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XP/98 networking issue

by dirtyrich / February 28, 2004 5:11 AM PST

I recently upgraded one of my two 98se comps in my home to XP. They're connected through a Linksys router, and both can access the internet, do email, and all that stuff. The problem is that they can't see each other for file and print sharing.
I have sharing enabled and stuff shared, they both have the same workgroup name, and I've disabled the XP's firewall.
Any ideas? I'd be extremely grateful.

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Re:XP/98 networking issue
by Michael Geist / February 28, 2004 6:14 AM PST
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1) Try the Search feature from either machine, first using the computer name then the IP address
2) Check the IP and Subnet addresses, they should be in the same range.
3) Try Netview and Ping from a command prompt.

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Re:Re:XP/98 networking issue
by grich962 / February 29, 2004 10:49 PM PST

XP has a network setup wizard for your situaltion. It will work as I used it for my network. 1 Computer XP 1 computer 98 and the other 98SE

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Re:Re:XP/98 networking issue
by dirtyrich / March 1, 2004 4:10 AM PST

Michael, how do you ping?

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Re:Re:Re:XP/98 networking issue
by Michael Geist / March 1, 2004 4:30 AM PST

Start/Run/cmd. In the DOS-like box that appears type in ping 192.168.1.xxx or whatever the address of the other computer is. You can also use the computers name instead of the IP address. If you do not receive a positive response, then networking is not working.

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Re:Re:Re:Re:XP/98 networking issue
by dirtyrich / March 8, 2004 12:13 AM PST

They'll ping each other, but again, the file sharing is working 1/2 of the time (with only the XP machine seeing the 98), and print sharing not working at all. If it helps, when I got to Network Places in XP, the 98 is put in the internet zone, not the local network.

I'm guessing that I'll just have to remove all network settings and start from scratch...so what I'd like to know is step by step instructions on how to set up an XP and 98 machine on a network through a Linksys router. I've seen people swearing by XP's Network Setup Wizard, and others telling me it won't work. Anyone who has done this or has seen it done, please reply.

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:XP/98 networking issue
by Michael Geist / March 9, 2004 8:42 AM PST

You have confirmed that the hardware part of the network is correctly set and operating:

1) NICs are lit and flashing during operation?
2) Cables are new or home made? (Home made cables can give you that 1/2 of the time networking)
3) Routers firmware is updated?

On the software side I would:

1) Not use the Network setup wizard in XP(seems to cause more issues then it solves).
2) Make sure both PCs are on the same workgroup
3) Make sure both PCs are set to obtain their IPs automatically
4) File and Print sharing is enabled on both machines
5) Some resources are set to share
6) Your local printer is shared and the client computer is set to use a Network Printer when you run the Add Printer wizard.

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:XP/98 networking issue
by David Chan / March 9, 2004 9:13 AM PST

"Network Places in XP, the 98 is put in the internet zone, not the local network."
Here is likely your problem.
All PCs should show in the Network for you to access them.
It may be a good idea to start over.
Make sure you use only TCP/IP protocol and don't add NetBEUI to the Win98 PCs.

On my home network I can even access PCs that are not on the same Workgroup and share files without any problems.
For example my son's PC is on a different workgroup than my three other PCs but on the same Linksys Router and we can share files without any problems.

Try and add a common user on all PCs or when you access the XP PC from your Win98 PC sign in as the Administrator or user with Administrator privileges.

Review these links:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=813936
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/xp/addxp.htm
http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/usingwindows/work/articles/906Jun/Shareprinter.asp

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:XP/98 networking issue
by dirtyrich / March 9, 2004 9:08 PM PST

Thank you very much, I'm gonna try it again.

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Re:XP/98 networking issue
by dirtyrich / March 9, 2004 4:30 AM PST
In reply to: XP/98 networking issue

Anyone?

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