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Jan 31, 2017
Avatar eddy_the_eng... 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / New install of JBW2.99 : Can't access auction database

Hi,
I have been using JBW for quite a while, but no activities the last 1-2 years.
Had an auction I followed recently and thought using JBW is a good idea. I found out there is a new version of it yesterday and installed it on my computer (running Windows 7), but when I started JBW I got the error message:

JBidwatcher can’t access its database. Please check to see if you are running another instance.

But there is no other instance running.
Deleted JBW2.99; cleared all register entries from “JBW” contents; installed again. Still the same problem.

Does anybody has an idea?
Thank you!
Edgar

 
Jan 15, 2017
Avatar Muppet 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / VERY Disapointed

I must admit that there are a couple of bugs, but on the whole, I’ve used JBW on my various Mac’s and it has pretty much always worked for me. On the rare occasion it hasn’t, it’s been inconvenience, but not the end of the World. If it was something so very very important, I’m usually not so lazy and actually sit there and make the bid myself. Like Roger W, I’ve donated on a number of occasions for it because it’s been super handy and , hey….. the guy makes if for free. That’s FREE.

 
Jan 3, 2017
Avatar jebradl 7 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / captcha

Thanks. I’ve been using jbidwatcher for several years, and I’d never had that problem before. My primary computer went down, and I did a clean install of linux on an old machine. I don’t think that I’d even logged in on a browser at that point. I’ll keep that in mind for the future.
Now, if only multisnipe bidding could get fixed. :)

 
Dec 21, 2016
Avatar zappram 266 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / captcha

Happened before…. You need to quit JBW, login to eBay manually from a browser, and get through the captcha. then, use ebay that way, and wait about 24 hours and run JBW again. Hope that works for you. Good luck.

 
Dec 19, 2016
Avatar jebradl 7 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / captcha

It looks like ebay put a captcha in the login system. I am unable to get jbidwatcher to login to ebay.

 
Dec 8, 2016
Avatar Krusty 6 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / No thumbnails?

Thanks Morgan,
I should have mentioned I use eBay Australia. Another thing that happened around the same time was that auto login seemed to change, Jbidwatcher shows I’m logged in but any activity on eBay asks me to login! Not high priorities so don’t worry too much about a fix.
Thanks for the fantastic programme & your ongoing support & dedication!!!

 
Dec 8, 2016
Avatar Docfxit_ 2 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / No new results found

I’m having trouble with both the new version JBidwatcher-2.99pre5.exe and
JBidwatcher-2.5.6.exe

When I select search for any item it says “No new results found”

I’m running this in Win7 Ultimate 32bit with Java jre1.8.0_111
I have renamed the folder
C:\Users\Gary\.jbidwatcher\jbdb
to rebuild the Data Base

I have renamed
JBidWatch.cfg
to rebuild the configuration file

The error log shows
Thu Dec 08 12:24:19 PST 2016: JBidwatcher 2.99pre5-2-g7251940
Thu Dec 08 12:24:19 PST 2016: Oracle Corporation Java, version 1.8.0_111 on Windows
7
Thu Dec 08 12:24:19 PST 2016: Logging to C:\Users\Gary\.jbidwatcher\errors.2.log
Thu Dec 08 12:24:19 PST 2016: Loaded the appropriate driver.
Thu Dec 08 12:24:19 PST 2016: Connected to database jbdb (JBidwatcher DataBase)
Thu Dec 08 12:24:20 PST 2016: Auction information database already exists.
Thu Dec 08 12:24:20 PST 2016: Closed connection
Thu Dec 08 12:24:20 PST 2016: Database shut down normally
Thu Dec 08 12:24:20 PST 2016: Loaded the appropriate driver.
Thu Dec 08 12:24:20 PST 2016: Connected to database jbdb (JBidwatcher DataBase)
Thu Dec 08 12:24:20 PST 2016: Closed connection
Thu Dec 08 12:24:20 PST 2016: Database shut down normally
Thu Dec 08 12:24:20 PST 2016: Loaded the appropriate driver.
Thu Dec 08 12:24:20 PST 2016: Connected to database jbdb (JBidwatcher DataBase)
Thu Dec 08 12:24:22 PST 2016: Scripting is enabled.
Thu Dec 08 12:24:25 PST 2016: Parsing URL
http://viv.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?EbayTime
Thu Dec 08 12:24:26 PST 2016: Time delta with ebay.com is -1195
Thu Dec 08 12:24:26 PST 2016: Getting the sign in cookie for ebay.com
Thu Dec 08 12:24:26 PST 2016: Parsing URL
https://signin.ebay.com/ws2/eBayISAPI.dll?SignIn
Thu Dec 08 12:24:27 PST 2016: Potential quote error!
Thu Dec 08 12:24:27 PST 2016: Parsing URL
https://signin.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?co_partnerId=2&siteid=0&UsingSSL=1
Thu Dec 08 12:24:28 PST 2016: Done getting the sign in cookie for ebay.com
Thu Dec 08 12:24:29 PST 2016: Did not know how to handle About JBidwatcher
Thu Dec 08 12:24:33 PST 2016: Parsing URL
http://www.jbidwatcher.com/jbidwatcher2.xml
Thu Dec 08 12:24:36 PST 2016: [Search]
Thu Dec 08 12:24:43 PST 2016: Parsing URL
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?MfcISAPICommand=GetResult&ht=1&from=R
7&query=ipad&sacur=1&srchdesc=y&category0=&ebaytag1=ebayctry&ebaytag1code=0&S
ortProperty=MetaEndSort&SortOrder=%5Ba%5D&st=0&maxRecordsPerPage=100
Thu Dec 08 12:24:43 PST 2016: No items on page!
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Saving to: C:\Users\Gary\.jbidwatcher\JBidWatch.cfg
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Closed connection
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Database shut down normally
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Closed connection
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Database shut down normally
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Closed connection
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Database shut down normally
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Closed connection
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Database shut down normally
Thu Dec 08 12:27:40 PST 2016: Shutting down JBidwatcher.

What else can I do to get Jbidwatcher working again.

Thanks,
Docfxit

 
Dec 8, 2016
Avatar davep 15 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Auction I won shown incorrectly

It looks like eBay UK have message with their web pages again. Now none of the auctions in JBW show a thumbnail image.

One I’m watching:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lot-de-7-Cartouches-de-donnees-HP-LTO-2-Ultrium-400-GB-C7972A-/381872236995?hash=item58e95be9c3:g:BvcAAOSw44BYHFVR

The one I won:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=272468884274

Thanks
Dave

 
Dec 8, 2016
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,200 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / No thumbnails?

Greetings,
I’m not sure, but it’s entirely possible that it’s having trouble picking up the images if eBay’s changed how they reference them in the listing pages. I’ll take a look this weekend.

— Morgan

 
Dec 8, 2016
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,200 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Auction I won shown incorrectly

Greetings,
It’s possible it’s not recognizing you as the high bidder. I’ll look into it.

— Morgan

 
Dec 7, 2016
Avatar davep 15 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Auction I won shown incorrectly

I though that Auctions I had won were shown with the text and price in green, but one I won yesterday has the text as red, and no winning price displayed?

Dave

 
Dec 2, 2016
Avatar zappram 266 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / No thumbnails?

I’d just checked my end, I have thumbnails on all my selling items, and one on the items I won (the other 3 not) and nothing else has thumbnails. It must have something to do with the way items are listed, or cached. IDK. This is a setup on OS X, 10.11.6 Intel core i7, JBidwatcher (2.99pre5-2-g7251940)

 
Dec 1, 2016
Avatar Krusty 6 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / No thumbnails?

For some months now (maybe six)I haven’t had any thumbnails, the image squares all have a single centre dot but no picture. I didn’t worry too much about this as it’s not really necessary for the programme to work but I would like them back. Having read what others said about other matters I’m assuming that they still have thumbnails?

 
Oct 27, 2016
Avatar Dodgy Geezer 103 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Just had an interesting failure...

I was having some trouble with unwanted adverts, and so I downloaded a popular anti-malware tool – AdwCleaner – and ran it. It detected a few issues, deleted them and then asked for a reboot.

When I oked that, my machine rebooted, and then, as the default programs loaded (including JbidWatcher) the single snipe that I had stored fired. There was actually 4-5 hours to go, and my snipe was set to 7 seconds, but nevertheless it fired 4+ hours early.

I wonder why?

incidentally, I got the item, and there has been no repetition – so it’s not a bug – just an odd glitch

 
Oct 26, 2016
Avatar zappram 266 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Any closer to another pre-release?

I have been using JBW for a while now and contributed twice, and I must say – Thank you very much…. as it had won me many “surprises” and I am happy.

Currently, I am on JBidwatcher (2.99pre5-2-g7251940) using a core i7 Mac and running 10.11.6 and there’s no problem with loading speed, etc. etc….. and it does snipe well for me (if it’s not falling to deep sleep, and snipe bid amount is high enough), but it is loading up listing from “no where”, and they keep adding up, and I’d noticed that some are from very old searches I did, and some of them are from recent search …..

i used to select them all by weeding them out and trash them, but a lot of them came back, and I don’t know if they are duplicated. Then I try to move them to a new Tab, and they keep growing, so eventually I will delete a few hundred of them and quit JBW and launch again….

Besides that…. it’s doing well, and snipe and drag and drop works…….

Again, thanks so much for all the works in the past ….. 16 years is a LONG time…..

 
Oct 21, 2016
Avatar Jakeandelwood 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Any closer to another pre-release?

If it’s working can we have a pre-release of the Mac App Morgan?
The current versions hardly work at all for me on Mac unless I sit and watch it, continually failing to snipe, quoting unknown errors or communication problems although my machine is set not to sleep, it also shows prices in $ when they should be £ even though it is logged in to eBay UK.

 
Oct 20, 2016
Avatar bushytails 55 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Loaded wrong item image, also forum error

When trying to view Maxx’s thread, I get “JBidwatcher Forum System Error Oops! It looks like there was an error.”

As to the main problem, I got a randomized item image today:

http://i.imgur.com/drztWw3.png

I have no idea what that image is, but it’s sure not the one for that auction. :)

Thanks again,
—Bushytails

 
Oct 20, 2016
Avatar bushytails 55 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Any closer to another pre-release?

Yes, thanks!

I noticed the lack of adult items and multisniping, though! people use those features. :)

—Bushytails

 
Oct 15, 2016
Avatar Roger W 14 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / VERY Disapointed

Not necessarily for all of us.
I am using 2.99 pre 5 on Win 10 and it’s fine if a little clunky. Been using JBid for years and it’s FREE!
It loads, updates and snipes on a regular basis. We all know that Morgan has a life, a family and, hopefully at present, a job.
We also know that an update is in the pipeline but requires fitting in with all those other things that life demands.
Most of us are still appreciative of that!

 
Oct 13, 2016
Avatar cleangroove 9 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / OK been running 2.56 bit 2/99 fails

I’ve upgraded my WinLOSE machine to Win 7 and the new 2.99.pre5 works… so I guess after months since I’ve posted this I’ve answered my own question just in case anyone stops by. 2.99pre5 does not work on XP and it probably has something to do with Java… Java me this and Java me that. Anyway I’ve glad it works. Thanks Morgan for the efforts for a thankless job!

 
Oct 6, 2016
Avatar eZ 8 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / German ebay detects JBidwatcher and blocking my IP???

Preventing someone to bid is not really fitting into the ebay business model. Before I used JBidWatcher I did manual sniping. It often did not work because I just forgot to do it. So with JBidWatcher everybody earned more from my sniping. So I doubt that ebay targets JBidWatcher.

 
Oct 3, 2016
Avatar Magrid 1 post

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / German ebay detects JBidwatcher and blocking my IP???

My ip was blocked for the same reason. Still don’t know what to do with it, we have to use proxies. The solution of this problem with ip is still not found?

 
Sep 29, 2016
Avatar jbeezz 4 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / VERY Disapointed

Once jbidwatcher was the best sniper out there. No more…. NOTHING works. It’s an ordeal just to start it up. It doesn’t update anything and it doesn’t SNIPE.
Years ago when I had my MAC the program worked perfectly. Now it’s a dud.
Perhaps one day when you get it fixed and working I’ll try again but for now I have to say … bye.

 
Sep 28, 2016
Avatar eZ 8 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Any closer to another pre-release?

Thanks, Morgan, for the 16 years! Just wanted to say that.

 
Sep 23, 2016
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,200 post(s)

Comment Topic: JBidwatcher Help / Any closer to another pre-release?

Greetings,
It’s tempting. No, look…I still maintain it. I can tell you, statistically, that most people still succeed with their snipes, when their snipe is above the current price. I can tell you that because some folks have opted in to sharing that information with me, and I have a dashboard that tracks that stuff.

It’s a truism that most users only use 20-30% of a program. And while there’s some overlap, the thing each individual user doesn’t realize is that it’s not the same 20-30% for each user.

I’ve HAVE done a from-scratch reimplementation of JBidwatcher as a native app in a more (IMO) efficient language; I’m running it right now. It’s Mac-only, mind you, but it works. It loads the items, monitors them, allows drag-and-drop of items, logging in, has multiple folders, and other basic features.

It doesn’t snipe yet because that’s VASTLY complicated, but it’s my next step.

It doesn’t load ‘My eBay’, because that’s VASTLY complicated. I may never implement that, because it’s been a source of constant bugs since the first time I implemented it, and I loathe the feature because of that. eBay makes changes to the viewItem page VERY rarely. They change ‘My eBay’ constantly.

I have eliminated features in the core JBidwatcher, by the way.

  • The newest JBidwatcher version doesn’t have a built-in server to serve expired listings
  • doesn’t have internal RSS feeds
  • doesn’t output or read XML files
  • can’t give you an HTML-formatted view of the listings you’re watching
  • doesn’t support mature audiences items (another constant support nightmare)
  • doesn’t automatically fallback between international/non-international items (you have to pick one)
  • doesn’t even support multisniping, which was a signature feature and unheard of when I added it. :(

I stripped a lot out of JBidwatcher, in the 2.99pre* series. But you know what has the most logic? The UI and the eBay parsing and control code. That stuff I need to have, no matter what other features I have in it. UI is 12,723 Lines Of Code by raw linecount (because I’m lazy right now), eBay handling (9,228 LOC). The rest is mostly support, database, configuration, and utility classes.

I don’t have a good answer for you. I’m the only person working on this, and I have been for 16 years. Sometimes my life takes priority, but I’ve always gotten back to it, and I’ve always responded when there’s an endemic problem. I feel lucky, because there hasn’t been one for a while…I’m probably due. :(

— Morgan

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