Event ID 8033 (Browser forced an election

Posted on 1997-08-26
Last Modified: 2013-12-23

I'm having trouble with my Win95-WinNT two computer network.
I've been getting this message in the event viewer (source BROWSER):

The browser has forced an election on network \Device\NetBT_RTL80294 because a master browser was stopped.

Then I'll get SVR errors:
The server has encountered a network error.

The network card is a Realtek RTL8029.  I've got a dual boot
Win95/WinNT on one computer.  Win95-Win95 works fine, but
neither computer sees each other when the computer is set up
with WinNT.  I think if I can solve the BROWSER problem, setting up the network will be much easier.

Question by:DanMarino
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shepherds earned 100 total points
ID: 1564351
The browser service operates using broadcasts to maintain
browse lists. Browse lists contain available network resources
as displayed in Net Neighbourhood.

At any one time a domain master browser maintains the master
browse list. This is held on the primary domain controller.  For redundancy a backup master browse list is maintained on otyher
systems in the network.

By default 95 is a potential browser meaning it can become a master browser.

When a master browser goes down then an election is forced.
A new master browser is nominated according to various criteria.

Hence your problem lies in the shuttling back and forth of the browse list as you stop and start each machine.

Firstly ensure that your machine names are different for
your dual boot setups.

Secondly ensure that in your NT-95 configuration there is a common network protocol.

Thirdly ensure that the "workgroup entry" in Network control
panel uder 95 is set to the domain name.

If you leave your systems switched on then this will stop the
browser elections

Author Comment

ID: 1564352

I'm not using domains, just workgroups.  Should I try to use
a domain for just a 2 computer setup?


Expert Comment

ID: 1564353
The browser service operates in a similar manner for workgroups. That is a master browser is held for each workgroup and elections are forced when the master browser
goes down.

Expert Comment

ID: 1564354
The browser service operates in a similar manner for workgroups. That is a master browser is held for each workgroup and elections are forced when the master browser
goes down.

I dont think a domain will solve your problem if you are only
going to have two systems.

Do you have the file and print service installed for 95?

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