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No network, no serial

Hi all NT gurus!

We have a HP Kayak workstation. This computer is a part of a microscope system. Therefore it is connected to another computer via a serial cable. It is also connected to our LAN because we would like to connect to printers, etc.

The computer is running NT 4.0 (SP3). The service pack, however, has probably not been reinstalled after some of the latest programs were installed. I am not sure though, since an external technician did it.

Anyway, I saw an answer to some of my questions here. I get the same error namely "The computer browser failed to start........not enough server storage." I checked the suggested key in the registry. It looked as as the default information. I still can not start the computer browser. Should it help to reinstall SP3?

Does anyone know if this error also effect the serial ports? I do not get any response from those. Niether does my network card work.

The following services are running: EventLog, Messenger, Plug'n Play, RPC service, simple TCP/IP, spooler, TCP/IP NetBios Helper and workstation.

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I use a HP Kayak XU with TCP/IP and IPX/SPX (Intranetware Client 4.11a) under NT 4
machine is part of a Workgroup not a domain.
A drive is mapped to a NT Server via share.
From time to time I an the errormessage after booting (at least one service has not been started correctly, check Event Log). If I get this errormessage I cannot connect to the NT Server.

1.) Initialization failed because the requested service redirector could not be started.
2.) The Workstation service terminated with service-specific error 2250.
3.) The Computer Browser service depends on the Workstation service which failed to start because of the following error:
The service has returned a service-specific error code.  
4.) The Messenger service depends on the Workstation service which failed to start because of the following error:
The service has returned a service-specific error code.  

We have a large network (more than thousand NT workstations).

I use  a 3Com 3C900 combo NIC, upgraded the 3Com driver (older version detected lost interrupts), asked our central EDP, nothing did really help.

The only thing I know: TCP/IP is always running properly (ping, TCP/IP connection to an Oracle database). An older P90 PC's which I installed with the same software  (except HW specific drivers) this error never occured.
Hi hallf!
I've seen this problem on numerous computers and after installing SP3 again they all have worked out just fine.
This is because if you install SP3 before drivers for a network card or something that needs system files, the files from SP3 are overwritten by the "old" ones from your NT-CD. Therefore you need to apply the servicepack again.

I don't know if it affects the ports directly but this problem affects the Server Service which the Computer Browser and Net Logon Service depends on. Therefore you won't be able to browse, or share any resources.
The server and browser services can both be stopped and started from control panel services applet. I think these services can be started without any Service Packs. However if these services fail to start even after trying to start the services from the services applet, then the reasons can be found by the error messages which may require the SP. Try to start the services manually .
hallfAuthor Commented:
I have tried to start the services manually. It did not work. But when I reinstalled SP3 they worked just fine. Now, I get my serial to work.

So, reinstalleing SP3 solved my problems.

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