I have a Windows 98 machine networked to a Windows 2000 computer. The network has TCP/IP file sharing, Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing (The 2k machine is the server), and and IPX/SPX compatible protocol for game playing. The gaming and Internet connection sharing work fine. The 2k machine has no problem accessing the files on the 98 machine. But the problem is, sometimes the Win98 computer cannot detect the other system. I get the Network Neighborhood error "\\ Family is not accessible. The device does not exist on the network." Family is the name of the Win2k computer. What confuses me is that the Win98 machine can access the 2k machine's files fine for a while after the computer comes on. It seems to stop working after the 98 machine does something like going to a website through the shared connection.
I have unbound the IPX protocol from file sharing on the 98 machine. I'm not totally sure if I have on the 2k machine. There doesn't seem to be any option to that I can see. I have also set the IP address of the 2k machine to 192.168.0.1, and the 98 machine is set to obtain its address automatically. The Primary Network Logon for the 98 machine is set to Microsoft Family Logon. I have created a user for the 98 machine in Windows 2000 with a blank password.
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