NS Employee Resource Center:
Problems and Solutions Accessing the Mainframe
(Crewcall, Memo, Realtime, etc.)

Below is a list of the solutions for the most common problems when trying to access the mainframe through the Employee Resource Center. Please try these prior to placing a call to the helpdesk. The solutions are listed in the order we suggest they be tried.

1. Bypass Pop-up Blockers

  • For most browsers except Internet Explorer version 7, hold down the CTRL key while clicking the mainframe link.
  • For Internet Explorer version 7, hold down both the CTRL and ALT keys while clicking the mainframe link.

2. Add the Employee Resource Center URL to Pop-up blocker Exceptions List

  • For Internet Explorer version 7 (or version 6 under Windows XP Service Pack 2)
  • Click Tools, then Internet Options
  • Click the Privacy tab, then Settings under Pop-up Blocker
  • Under Address of Website to Allow key https://*.nscorp.com, then click Add, then Close, then OK
  • For Firefox or Netscape
  • Click Tools, then Options
  • Click the Content icon, then click Exceptions to the right of Block Pop-up Windows
  • Under Address of Web Site key www2.nscorp.com and click Allow.
  • Under Address of Web Site key erc2.nscorp.com and click Allow.
  • Under Address of Web Site key wcpool.nscorp.com and click Allow.
  • For instructions on how to add the ERC to other pop-up blocker exception lists, please read our pop-up blocker help file.

3. Add the Employee Resource Center URL to Trusted Sites

  • For Internet Explorer
  • Click Tools, then Internet Options
  • Click the Security tab
  • Click the Trusted Sites icon (green check mark), then click Sites
  • Under Add This Website to the Zone key https://erc2.nscorp.com and click Add.
  • Under Add This Website to the Zone key https://www2.nscorp.com and click Add.
  • Under Add This Website to the Zone key https://wcpool.nscorp.com and click Add.
  • Click Close, then OK.

4. Delete Temporary Internet Files

  • For Internet Explorer version 7
  • Click Tools, then Internet Options
  • On the General tab, click Delete, then Delete Files.
  • Click Yes, then Close, then OK.
  • For Internet Explorer version 6
  • Click Tools, then Internet Options
  • On the General tab, click Delete Files.
  • Click OK twice.
  • For Firefox or Netscape
  • Click Tools, then Clear Private Data
  • Ensure Cache is checked, and click Clear Private Data Now

5. Upgrade Java Runtime Environment

  • You must have Java Runtime Environment version 1.41 or above installed for WebConnect to work properly. Click this link to go to the Java website to download the latest version:
    http://java.com/en/download/download_the_latest.jsp
  • Click the Free Java Download button, then click the Download Now button.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions for downloading and installing the software.
  • After installation is complete, please restart your computer.

6. Disable Any Additional Pop-up Blockers

  • Google and Yahoo toolbars contain two of the most common pop-up blockers. Antivirus companies such as Norton and McAfee sometimes install their own pop-up blocking software and internet providers such as BellSouth, Earthlink, Wal-Mart, Comcast, Verizon, PeoplePC, and NetZero often install their own pop-up blocking software as well. For detailed instructions on how to disable the most common pop-up blockers, please see our pop-up blocker help file. Consult your user manual for instructions on disabling any pop-up blockers not covered in this file.

7. Ensure the Security Level is not set too high

  • For Internet Explorer version 7
  • Click Tools, then Internet Options
  • Click the Security tab
  • Adjust the slider in the Security Level For This Zone to Medium-High
  • For Internet Explorer version 6
  • Click Tools, then Internet Options
  • Click the Security tab
  • Click the Default Level button to adjust the security level to the appropriate level

8. Check your PC clock.

  • If you are receiving a Security Certificate or Expired Certificate error, you should check the date set in your computer. Many people don't notice if the date is wrong as long as the time is correct. You should be able to adjust the date and time by double-clicking the time in the lower-right corner of your screen.

9. Apply Windows Updates

10. Cannot Print From WebConnect after Java Runtime Environment update

  • Contact the helpdesk at (404)529-1527 to obtain a patch to correct this problem.

11. In Internet Explorer, disable JRE as Webconnect will run using only ActiveX.

  • In situations where all of the above steps have not fixed the problem, the problem may be with a corrupted Java Runtime Environment. If you are running Internet Explorer, Microsoft has included a version of Java that runs using ActiveX (other browsers do not have this feature). To force Internet Explorer to use this version of Java, the Sun version of Java must be disabled. To do this, open Internet Explorer and click on the Tools menu. Next, select Internet Options, then click the Advanced tab. Scroll down the list until you see the Java(Sun) section, and uncheck the Use JRE 1.x for <applet> item. Click OK to save your settings, then restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect. If you do not see a Java(Sun) section under the Advanced tab, you have not installed the Java Runtime Environment. Please go back to step 5 to install it.

NS Employee Resource Center:
Navagating the ERC website

Below are screen captures (screen shots) designed to help you navagate the NS Employee Resource Center (ERC) website

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