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after install of 98se, can't get machines to network

hjaycox asked
I had reg win 98 on 3 machines, all networked together and all could see and work with one another.

I reloaded win 98se onto two of them and left one with reg win 98.

now none can see any of the others, let alone work with each other.

where do I start?????????????????????

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Sharing and HOME LAN
From: stevenlewis                               Date: Tuesday, November 21 2000 - 07:58PM EST

                     ping is a tcp/ip testing utility
                     from a dos prompt type
                     ping www.xxx.yyy.zzz 
                     where www.xxx.yyy.xxx is the ip adress of the machine that you are try to contact
                     for example on my network I have
                     machine #1
                     machine #2
                     from mach #1 i would type (from the dos prompt)
                     and from mach #2
                     this would let me know if the machines are talking to each other
                      I would suggest you set up the network like this
                     all machines in the same workgroup (whatever the name is)
                     each machine must have a unique computer name (15 characters max no spaces, no wildcard characters.
                     suggested mach1, mach2 mach3, mach4)
                     set these next values from the control panel, network applet.tcp/ip properties for the network adapter
                     gateway blank
                     disable DNS, disable WINS
                     gateway blank
                     disable DNS, disable WINS
                     gateway blank
                     disable DNS, disable WINS
                     gateway blank
                     disable DNS, disable WINS
                     add the netbeui protocol from the control panel, network applet, click add, click protocol, click microsoft, and highlight
                     Also make sure file and printer sharing is added and enabled. If file and printer sharing is not on the machine, go to contol
                     panel, network applet, add, service, add, file and printer sharing for micrososft networks. then form the network applet
                     (control panel) configuration tab, click file and printer sharing, and check I want to be able to give others access to my files,
                     and do the same for printers (if you want to share the printer).
                     Reboot, go to explorer, in the left pane, right click on C:\ and choose sharing from the popup menu
                     click shared as and use cmach(x) as the share name
                     where x is the machine number you assigned above
                     Hopefully this will do it for you
Top Expert 2007

And another step by step.

Network Sharing

                      Assuming that Windows has detected your plug and play cards without any
                      problems, it's time to set up your network. Note that you'll have to set up both
                      computers in order for them to connect to one another.

                      Windows will most likely ask you for a network password now because it has
                      some new options in the network configuration. Just hit [Enter], and Windows
                      will start up normally. You'll see an icon on your desktop that's labeled
                      Network Neighborhood. Right-click on this icon and select Properties. A
                      window will pop up labeled Network. You should see your new network card
                      listed, along with Client for Microsoft Windows. These two items are
                      necessary to have your network up and running. Next, you need to add some
                      protocols, which let your computers "talk" back and forth with each other.

                      Click on Add, and a window will pop up giving you the following options:


                      Highlight Protocol, then click Add. Another window will pop up, and you will
                      see a list of manufacturers on the left with Network Protocols on the right.
                      Select Microsoft from the manufacturers, look in the list for IPX/SPX, and then
                      click OK. Repeat this procedure, and add the following two protocols if they
                      are not installed already:

                           NetBEUI (pronounced NET-BOO-EE)

                      Once all of these protocols are installed, you will see them listed underneath
                      your network card in the Network window. Scroll down and find TCP/IP ->
                      (your adapter name here). Double-click on this protocol to open another
                      window. You will see a collection of tabs to select from. You need to choose
                      the IP Address tab, select Specify IP Address, and type in the following

                           IP ADDRESS:
                           SUBNET MASK:

                      Note: Each computer needs a different IP address. If the first computer you
                      set up has, the second will need, and so on for every
                      computer in the network. The subnet mask will always be on
                      each computer in the network.

                      Once you have completed these steps, click OK to return to the Network
                      window. At the bottom of the window, you have a choice of Primary Network
                      Signon. If you do not want to be prompted for a password every time you load
                      windows, you need to select Windows Login from the drop down box.
                      Otherwise, leave this area alone.

                      Finally, so that all computers will be on the same network, you need to
                      identify the individual computers and assign a name to the network. To do so,
                      you need to select the Identification tab in the Network window. For computer
                      name, you can name the first computer COMPUTER1, the second computer
                      COMPUTER2, and so on for every computer connected.

                      Workgroup is the name of the network that the computers will be looking for in
                      order to speak with one another. By default, Windows gives this the name
                      WORKGROUP. You can change the name of the workgroup to anything that
                      you would like, such as Home, but each computer on the network MUST have
                      the same workgroup in order to "see" one another. It is also best to capitalize
                      the name you give the workgroup, just in case, so that Windows will definitely
                      be able to recognize it without any problems.

                       You also have to enable File or printer sharing.  This is done in the network neigborhood properties   .  On the bottom hald of the screen there is a button called File and printer sharing. You have to enable at least one of these.

                  Now, make sure you have your Windows CD handy. Click the Apply button,
                      and then click OK. Windows will prompt you for your CD to install the drivers
                      needed to set up the network. Afterwards, Windows will ask to reboot to
                      complete the installation. Click OK, and you're almost ready to go!

                      Share and share alike
                      The final step to networking, once Windows has rebooted, is to set up each
                      computer to share their resources! This process is very simple and will allow
                      users from your network to get into one another's computers.

                      Note: Enabling sharing can allow individuals on the Internet to get into your
                      computer. It is advised that you put a password on all items that you intend to

                      First, double click on My Computer on your desktop. You will see the icons
                      for your hard drive(s) and CD-ROM(s). To share these items, right-click on
                      each individual item and select Sharing. A window will pop up, giving you the
                      choice to set the item as shared or not shared. Select Shared As, and you
                      will be given more options. Select the access type that you wish to use, and
                      be sure to give a password to secure your network from intruders. Once
                      you are done, click the Apply button, then OK. Repeat this step for each drive
                      you wish to share on your network.


have you shared the drives on the new ones??

It sounds like two of your network cards didn't load the drivers correctly from what you described above. I would check device manager and reload the drivers for the cards. It should at least be checked too make sure they do not have a problem. Dave
Top Expert 2007

I would also suggest getting the latest drivers for the web site for each nIC card. The ones included with win98 are old !

I hope this helps !

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