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By jchabtraining ·
We have a peer to peer network running using Win98, everthing was working just find until we upgraded one of the computers with a new hard and motherboard. When we put the new computer on the network it sees 4 of the 5 computers. What would cause it not to see the 5th computer and how do we fix it? All the other computers on the network can see the new computer, it just doesn't see the one.

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by dmiles In reply to Win98 Network

First check to see if the NIC card is seup properly,are the protocols configured properly,sometimes the proxy server settings could block the computer from seeing one another.On the WINS Configuration tab make sure that Disable WINS resolution is selected.

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by Magetower In reply to Win98 Network

I have found that when adding in a new 95/98 system to a peer-to-peer that the new system takes awhile to pick up the other systems on the network. I run a peer-to-peer (tcpip only) at home and usually have to give any new system anywhere up to an hour to 'aquire' the other systems.

Setting up one of the systems to be the browse master for the network may speed this process up some.

In your network properties select File and Print Sharing then click properties. There you will see the settings for Browse Master.
By default this is set to Automatic but every time a system comes up on a W98 peer-to-peer it forces an election for browse master and tends to slow down building of the browse list. By Enabling one and Disabling the others the election process is eliminated and the designated master will always maintain the browse list.

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by lucard In reply to Win98 Network

Considering you have a simple peer-to-peer network, the easiest way to solve your problem is to reinstall the network on all stations. To do that, simply remove all the protocols, then reinstall them. Also, consider reinstalling file and print sharing. Be sure that the computers are in the same workgroup.

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by NetTek In reply to Win98 Network

Browsing in Win9x when you don't have WINS or DNS to rely on can sometimes be quirky. A quick fix is as follows:

Open Network Neighborhood on the PC that can't see the one computer.

Go to Start -> Find -> Computer and locate computer that is missing.

Drag and drop the computer into Network Neighborhood. Answer "Yes" to the prompt.

The computer should remain in Network Neighborhood on reboot.

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by tech In reply to Win98 Network

Hi, I've seen this happen when you use spaces in the computer name. Check that the missing one has a valid name.

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