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Networking Problem

Posted on 1999-07-23
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I have a home network that connects up to five computers, all running Windows 98.  I recently replaced one of the computers in the network.  The new computer is having trouble connecting to the network.  It recognizes the network, and shows all the computers in the network except itself.  You can access shared resources on the other network computers from this computer.  Other computers on the network do not see the new computer.
I presume that this is a configuration problem, but I have checked the settings time and again, and can't find anything wrong with the settings.
Any advise on this problem would be appreciated.  Thank you.
Question by:jlgrant
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Expert Comment

ID: 1675101
Go to Control Panel Network and list everything that is in the (on the puter that is not showing up)

The Following Componants are installed on this computer


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ID: 1675102
First check if the harddrive on this computer has been shared.If not then share it by right clicking & clicking on sharing.
if it is already done so or you dont see sharing when you right click on the harddrive then  :
goto mycomputer/control panel/network
click on file & printer sharing.
Check if both are check marked.
if not then check mark it.
if yes then remove file & printer sharing in the configuration.It will be the last one listed.
click on ok
shut down the computer & restart it
once that is done .reinstall file & printer sharing by clicking on the file & printer shring button.once that is done restart the computer.& share the harddrive on this computer.that should solve the problem.

Expert Comment

ID: 1675103
Check out this Knowledge Base article on Troubleshooting Windows 95/98 Network Connection Problems:

It would be a good idea to step through all the procedures (11). Your specific issue is discussed in step 10 of the KB article.

Hope this helps


Author Comment

ID: 1675104
The suggestions of vispaul and ramcomp led me to find the problem.  For reference, the problem was that I had identified the offending computer on the network with a mixed-case name. (Susan)  I changed the name to all uppercase, and the problem disappeared.
With the mixed-case name,
1. I could find the computer using UNC.  
2. The network redirector test (item 8 in Q192534) found a duplicate name.
3. Windows 98's Net Diag utility indicated that the computers on the network were communicating.

Moral: Don't assume that case is unimportant.

Thank you all for your help.
Jim Grant

Expert Comment

ID: 1675105
After reinstalling FPS (and making sure that all shared drives are really shared - that's my favorite screwup), try TCP/IP as the LAN transport instead of BEUI. It's better at irregular packets ( and 98 likes irregular packets).
Go to Control Panel/Network, click the "Add" button and double-click Microsoft. Select TCP/IP. After a pause, while it installs and binds to the network card, you'll see it listed as a network component like this: Net BEUI - - > (Name of Network Card). Double-click this item. Select the button for "Specify and IP address" and enter a discrete IP for each computer (e.g.;;;
etc. etc.). For Subnet Mask just use for all stations.

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