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98SE/XP Network Problem

by matvann / May 3, 2005 10:54 AM PDT

I have a desktop running 98SE and a laptop running XP. I attempted to creat a file/print sharing network using checklists that I've found on other sites. Everything appears to be set up properly. So here's the problem. If my XP machine (laptop) is off, the 98SE machine (desktop) can access the workgroup (obviously, the laptop files are not available because it's off). As soon as I turn on the laptop, the desktop cannot do anything on the network. There's a "Unable to browse network...The network is not accessible" message. So as you can imagine, I can never even see the laptop on the desktop. For the laptop, I can always see the desktop, but as soon as I try to access the shared files, I get a "[drive] is not might not have path not found" message. Does anybody have any idea what could fix this? Thanks for any help.


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More info please. . .
by Coryphaeus / May 3, 2005 11:48 AM PDT

Are you running a DCC (Direct cable connection) or a router setup? Maybe a USB to USB connection? Tell us more.

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More info
by matvann / May 3, 2005 2:53 PM PDT
In reply to: More info please. . .

Both computers are connected via wireless to a router. I tried to set it up via TCP/IP (not that I know enough to know what that means). It worked a couple months ago, but I had to format the drive of the 98SE computer.

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A format of an OS....
by Michael Geist / May 3, 2005 7:05 PM PDT
In reply to: More info

brings up some other questions, for instance.

Were the proper drivers for the machines hardware nstalled?

Try creating a user on the XP machine for the 98 machine (ie the same name as the 98 machine).

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by Farmboy / May 3, 2005 12:58 PM PDT

Search the forum, This one and the OS one. I think you need NetBEUI. I had the same problem. you have to down load the NetNEUI stuff to your XP computer. NetBEUI is not support under WinXP but you have to be running it under your local area connections. You have to download the stuff from the internet, then install, then Install the intem under your network properties.
Sorry I can't be more specific, but I don't have the 98 computer any more and I've had an XP hard drive crash so all that stuff is lost.
Search the CNET forum and/or the Windows support site and/or Google.
It's not hard once you find the right stuff. Good luck.

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by matvann / May 5, 2005 9:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Use NetBEUI
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