Problems Networking a Windows XP Home PC with two Windows 98 PCs

Posted on 2003-03-18
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Last Modified: 2010-03-19
Can anyone explain what I should do to make this work?

I have one PC running Windows XP Home and 2 PCs running Windows 98.  They are all connected via a Hub which is also connected to a DSL modem for internet access.
The internet Access works fine. Each PC has its own IP address manually entered for accessing the DSL connection. The IPs are provided by the DSL company, as is the Subnet Mask.

The 2 windows 98 computers can see eachother fine, and access shares on eachother fine.  They cannot access shares on the windows xp. It says The computer or share cannot be found.

The windows xp computer is also not seeing the "workgroup" which does match on all 3 computers, so it cannot access the 98 computers.  It says "workgroup" is not accessible. The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available"

We have used the "home networking" disk on the windows 98 computers but that did not help.
We do have File and Printer Sharing installed on the two windows 98 computers.
We do have shares created on all the computers also.

Any ideas here??
Question by:Zakoriz
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ID: 8160847
I've had this problem before and I enabled the quest account and everything worked fine after that.

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ID: 8161630
First off see if you can ping betweeen all the machines. If you can't then your network is not set up right and you need to start over. If you can, make sure netbios is enabled and that your WINS and DNS is off unless you have these servers there. Other than that, just reverify your settings. Hope this helps.

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Vwrinn earned 150 total points
ID: 8163644
Also, if you can ping, make sure that file sharing is turned on on the XP machine or else you won't be able to see it in the network settings. Run a search in XP help on file sharing and it will show you how to do it. Also, make sure Netbios is either set to auto or enabled over TCP/IP.

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