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internet works fine, no file and print sharing

this is a tough one, me and my sr tech have been at this client's for a few hours already on this one.  4 pc network, 2 xp, 1 w2k, 1 98 (fresh build).  everyone ran great after the initial deployment for about 4 months.  file and print sharing, everybody can see other in the N^2, that's company slang for network neighborhood (say it out loud, it just rolls of your tounge).  anyway, we went out to set up a new ,and move some others around, printer about 2 weeks ago.  all in all it took about an hour which was great.  then about a week after all their network services ceased to function.  so we went to look at it.  everyhting is set correctly, no firewalla, netbios is enabled over tcp/ip etc etc, file and print sharing is enabled, all that good stuff.  each machine can ping eachother, and get on the internet, yet on each one, nobody can see eachother at all. i'm not planning on reinstalling all the adapters (we reinstalled one and it didnt change anything), so please don't suggest that as a solution.  any sugestions are greatly appreciated, thanks...

tom

p.s. i am leaning towards a bad router...could that be a possibility?
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shooter1746
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riannuzziCommented:
Hopefully, your win2k machine is server, if it is install wins and have all the clients point to the wins server and reboot all. Make sure the wins server has the IP address of itself as the wins server. While win2k is more dependant on Netbios than most people think and it seems netbios is not travelling correctly on your network, it is prob one node that is causing the problem... anyways just do that and let us know....
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stevenlewisCommented:
> each machine can ping eachother, and get on the internet, yet on each one, nobody can see eachother at all
then probably not a router issue
static IP's or dhcp?
if static, try an lmhosts file on each box
info on lmhosts
http://www.realcomputerguy.com/lmhosts.htm
and
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314884
use the #PRE tag

a quick and dirty solution would be to add NetBEUI on all boxes
NetBEUI on XP
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q301/0/41.asp
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shooter1746Author Commented:
thanks for the input, i was back on site today, did a hard reset on the router, then it worked for about 5 minutes, and then stopped again.  i then upgraded firmware thinking, "well why not i tried everything else?".  that didn't change anything either.  with regrets i changed the router, and then everything worked normally again.  that's 3/8 linksys wireless-b routers in a month, since cisco bought them their quality has gone in the same direction as the temperature here in philadelphia.  first their pci cards took the plunge, then their usb adapters, now their routers, maybe by new years nothing they manufacture will work thorugh the factory warranty period.  FYI

-searching for new hardware vendor in philly

anybody ever use zyxel, their sales rep calls me about once a day for the last 3 months, their marketing literature looks nice..any operating data out there......
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