eServices Troubleshooting

Below is some general troubleshooting help if you experience issues with the eConnector or other eServices. For steps that relate to a specific eService, refer to the service's troubleshooting page.

  • Important: The server where the eConnector is installed needs to remain on at all times because the communication between our secure servers and your office relies on the Open Dental eConnector service. If the server is turned off, it disconnects our ability to communicate until it is turned back on.
  • eServices that use a browser cannot be accessed on Windows phones.
  • The eConnector is not compatible with Linux or Mac.

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eConnector Down Alert (eServices not working)

When eServices go down, you may notice the following:

To fix, follow these steps in this order. If one step doesn't fix the issue, proceed to the next.

  1. Check your internet connection and make sure the computer (and server if different) is always on.
  2. Check that the service is running. In the Service Manager, check the service status. If it is not running, click Start.
  3. In the Service Manager, uninstall the eConnector. Then reinstall it manually.
  4. Reinstall Open Dental.
    1. In the Service Manager, stop the service.
    2. On the computer that hosts the service, browse to server's A to Z Folder, right click on Setup.exe and run as administrator.
    3. Restart the service.
    4. In the Miscellaneous Setup set the Update Server Name to the name of the computer that hosts the service so all future updates occur from this computer. If the computer name is more than 15 characters long, it is recommended to use the IP address of that computer.
  5. Check your firewall settings.
  6. Check for errors in the eConnector log files (C:\Program Files (x86)\Open Dental\OpenDentalEConnector\Logger).
Note: If eServices appear to be working on some workstations, but not others (e.g. alerts on some machines and not others), time differences between workstations and the eConnector host server can be the cause. Workstations that are not time synced to the eConnector server will show that eServices are down when they are not. To resolve this issue, change the time on the workstation to match the server.

eConnector Error Alert

Open Dental may generate an eConnector Error alert because of the following issues.

In version 17.3 and earlier, these issues caused the eServices menu item to turn yellow.

To remove the alert, mark it as read or delete it. Or acknowledge errors (in the main menu click eServices, eConnector).

General Service Error Messages

Could not reach HQ. Please make sure you have an internet connection and try again or call support. Unable to connect to the remote server.

See Ports and IP Addresses for eServices.

error code 200

This can occur when trying to access a web page in the Patient Portal, Mobile Web or Web Sched, but the link has been edited in the browser. Retype the URL in the browser address bar using the exact URL provided for the eService in eServices Setup. If the issue persists, contact us.

Failed to access registry

This can occur during installation of eConnector. Log into Windows as a user with higher privileges (e.g. administrator) or manually install the eConnector.

Failed upgrading to the eConnector service: Unable to install the service.

Run the Open Dental setup file on the eConnector host computer and try the installation process again.

Listener Version does not match Program Version

The service was not stopped prior to updating Open Dental. In the Service Manager, stop the eConnector, then reinstall Open Dental.

Message from: server - Unable to connect to any of the specified MySQL hosts

Try to start the eConnector manually.

Internet Explorer can't display this page

Use a different browser.

This is not an error...

Ignore this error.

Inner Thread Loop Failed

Ignore this error.

ValidatePatientPortal registraton failed

This indicates that registration failed due to the previous error in the Event Viewer list. Check the previous error to troubleshoot.

(in a logger folder) Object reference not set to an instance of an object

Update to the latest stable version.

No immortal socket connection found for RegistrationKeyNum...

Open Dental headquarters cannot communicate with your eConnector. Follow the eServices are not working steps at the top of this page.

Error: MethodWebSchedRSs, unknown method: GetHeaderInfo.

Re-run setup file for current OpenDental version on server. There are likely missing .dll files for the eConnector that were missed on the initial update.

Access Issues

I recently changed my Listener Port or my IP address. Now I am unable to access eServices.

If you have bookmarked the long version of the URL used by the eService, it may be causing this issue. (e.g. for Patient Portal or Mobile Web), this may be causing the issue. This was a version related issue. We recommend updating to the latest stable version or bookmarking the short URL instead. Typically the short URL generated by Open Dental will look something like this:

Firewall Troubleshooting

There are often issues communicating through firewalls when eServices are set up on a host computer. Below are some instructions for making an exception in the Windows firewall to allow communication. Make an exception in the Window firewall for the eConnector application. See eConnector Firewall.