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By maa ·
Dear Sir or Madam

It is highly appreciated if you can help me in solving my problem.

I am working on a computer running windows XP. I have installed windows XP on this computer recently (about 2 weeks).

Before I installed windows XP on thiscomputer, I was using windows 98 and also in my office there is 3 other computers running windows 98.

Before new installation (windows XP on my computer) my computer and 3 other computers had a Microsoft Network with coaxial cable (Bus Topology).

My problem is this: after windows XP installation, my network adapter doesn?t detect the Network and other computers. My network adapter is ?Winbond W89c940-Based Ethernet Adapter (Generic)?

I checked and it is in HCL for windows XP.

I tired all my best and I have used Network troubleshooter several times but my problem still is there.

At the moment my computer is one of 4 computers which are connected to each other thru coaxial cable (about 20 meter length total). All other 3 computer see each other and use shared printer, but I can?t see ?.one of them.

When I point mouse over Network icon in the system tray this message appears:

?Local Area connection A Networks cable is unplug? while the coaxial cable is connected to network adapter (T- Connector) and the green LED normally blinks.



Thank you in advance for your guidance and help.



Best Regards

M. Aleahmad

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by Magetower In reply to small office network

What you really need to look at is the properties for the NIC card. Because the system is using a 'generic' winbond driver for the NIC it may not have correctly configured the card for coax use. In the properties for the LAN connection click on the Properties button under the adapter and make sure it is configured correctly for coax.

In most cases an XP install will default back to the 'factory' settings for NIC cards. This has caused me a number of problems that were readily fixed just by correcting the NIC configuration.

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by ChrisRLG In reply to small office network

This seems to be WinXP giving the problem and not the win98 machines. (I also had a problem connecting such-and still do at times) It seems that a lot of corporate systems are not changing to XP due to compatability with other Win9X systems. Win2000does not have the problems it seems.

Answer 1 gave:
Are you sure your workgroup name is identical to the 98 machines? Is your IP address in the same range and subnet?

This is important as WinXp uses a differant default name for workgroups (MSHOME instead of WORKGROUP) also make such your WinXP machine is not using DOMAINS as this will not work with win98 machines in a peer to peer network.

Have you enabled the firewall in WinXP as this could be blocking connections!

Make sure thatthe netbios connections are enabled as well as tcp/ip connections of your network card.

What network card do you have - how does it sellect the cable type that it is to use if it has multi connections available - some old cards had to be told by a program (supplied with the card) which to use, and the install of xp could have changed these.

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