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Can't make a network socket connection

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Help!!! I re-installed my win95 communication devices and multimedia files, and now I am swamped with socket errors.  Netscape say "can't open a network socket connection," Outlook Express and mIRC give similar error messages.  Proxomitron says can't find internet socket (or some such thing, sorry I'm typing this from work).

Also, now my webcam won't work thru my parallel port (don't know if this is related or not).  I can't even run my Rescue Disk because it says scsi.scf file not found, run scsicfg.exe, which I have tried several times to no avail.

I can boot-up windows with no problem, and connect to my dial-up connection.  The socket errors appear when trying to connect to any sites or servers using internet software.

I am running a P200mmx, 64mb, final windows 95 edition.

Also, I can only find one instance of wsock32.dll on my pc, although I did notice a ws2__32.dll (?) in the system file, if that makes any difference.

Thanks in advance.
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by:jj_mako
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can you ping?
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by:loincloth
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I haven't tried that.  I used to have a ping utility but can't find it right now. What's the simplest way to try pinging from windows?
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by:liebrand
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Try reinstalling the Windows 95 Winsock 2 Update
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by:jj_mako
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drop down to a dos prompt, this will put you in the windows directory.

type "ping (ip address)"

example:
ping 192.168.0.1

you can do a loopback too.

ping 127.0.0.1

try the loopback first and let me know what you get.
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by:jhance
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Sounds to me like you don't have Microsoft TCPIP Protocol installed.  If PING.EXE is not installed on your system, that's an indication that the whole package is missing.

Open the Network Control Panel and choose Add, then Protocols, then Microsoft/TCPIP

After it's installed and configured, you should be back in business.
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by:loincloth
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I have all that installed.
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by:loincloth
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To liebrand:

Have tried doing that twice now to no avail.  This is the oddest thing.  Everything appears to be normal.
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liebrand earned 200 total points
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I recommend uninstall Winsock 2, go back to the original Winsock stuff. Then completely remove TCP/IP and all your dialup settings from Network under control panel. Restart your computer, reinstall your Dial-Up adapter, and TCP/IP protocol and see if that resolves the problem.

It obviously has to do with the winsock stuff because all these programs tap into that in order to access the internet.
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by:jj_mako
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are you using dial-up networking to connect, or is it through a lan connection?
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by:loincloth
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liebrand:

Will try your suggestions this evening when I'm home. Thanks.

jj mako:

Dial-up networking
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by:loincloth
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liebrand:

So I am clear on this, what is the best way to make a clean uninstall of winsock 2?

And after I re-install Dial-Up adapter, and TCP/IP protocol, should I run the winsock update exe file? Or upgrade to msdun 1.3???  This stuff seems much more confusing than it really should be (curse you Bill).

Thanks.
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by:loincloth
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Well, your recommendations eventually worked out though I struggled on how to execute them I must admit.

Thanks to all for their input.
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by:liebrand
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Glad to hear it!
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