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I am using the Novell Client and NT 3.51 and 4.0 workstation. Sometimes when workstations try to login they receive the following error - "A domain controller could not be found for the specified domain" There is no domain specified. We are not authenticating to a domain.
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by:cbarton
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rightclick on Network Neighborhood and go to Properties.  Select Change.  Make them a member of a workgroup and click OK.  Restart.  It should be OK.  If you 're using New 3com cards (3C905B) then it's a flaw in the card.
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They already belong to a workgroup, we are using the 3c905 cards is this documented on 3com's page anywhere?
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No they don't, but I work for Ingram Book Company and all of our new PC's have the cards in them.  We don't have any problens with the 3C905 cards, but the 3C905B gives us the domain controller problem whenever we build a new PC.  Sometimes going into the card setup and manually configuring it helps, but it doesn't always work.  Our vendor is currently working on the problem with 3-COM.  Hopefully they will come out with a driver fix.  If you try a different type of card I can almost guarantee you won't have the problem.  Maybe an old NE2000?  That has always worked for us.
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by:maryann071598
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It's always the same pcs that are having the problem, not all the 3c905b have this problem (I have one of those cards and I have never had that problem) - I'll try updating their drivers and / or a different nic.

Thanks
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by:maryann071598
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I looked at the 6 pcs that are having this problem - they all have different 3com cards - 3c595tx, 3c509tp, 3c905tx, 3c590

Do you still think it is a problem with the 3com cards?
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The problem was solved by making sure that the computer name and IP host name were the same. If they were different the user would start getting this message.
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