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By patrickG ·
I am Having problems with my file server we have a bought 35 computers hear all running win 95 or 98 and 5 computers run NT three of the 35 computers are not able to see my file server the computer says path not found.

BUT if you keep trying it is able to find the file server I can not find the problem


The problem started when I changed the HUB sating from hard set to auto set thin I changed them back after my file server jumped off the net because of the change and it hasn't been right ever sence.

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by mwhite In reply to File server Q: ...

Can you ping your file server by both netbios name and ip address?If you can't ping the server name or ip address try to ping your loopback to confirm your tcp/ip stack is functional. If this fails reload the tcp/ip stack. If this works then checkyour link light on both the hub and nic card.
Oh yeah take a look at your bindings on those particular systems and make sure the systems are not trying to communicate with other protocols before tcp/ip. You also have 32 other systems that our working so replicate the known good systems settings. I hope this helps.............

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by DC1 In reply to File server Q: ...

Do you mean switch, not hub? You shouldn't use auto sensing ports do to they aren't very reliable. Always set it to either 10 or 100 mbs depending on the NICS hardware. When you switched it back make sure that you also verified that it is a full duplex or half deplex, whatever you had for previous settings.

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by zaq42 In reply to File server Q: ...

Check the computer name, some Win 9x boxes can't see shares, printers, computers, etc... when the names are too long or contain spaces.

Hope this helps.

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by daved89 In reply to File server Q: ...

Could be many issues at play here. Auto-sensing on hubs hasn't been a real issue for a while now, but I have seen very rare exceptions: you can try setting the hub/switch to either 10 or 100 mbs and all the NICs to the same. Test more than one or two clients before writing this off as the solution though.
The issue could also be due to frame type - Win 95, 98, and NT all have the option to autodetect the frame type. I would check the frame type setting on the server - if it is set to autodetect, manually set the frame type to your preference (I am not going to go into the debate of one over the other here) and then set all of your clients to the same frame type. That is something easily overlooked and the cause of many problems seeing other computers / servers that seem to 'solve themselves' only to reappear later.

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by dbowlin In reply to File server Q: ...

Check the speed settings on your problem computers and the hub ports they are plugged into. Change all 3 computers to 10 half duplex. If this corrects the problem you most likely have a wiring problem. The wiring specs are much tougher for 100base.

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