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Unable to set IP address in Network

Posted on 1997-09-03
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On one of our recently upgraded ( i.e. W3.11 to W95 )
 W95 machines I am unable to set up TCP/IP networking.

 Within the NETWORK CONTROL PANEL I am unable to enter
 IP addresses in the TCP/IP Properties dialog box.

I can't enter the IP address, the gateway address or
the address of the DNS server. I can change the Host
name and the Domain name. But I can't enter any
IP address or network mask.

When I click on the appropriate field
I do not get a flashing cursor and when I type anything
the machine beeps as if the keyboard buffer is full.

The machine originally worked with a TCP/IP stack over ODI drivers under Windows 3.11. When the user upgraded to W95 they continued to use the ODI drivers
and existing TCP/IP stack.

This worked fine until they downloaded a new version of Netscape Navigator.

At this point the old TCP/IP stack stopped working and they got into a mess.

I got involved after they had deleted the old ODI drivers, TCP/IP stack and associated networking software.

I tried to set up what I call our standard W95 installation using MICROSOFT TCP/IP in the network control panel.

But as I say I am unable to edit any of the address fields.

Peer to peer networking is fine using Netbeui or IPX/SPX. We can share printers and files with the rest of the office.

I have also deleted all references to the network card in the control panel. Rebooted the machine and reinstalled the card. Same problem.

Yesterday I reinstalled W95 from the upgrade disks.

Same problem.

Any thoughts?

Tom.
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nicademus earned 20 total points
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Do you or the person have Microsoft Plus?  or do you have a copy of Internet Explorer on Disk/CD somewhere.  Easiest way around you see is to install IE because Win95 then knows it has to re-install the appropriate TCP/IP drivers, etc.
Then once it is set up you should be able to remove IE, or just leave it there.  Let us know about that...

Anyway the deleting of the ODI drivers was most likely what did it, because it probably removed a dll file, or you may still have one too many drivers there.  Bottom line is you should not have any more than what will be used on the system at its most "driver" dependant times, if you know what I mean.
If you have re-installed Win95, it will not have fixed the prob if you did not do it from scratch because installing Win95 over itself, it only updates files which are corrupt, and it leaves config and ini files, etc as it find them.  If you are going to set it up from scratch, it has to be just that...
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I know a work around to this.  Let me know when the question is unlocked so I may answer.
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