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File & print sharing in Win 98

By m-hall ·
I am attempting to network 2 Win98 PCs using crossover cable.(Belkin kit). Primary PC has configured file & print sharing but other PC will not show allow in explorer. Have installed MS clients for Networks and File & print sharing. Have selected buttons for file & print sharing ( as on first PC) but does not show sharing. Have tried software setup supplied with NIC (Belkin) but when selecting file & print sharing the PC immediately freezes. I suspect something is missing from the Windows files.
Any ideas please.

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File & print sharing in Win 98

by RCOM In reply to File & print sharing in W ...

The computers should be able to at least see the workgroup and itself if it has shares enabled. You need to have matching workgroup, client and protocol settings. You've probably just overlooked something.

Following is the basics.

Open Network Properties and go to the
Identification Tab on the top of the window, do this first to name the PC and workgroup.

Example;

ComputerName=PC1, Workgroup=WORKGROUP, Desc=PC1

Configuration Tab across the top,

a. Client for Microsoft Networks

b. Adapter= You network card

c. Dialup Adapter=nothing to do here

d. Protocol =TCP/IP for the network card. You can use simple IP addresses like 10.0.0.1 and the subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. The second PC would be 10.0.0.2 with the same subnet and so on.

e. TCP/IP for the dialup adapter= nothing needed

f. Sharing=Enable file and printer sharing

User Access Tab across the top,

a. Nothing really needed for this.

Once the system reboots setup files and Printers to be shared.

Open explorer or my computer and choose a folder or printer to share by right clicking on the icon and selecting sharing on each.

For windows 98 you don't have to allow seperate users access if the shares areavailable they can be connected to. You can add passwords and simple read/write permissions for security if needed.

Log off or reboot and the PCs should be able to see each other. You have to login in order for the network to function.

To connect to the printer open the network and go to the printer icon of choice right click on it and install. Since it's the same operating system it will use the drivers from the host PC. Multi-function units can not share all features.

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by m-hall In reply to File & print sharing in W ...

Thanks, all this has been done several times. First PC sees workgroup OK. Can ping from both PCs. Second PC refuses to show sharing and workgroup even though Clients and services installed, static IPs added, bindings OK for TCP/IP and Netbeui.

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by tazdevil34 In reply to File & print sharing in W ...

An excellent answer from RCOM. Have you run 'System File Checker' on the freezing pc? If not, then go to start, run and type in sfc click ok. Let it scan for altered or missing files. If it doesn't show anything wrong, then all your system filesare in tact.

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by m-hall In reply to File & print sharing in W ...

Thanks. Have already done this without any noticable effect. Everything seems to be set correctly but no sharing allowed in explorer

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by Mnman In reply to File & print sharing in W ...

First off, when you say cross-over cable, I hope you don't actually mean a cross-over cable. A regular Cat 5 cable terminated with a RJ-45 with the following configuration should be what you have:
CAT 5 Wiring Standard B

Pin 1 = white/orange
Pin 2 = orange
Pin 3 = white/green
Pin 4 = blue
Pin 5 = white/blue
Pin 6 = green
Pin 7 = white/brown
Pin 8 = brown
(Some network cables have purple wires instead of brown, they are interchangeable in this case.)

As you look with thelocking pin down, left to right.
If you do have this, then the configuration on the second PC is not complete. You will have to add this function via Add/Remove software, in the Microsoft tab. If it's already an option, try removing this, rebooting, then adding it again. It may ask for the install disk. Ensure you have the same domain name on both PCs, you can apply a static IP address to each if only these two are connecting, such as home PCs.

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by m-hall In reply to File & print sharing in W ...

Thanks, the cable came with a kit for peer to peer networking. I can ping each PC. The problem is creating sharing on second PC. I have removed Clients & services and re-added. All looks OK but sharing is not indicated in explorer.

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by m-hall In reply to File & print sharing in W ...

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