[QODBC-Desktop] How to view details on what QODBC is performing / Display Driver Status / Display optimizer Status
Posted by Rajendra Dewani (QODBC Support) on 14 April 2014 04:06 PM

How to view details on what QODBC is performing

Problem Description:

QODBC and my application are not responding, how can I know what QODBC is performing in the background?


You can enable QODBC status panel via: Start >> All Programs >> QODBC Driver for use with QuickBooks >> Configure QODBC Data Source

Go To the "System DSN" Tab, select "QuickBooks Data" DSN & click "Configure".

Navigate to the "Message" tab ->Select "Display Driver Status" and "Display optimizer Status" options.

Then the next time you run a query, if you see "Waiting for QuickBooks", It means QuickBooks is taking time to process the request.

There will be a status panel at the lower right corner of your screen, showing a window with information on what QODBC is working at.

Please note the step on which QODBC spends the most time or gets stuck and share it with us.



Suppose you have a large company file with multiple years. QuickBooks and QuickBooks SDK would require more time to process your data required.

We would suggest splitting the company file to make it smaller. You can keep the historical data in one company file and the latest one in another.

This way, your company file will be smaller and with a smaller number of records.

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Tags: configurations, why QODBC is slow. QODBC not responding

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Mike Christensen
26 June 2017 12:49 PM
Is there any way to turn the Driver Status Panels dynamically? That is, to use something like a batch file, vbs, or similar to do this so a user does not have to. Or a way to enable the Panels as default?
26 June 2017 01:32 PM
Hi Mike,

No, There is no way to change it programmatically.

I would like to share that Messages Tab settings are stored in ODBCINST.INI file.

C:\ProgramData\QODBC Driver for QuickBooks\odbcinst.ini

To enable Driver Status Panels. You can add below line in ODBCINST.INI file.

DebugPanel = Yes
Mike Christensen
27 June 2017 03:49 PM
Thank you! By instructing my clients to use the default installation the QODBC uses I can now utilize code within my applications that checks this file and adds/change the DebugPanel to equal Yes. One less issue that I will have to contend with when creating applications I build that would otherwise require user actions and/or instructions.
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