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Xp Rejecting Access

By cesare ·
I have an XP Home machine running as a file server on a network. Its sole function is to store files/documents.
Users on the Network access files on this machine, edit and save them to this machine.

Problem: I have a windows 98 machine that is unable to access this machine at different times.
Have tried rebooting, checked shares etc. the other Win98 machines can access it Ok, although one or two have also done this.

the Win98 machine in question can see the network and can access the other machines as well as another XP machine on the network

Any suggestions?


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by Blackcurrant In reply to Xp Rejecting Access


If you are getting intermittent access, it suggests the problem may be hardware related. Check/replace the cable from the Win98 machines NIC and make sure it is firmly attached. Are you using CAT5 cable or BNC. If the latter, you need to make sure the connectors are firmly connected to the cable itself.

Good luck

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by bmedlock In reply to Xp Rejecting Access

First of all I'll state the obvious, XP Home was not designed to be a file server, hence there will be some frustration because you are making it do what it's not supposed to, according to Microsoft, but who ever listens to them anyway.
Here's a few things to try. I never use XP Home, so if I suggest you look somewhere, and it's not there, rest assured it is, if you have XP Pro.
XP Home comes with the infamous "Home Networking Wizard" Try it if you haven't! It will make a disk for you to take to the Win98 PC to set it up for the network. If that doesn't work, check your permissions.
Disable Simple File Sharing:
1. Click Start, click All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
2. In Windows Explorer, click Folder Options on the Tools menu.
3. Click the View tab, click to clear the Use Simple File Sharing (Recommended) check box, and then click OK.

Still no luck? Ping the server from the client and vice versa. If the server can ping the client, but the client can't ping the server, check to see if a firewall is setup on the server. If so, disable it.
Stil no luck? Go to a command prompt, in Win98 got to Start->Run and type "command".
Type "net view"
this should the computers on the network. Is the server there?
Yes or no, assuming the server's name is server, and the share you are trying to access is named SHARE type "net use z: \\server\share"
If it replies, "Command completed successfully" you just mapped drive letter z: to the server and your network works fine, it's the Network Neighborhood that's not cooperating.
Still no luck?
Check your protocols. Is NetBeui enabled on the problem PC and not the others, or the other way around? Is your subnet the same on all PC's?
Let me know if you've been through all this and still are having trouble.

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by grbeckmeyer In reply to Xp Rejecting Access

On the 98 system, open a command prompt and type 'net config' and enter. Look for the User name...that name must exist as a user account on the XP box. You can either setup that name on the XP box, or login to 98 as a different user. I forget which network components you need to install to get a login box, but you might be able to just click Start, then logout to bring up a login prompt.

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by dustyD In reply to Xp Rejecting Access

If connectivity and access rights are not the issue;
In addition, I believe you will be limited to 5 connections simultaneously in XP Pro or Home. When a user is no longer connected, it may also think the connection still exists and not allow anymore connections if you at the limit.
As above, it was not designed to be a file server.
You may also check the 98 machine logs to see if services are stopping for some reason.

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by cesare In reply to Xp Rejecting Access

Thanks - I will try tomorrow.

I think the 4th answer I got regarding the limited to 5 connections simultaneously in XP
makes the most sense -

Anyone have a workaround regarding this?

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by wlbowers In reply to Xp Rejecting Access

I have had XP home cut me off at 3 people trying to share a printer.

No there is no "reliable" way around this.


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