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Unable to see the other PC when networking with Windows XP PRO

Posted on 2003-03-12
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have 2 reasonable spec PCs with Windows XP Pro installed, i am unable to network the 2 together and its driving me mad. I have installed new NICs, tried different PCI slots and different crossover cables but each still cant see the other, i have no hardware conflicts on either, one has a USB cable modem additional to the NIC and the other a Firewire card, i have tried the IPCONFIG and ping check, it works for this one ( the master due internet connection ) but fails ( timeout ) from the client, both PCs have a 169.254.***.*** IP address, i am sure ( regardless of what MS troubleshooting says ) there is not a hardware fault -  can anyone help please??
Question by:Rimmer2003
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Expert Comment

ID: 8123968
try using static ip's on each
Mach #1
subnet mask
gateway blank
disable dns and wins

Mach #2
subnet mask
 gateway blank
disable dns and wins

and enable NetBIOS over tcp
do you have link lights on the NIC's
also force the NIC's to 10mbit half duplex (for troubleshooting)

Accepted Solution

DanielSJ earned 100 total points
ID: 8141230
Is there firewall in your computers? if so, remove or disable first.


Author Comment

ID: 8141872
I thank you both for the replies,since my initial post i tried static IPs etc as above and the results were the same ,ie the client still couldnt ping the host, with the help of a friend we deactivated TCP/IP on both PCs for the NICs only and installed NETBEUI, i can now share files etc both ways with no problem, i would rather share the net as well though.
I have Deactivated the XP integrall firewall at both PCs but have the Norton firewall left protecting my USB cable modem acccess - As a novice i thought XP was meant to be easy for this sort of thing ( Joke ).
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Expert Comment

ID: 8142280
OK, make this change on machine #2
enable dns and use the dns ip provided by your isp or

Assisted Solution

AltonD earned 100 total points
ID: 8146582
have you tried disableing the norton firewall?

It has been awhile since I used norton internet security, but I had to add a trusted computer to the allowed list.  use the name or ip address or set a range of trusted computer's ip addresses.

If all works well with NORTON IS disabled, this is waht you will need to figure out.


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