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Small network problem

By gdare ·
I have somehow strange problem:
There is a small network of 4 computres:

Nr.1 IP
C partition: Win Me (needed because of some application)
D partition: WinXP SP2

Nr.2 IP

Nr.3 IP
Win Me

Nr.4 IP
WinXp SP2

Computer Nr.4 is recently added to a network and there is a problem: when computer Nr.1 is turned off
or the user (administrator) is not logged on, Nr.4 can`t see any other machine on the network, while on
the same time any other computer can connect to Nr.4 and to each other (file and printer sharing is on).
When user on Nr.1 is logged, Nr.4 can communicate with other computers except with Nr.1, but Nr.1 can
connect to Nr.4. When I pressed the repair button on Nr.4 (for repairing local area connection) Windows
returned me the following:
Windows could not finish repairing because the following action cannot be completed:
Clearing the ARP cache.

I have tried to make network setup disk on Nr.1 and use it on Nr.4, but after that network was inaccessible
for Nr.4 in any circumstance (but other machines can connect to Nr.4)

Any idea?

I have disabled firewalls on XP machines for LAN, tried to change IP numbers on Nr.4, changed the positions
of cables on the switch and cables between machines, but everything remained the same.
Maybe, I will have to reinstall WinXp on Nr.1?


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by jbaker In reply to Small network problem

Can you ping all of the IP addresses from Nr.4?

Another thing is this: Not sure if this is a typo, but it says that the IP address of Nr.1 is, but the rest of the addresses are 192.168.x.x.

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Yes I can

by gdare In reply to

Yes, I can ping them all except the Nr.1
A friend told me the problem could be solved by entering IP adresses into hosts file of each machine on the network (?)
And it was a mistake, all adresses are in 192.168.x.x

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netbui >> TCPIP protpcol

by NZ_Justice In reply to Small network problem

Is the netbui >> TCPIP protpcol set up nr 4. Try uzing the netwrok setup wizard.

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I did...

by gdare In reply to netbui >> TCPIP protpcol

... but everything remained the same. Also tried with network setup floppy disk but no results.

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Test a connection from one computer to another.

by barron_0108 In reply to Small network problem

Test a connection from one computer to another. Click Start, click Run, type \\computername (where computername is the name of another computer on the network), and then press ENTER. A window opens that contains an icon for each shared folder on the other computer. Open one of the shares to confirm that the connection is working. If you cannot open a shared folder, test in the opposite direction between the computers or between other computers to make sure that the problem is not with a particular computer on the network.

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by gdare In reply to Test a connection from on ...

I have done it already. The problem is definitely in Nr1 and I will have to format and reinstall the WinXp all over again.
Thanks anyway.

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