \\Network\share\ /user:Username Password
net use G: \\Network\share\ /user:Username Password
net use H: \\Network\share\ /user:Username Password
shutdown /f /r /t 600 /c "The Computer will now shutdown, please close all applications."

and save it as “FixNetworkDrives.bat”

When ran this will delete all mapped network drives, then remount them and then restart the machine 1 minute later.

Thanks to dekyos for his solution.


Running Screen IRSSI on startup

Here is how I got Irssi to run at startup on Debian:

First if you don’t have screen installed do:

sudo apt-get install screen

Now we need to create a new file called “irssid”


cd /etc/init.d/
sudo nano

Then copy and paste this into it:


# Provides:          irssid
# Required-Start:    $network
# Required-Stop:     $network
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: Start irssi daemon within screen session at boot time
# Description:       This init script will start an irssi session under screen using the settings provided in /etc/irssid.conf

# Include the LSB library functions
. /lib/lsb/init-functions

# Setup static variables
daemonArgs='-D -m -s bash'
daemonName="$(basename "$daemonExec")"

# Checks if the environment is capable of running the script (such as
# availability of programs etc).
# Return: 0 if the environmnt is properly setup for execution of init script, 1
#         if not all conditions have been met.
function checkEnvironment() {
# Verify that the necessary binaries are available for execution.
local binaries=(irssi screen)

for bin in "${binaries[@]}"; do
if ! which "$bin" > /dev/null; then
log_failure_msg "Binary '$bin' is not available. Please install \
package containing it."
exit 5

# Checks if the configuration files are available and properly setup.
# Return: 0 if irssid if properly configured, 1 otherwise.
function checkConfig() {
# Make sure the configuration file has been created
if ! [[ -f $configFile ]]; then
log_failure_msg "Please populate the configuration file '$configFile' \
before running."
exit 6

# Make sure the required options have been set
local reqOptions=(user group session)
for option in "${reqOptions[@]}"; do
if ! grep -q -e "^[[:blank:]]*$option=" "$configFile"; then
log_failure_msg "Mandatory option '$option' was not specified in \
exit 6

# Loads the configuration file and performs any additional configuration steps.
function configure() {
. "$configFile"
daemonArgs="$daemonArgs -S $session irssi"
[[ -n $args ]] && daemonArgs="$daemonArgs $args"
daemonCommand="$daemonExec $daemonArgs"

# Starts the daemon.
# Return: LSB-compliant code.
function start() {
start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --oknodo --pidfile "$pidFile" \
--make-pidfile --chuid "$user:$group" --background \
--exec "$daemonExec" -- $daemonArgs

# Stops the daemon.
# Return: LSB-compliant code.
function stop() {
start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --oknodo --retry 30 --pidfile "$pidFile" \
--chuid "$user:$group" --exec "$daemonExec" -- $daemonArgs


case "$1" in
log_daemon_msg "Starting daemon" "irssid"
start && log_end_msg 0 || log_end_msg $?
log_daemon_msg "Stopping daemon" "irssid"
stop && log_end_msg 0 || log_end_msg $?
log_daemon_msg "Restarting daemon" "irssid"
start && log_end_msg 0 || log_end_msg $?
log_daemon_msg "Restarting daemon" "irssid"
start && log_end_msg 0 || log_end_msg $?
status_of_proc -p "$pidFile" "$daemonExec" screen && exit 0 || exit $?
echo "irssid (start|stop|restart|force-reload|status|help)"

Then save it as “irssid”

Next do

sudo chmod u+x irssid

Now do

 cd /etc/sudo nano

Then copy and paste this into it:

# Configuration file for irssid init script
# Mandatory options:
#    user    - Specify user for running irssi.
#    group   - Specify group for running irssi.
#    session - Specify screen session name to be used for irssi.
# Non-mandatory options:
#    args    - Pass additional arguments to irssi.

# Example configuration:
args='--config /home/user/.irssi/config'

and save the file as irssid.conf

Make sure to change the ‘user’ to your user name, as well as change the path that the irssi configure file is located.

Now all there’s left is to run:

update-rc.d irssid defaults

If all things went well the irssid should not error.

Thanks to Branko Majic for his [url=]tutorial[/url]