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Linksys BEFSR41 Router and Win2K

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I just got moved into my new house last week, and while waiting for the cable company to come hook up my internet and television, I decided to go ahead and hook up the network.  When I booted everything up it worked fine, my two computers could see eachother and File and Print share worked perfectly.  Well, after the cable company came and hooked up the internet, both computers could get online and was configured with the IP address that the router assigned, but they couldn't see eachother anymore, and I haven't been able to get them too since then.  They are both running Win2K and everything appears to be configured properly, and all the lights on the router and modem are working fine. Is there any setting in Win2K (recently installed on both computers BTW) that I'm no aware of or anything I should know about to why they can't see eachother but can see the internet?

Sorry if long :P Thank you!
Seth
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OH

By the way, my faster comp has a 10/100 connection to the router, but my slower computer only has  10mps connection, would that affect it?  I don't think so because it worked before the cable internet was installed

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What are the IP addresses of the two machines?  Can you ping each other using IP address?  If so, what about by name?  Can you define "can't see each other"?
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the router assigns each computer their own IP address, and yes, I do receive a reply from each when I ping them.  When I say they "can't see eachother", that means we can't share files or connect to the pc's together to use the file and print share, which happens to be installed on both pc's.
 
Remember both pc's are using Win2K and the file and print share worked fine before the internet was installed.

strange...
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I just noticed that one of my pc's does not have the latest Win2K service packs installed.  would this have anything to do with it?  I can't install now because my roomate has a BIOS password (blah) and I wouldn't be able to restart.

Just a note
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I doubt that the SP would be an issue - otherwise it probably would have been an issue before.

What about the other questions?  What IP addresses did you get?  You can ping each by name AS WELL as IP address?  If so, what happens when you go to the run line and type in:

\\Computer\share

Obviously you should replace "Computer" with the name of the computer and "share" with the name of the share on the other computer.  You can also try to use the IP address in place of the "Computer".

Also, when you say "can't share", what does that mean?  Do you get error messages?  If so, when?  Can you actually not create a share or can you not access a share?
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well the router assigned the two computers these addresses, 192.168.1.101 and x.x.x.102   and the router is the static IP address for the internet.

i can't browse by names, and when i try to run the network path, it says the network path is not found.  

We can't share our shared folders, for instance, i have have a shortcut to the computers on each desktop, when I doubleclick it, it normally prompts for username and pass, but it doesn't do that anymore, tells me the network path is not found.  I even went to the network neighborhood and searched for the computers, but it still can't find them.

i raised the points to 400  :) thanks for your help so far!
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Try using the IP address in the computer name portion for the "run" line"

\\192.168.1.xxx\share

substitute the "xxx" with either the "101" or "102" for the IP address.

This should work and show that you purely have a name resolution problem.  If I am correct, you should be able to modify your lmhosts file to add entries for both machines and you should work fine.
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You hit the nail right on the head man.

Works fine when I put the network path using the address instead of the name.

How would i modify my lmhosts file??

Thanks so much
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There should be a file called lmhosts.sam that sits in c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc.  This will give you the instructions.  However, to make it simple you can simply create the file in notepad (just call it lmhosts with no extension) and then add a line such as:

192.168.1.101    Computer


Where "Computer" is the name of your machine.  Usually you put a tab between the IP and the name.  Do this on each and you should be able to ping by name and consequently access shares by name.  This may or may not change your ability to see each other in Network Neighborhood.  This would probably need some additional tweaking.  Personally, my main concern is accessing resources by name from the run line or by mapping drives.
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Where do I save this lmhosts file I create?  in the /drivers/etc folder?
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Yep.
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Thanks so much man, this problem has been bugging me for weeks.  Thanks again for all your help!
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Not a problem.  Glad you got it working!
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