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Win98 - XP home networking problem

By ozi Eagle ·
Hi,
I have a client who has several PCs running XP home and one (the server) running win98 se, in a peer to peer configuration (not set up by me).
Everything was working fine up until a week ago, when the win98 machine became invidible, as did one of the XPs. Solved the XP by turning off the XP firewall (its not connected to the internet). Can't get 98 to see any others, or the others to see the 98 PC. However, by mapping network drives the XPs can access data on the 98 machine ,but not vice versa. The 98 machine can't ping any of the others (host unknown message, when using name, request timed out when using IP address) XP can ping 98 machine.
Suspected that its a network password problem, but user is using same p/w as previously.

Any ideas?

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by gothicbloody In reply to Win98 - XP home networkin ...

dear
Try removing all protocols except TCP/IP. I have found that XP does not like NetBEUI. Larry

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Network is already running TCP/IP

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by LMon In reply to Win98 - XP home networkin ...

Sound like you still have a firewall issue somewhere may be Zone Alarm or Nroton's

Check once again any firewalls on the all the machine. Nroton comes with a firewall or check for Zone Alarm. This may be blocking the 98 machine from seeing the other machines. Go to start run MSCONFIG and then the services tab. Hide all Microsoft services. If you see anything like script blocking services or password validation uncheck it or anything from zone alrarm.

Also check to see if the XP boxes have the Guest account enabled if they dont enable them and restart all the machines.

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Look for anything like Zone Alarm, Norton, or Symantec.

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by TechieRob In reply to Win98 - XP home networkin ...

Ouch. I feel your pain. Windows 98 and networking across OS's never did mix well. For a start, IPX/SPX and TCP/IP should be enabled. Secondly, they must have same workgroups, different Ip addresses, yada yada yada
Im quite certain you have already looked there first :)
The problem lies in that windows 98 is stubborn, If you boot up the win 98 machine and log in, then start up the XP one, it should work. For some strange reason windows 98 WILL NOT recognise any other computers on a LAN unless it has been booted up first. It doesn't need to be set up as the DNS, or any other type of server - it just has to be the first running

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