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By jchow ·
I can't see any computers when I click on Network Neighbood. Instead it give me 'unable to browser the network'. However, I can ping other pcs in the office. I can also browser the internet. What can be the problem.

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jerry

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by Greg Shultz Contributor In reply to Network neighbood

Jerry

Since everything was working up until recently, ans assuming this is a peer-to-peer workgroup we're talking about, it's possible that this is being caused by a problem with the browse list maintained by the computer acting as the browse master.

If so, you need to find out which computer is acting as the browse master and shut it down. When you do so there will be a browse master election and all the computers on the network will report in and a new browse master list will be compiled.

You can find out which computer is acting as the browse master by downloading the utility that I wrote for the article "Find the masrer browser in a peer-to-peer workgroup"

http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=t01220011029shu01.htm

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by jchow In reply to Network neighbood

Hi Greq,

I took the quick way by downloading your Find the Master Browser. I actived the script but no able to detect any master browser. Did I miss any step?

Thanks
jerry

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by wemarr In reply to Network neighbood

From what has been tried it seems very strange that all of a sudden the PC can not see the network. Have you installed FILE and PRINT sharing? I have found that if this is not set then you can not browse the network. Also have you checked the protocols loaded. I have not been able to work out what protocol's you have installed from the question as well as the answers that have benn given.

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by jchow In reply to Network neighbood

Hi Wemarr,

I have IPX, Netbuei & TCPIP loaded and File and Print shared.

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jchow

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by Greg Shultz Contributor In reply to Network neighbood

No master browser reported?

How many computers are on this network?

Have you restarted each and every one since this problem begain?

Can you see the network from any of the other Windows 98 systems?

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by jchow In reply to Network neighbood

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by Ganymede In reply to Network neighbood

I don't know about the gentleman's utility but assuming it does what it is supposed to, I'd say you have a problem if you aren't finding a master browser. That is necessary to have a browse list come up in NN. If your network isn't real big you can issue: nbtstat -a "hostname" for each host in your network.

Your master browser should come back with <01> in its table. If you find it, I would restart that machine. If you don't, restarting any machine "Should" cause an election. It still could take a few minutes for all the machines to announce themselves to the MB.

To cut down on that problem you can set your master browser manually in the TCP properties. That will stop elections basically. The one that you specify as master will always have to be on obviously.

All of this depends on the other peoples suggestions that you must have NetBIOS, file & print sharing turned on, same segment, broadcast working.

J

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by int In reply to Network neighbood

y problebly have to different workgroup names on the machines or 2 different subnet masks/gateways

these have to be the same for all yr pc's

good luck

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by jchow In reply to Network neighbood

Hi Int,

No, they are on the same workgroup and same subnet.
Thanks for your tips.

jchow

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