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P2P Network Partially Connects

By Casemaker ·
Hi,
Difficult to keep simple. I was onsite networking. The client said that the network was able to communicate with each other and then all of a sudden it stopped. There are 3 pc?s on P2P through Linksys hub model EFAH08W, PC1 acts as Server has WXP home ip address of 169.254.18.110 HDD is shared. PC 2 is W98SE ip address of 169.254.113.220 HDD is shared. PC3 is WXP Pro, ip address is 169.254.225.164 HDD is shared. All three pc have Client for MS Networks, File and print share enabled, ipx/spx, netbeui, TCP/IP. There are no firewalls activated or any other software that would lock out other pc?s. I can ping from all pc to the other pc?s. The client said that he never needed a password to access any of the other computers. The computer names do not conflict and the workgroup names are all the same. All computers can see the others through network neighborhoods and places. Customer said that after the network stopped working he tried to run the network wizard and he ended up with even less connectivity. I have shut down all pc?s and hub and reset, still not working. This is what happens when I try to connect. PC1 to PC3 connects, PC3 to PC1 not accessible you might not have permission. PC1 to PC2 connects, PC2 to PC1 not accessible you might not have permission. PC3 to PC2 connects, PC2 to PC3 device does not exist. It also asks for a password to access. I created accounts on the xp home machine and that did not work.
thank You for taking the time to review my problem.

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by eddie.limoncelli In reply to P2P Network Partially Con ...

i have had the same trouble with w98/wxp p2p connections. in my experience it has been spyware on the xp machine preventing the w98 machine(s) from connecting. install Ad-aware SE and Spybot S&amp (free downloads), update each program, then boot into safe mode to run eazch programs' scans. scanning in safe mode is the best way to remove spyware.
even better, download the WinXP SP2 exe file from microsoft, run the scans as above, then boot into normal windows and install SP2. i've had a lot of success keeping spyware out this way.

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by willcomp In reply to P2P Network Partially Con ...

For an OS that supposedly makes it simple to set up a P2P network, XP certainly has its quirks. I've seen 2 small XP P2P networks that did exactly what you describe. Worked yesterday, but not today.

There is no need for ipx/spx, but shouldn't affect anything. I would remove it just to be safe.

For XP PCs, assume that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled but NetBEUI is not installed. NetBIOS over TCP/IP is necessary.

See if any network connections are bridged. Have seen that cause problems.

Ensure that SP1 or SP2 (preferable) is installed on XP PCs.

If TCP/IP is not really required, you may want to use NetBEUI as protocol. See link below for info on how to install in XP.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;301041&sd=tech

Some more light reading that may help:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E88CC382-8CE6-4739-97C0-1A52A6F005E4&displaylang=en

Oh, of the 2 I referred to earlier, got one to work by completely removing and resetting network settings manually. Other one had one rouge XP PC that just wouldn't see shared resources on other PCs. Reinstalled XP and cured problem. Still don't know what caused it.

Dalton

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That's a rogue PC, not a rouge PC. Haven't started selling cosmetics yet.

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by darrynmarr1979 In reply to P2P Network Partially Con ...

tricky this one, ive had some of the errors you've mentioned a few times, here's a few solutions if you havnt alread tried them

1st release and renew ip address for each machine, making sure that DHCP is NOT enabled on either xp machine

2nd check wins configuration in your tcp/ip seetings make sure nothings there

3rd in p2p passworded access to a shared file or folder across xp isnt needed, unless your connecting to a drive or folder with a $ at the end, so try mapping the drive or folder instead of going thru network neighbourhood

4th the network setup wizard assumes a lot of things, so i wouldnt use it myself but thats just me, instead configure your network manually, that way although it takes a bit of time

only advise i have, as ive said ive had the same error as you have"not accessible you might not have permission" and simply set up the network again on all the machines, worked after that,

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