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This is what I'm running;

The server (Computer 'A'):
486 DX-2 80Mhz
40 MB RAM
Genoa Windows VGA 24 1MB video board
Genius LAN GE2000III PnP Ethernet Card
using RJ-45 cable

The Workstation (Computer 'B'):
Pentium 200Mhz MMX
128 MB RAM
STB Velocity 3D video card w/8MB
Genius LAN GE2500II PCI Ethernet Card
Both the server and the workstation have Windows 95 loaded and are running fine. The NIC card drivers have been loaded and I see no conflicts in the device manager. When booting both machines I am prompted for a network password which is the same on both.

I tried each protocol one at a time. But under the Network
Neighborhood I lost each computer. I have loaded back in all three protocols IPX/SPX, NetBeui, and TCP/IP. I think may help explain;

Computer 'A' which I call the server, has all the drives shared. Also on the server in Network Neighborhood is listed 'Entire Network',and 'Server'(Computer 'A'). At one point I had the workstation (Computer'B') listed as well, but after reinstalling so many time I lost it.

On Computer 'B' or the workstation in Network Neighborhood is listed 'Entire Network', 'Workstation' (Computer 'B'). Computer 'A' is not listed and I have no access.

The Client software loaded on both machines is 'Client for Microsoft Networks'.  This is a follow up to my previous question.  I have reinstalled and have new info.  I tried to access the computers in DOS again.  On the Server Computer'A', I still get the same message.  On the workstation Computer'B', I received this message "This device does not exist on the network.  reading drive?  Abort, Retry, Fail?"  This is what I typed in at the prompt "dir \\SRV1\C"

On Computer 'A' in N.Neighborhood I am getting "Entire Network, Srv1, and Wrk".  The drives are listed when double clicked on Srv1 but when double clicking Wrk I receive "\\Wrk is not accessible.  This device does not exist on the network."

Also, on other thing, on Computer 'A' The NIC that is installed is not the NIC that I have.  In other words I have he Genius LAN GE2000III PnP card installed but the drivers under Device Manager has "Realtek RT8019 PnP LAN adapter or compatible" listed.  I have tried to reinstall from disk many times but it keeps going back to Realtek.

Edit:  I have been able to install the correct NIC card.  However I am unable to bind the TCP/IP.
eg. TCP/IP ->GE2000III Series Ethernet Adapter
Nor was I able to have File and Print Sharing say on.
Is this because the TCP/IP is not binding?

This is how I was attempting to bind the TCP/IP;

Opened "Control Panel"

Opened "Network"

Clicked "Add"

Clicked "Protocol"

Clicked "Microsoft", "TCP/IP" then "OK"

The system loaded some files and then I rebooted.

Opened "Control Panel"

Opened "Network"

Clicked "File and Print Sharing"

The system loaded some files and then I rebooted again.

But when I check it its not there.
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by:keldove
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Try this at the dosprompt:
net use k: \\srv1\c
(you did call your c-drive for C when you shared it? - see network "files and printers" i think)
k:
dir
(remember lastdrive=Z)
Check that you are using the same mask on both PC's and they have the same workgroup name!



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by:keldove
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Can you "ping srv1"?
Can you "ping its IP-adress"? (like ping 192.168.112.10)
Can you "ping 127.0.0.1" on both PC's?

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by:suobs
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Let me know if you would like to try an alternative to networking (cable connection).
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by:bigelos
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To make your card type "Genius" instead of "Realtek", simply open the network icon in control panel, click on your "Realtek" adapter, then properties, then driver, then update driver, then have disk.  Insert your floppy in the drive, click on browse or type in a:\win95.  You will also need your Win95 CD.

That should do it for your card name change.  I can email you the floppy if you need it.
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I have the same network card and I was just going through the exact same thing you are last week.  Here are some pointers that worked for me:

Get rid of all your network protocols on each machine, and uninstall the network cards.  (Start over from scratch.)  Change your logon to Windows Logon (from Client for MS).   Reboot.  Win95 should detect your NIC.  When it does, write down the IRQ, I/O, etc. that it is going to use.  (You may have to reboot at this point to get the info.)  Go through the process of getting Win95 to show the correct NIC name.

Reboot again.  (This step may or may not be necessary, but it is one of the things I did...)  When you first see Starting Win95, press F8 and boot to command prompt, safe mode.  Put your floppy in and go into the setup program.  Set your card up exactly as Win95 had it set up.  Reboot.

In the Network settings (under control panel), add protocol.  You want this one to be Microsoft's NetBeui.  You'll probably have to reboot again.  At this point, you should have the network up and running.  Don't bother with TCP/IP yet--make sure the computers are talking first, then branch out to TCP/IP.  (NetBeui is much easier to set up.)

Note, if it is not up and running, try switching the cards around between the machines.  My GE2000III-2 was not compatible with one of my MB's.
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