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Peer to peer network Windows xp and 98se

By peterbakker ·
Keep loosing the network on the windows 98se machines.
Have to run the network wizard again and again to get the network back and sometimes have to reinstall the network cards. Now one machine wont't go back on the network.
Is it possible to clean the network out of the registry or do I have to reinstall windows 98se.

Why is this happening?
Thanks Peter

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Peer to peer network Wind ...

Hi

Can you give us some more information please. Are your mapped drives not accessible or does the network completely disappear? Do you get an access denied message or are you prompted for a password??

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by Ed Woychowsky In reply to Peer to peer network Wind ...

There is a possibility that this could be due to a driver problem, which was a common occurrence with Windows 98 systems. My wife had a similar issue, the scanner driver would corrupt the video driver. The way that we resolved this was to re-install Windows, and then one-by-one taking time to test install each of the drivers. But unless you need to run an older application, wouldn?t it be easier to upgrade?

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by peterbakker In reply to Peer to peer network Wind ...

The network disappears completely

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by Murray Brydon In reply to Peer to peer network Wind ...

Is this because the 98 machines will be getting their IP address from the XP machine via DHCP?
If you have just the default setting for the network wizard then you could try assigning static IP's to your 98 machines along the lines of 192.168.0.3,192.168.0.4 etc (best to check what they get when they do work using winipcfg before changing to static addresses)
If the problem was the length of the DHCP lease or other renewal problem, then by using static addresses you should overcome this problem.

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by ruairi In reply to Peer to peer network Wind ...

1. What is showing on the XP computer when 'the network disappears'?
2. When this occurs, can you ping the loopback on the 98se comps? START.....PROGRAMS.....ACCESSORIES....DOS/COMMAND PROMPT......PING 127.0.0.1
This checks if the network card and IP are working and configured correctly on the local comp
3. If local ping works, try pinging other comps by name or IP.......
await further update.......

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by jmschattke In reply to Peer to peer network Wind ...

well, sometimes a Windows 98 cannot find Windows XP machines when browsing the network; don't worry, they can still connect. The reason has to do with the change in protocols between the versions, and microsoft deciding seamless cross-browsing was not needed.

Bring up the Run... menu, and as the command, put the machine name, like this \\Foobar
That should bring up the list of shares for the machine. If it does not, then you really do have a network issue.

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