Problem logging to Windows 2000 Server Network

I'm trying to connect to a LAN that runs Windows 2000 server as proxy. This LAN uses fixed IP's 192.160.20.xx with subnet mask 255.255.255.0. I have configured my Ibook as follows: Windows sharing on, Firewall off, Personal file sharing on, and I have assigned myself a free IP address according to LAN manager. As soon as I enter an IP address, I get an error saying that the IP address 192.168.20.xx is in use. I can put any IP address that I always get the same MAC address error for the ethernet device, as if that were the only computer hooked up.
If I remove the IP number and try to browse the network, I get nothing. I can't see any computer on the network even if they are sharing their files. Should I try Dave and give SMB a rest? Suggestions?
I have also tried to change the Workgroup name in the Directory services of my Mac with no success. Thanks in advance for any help.
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weedCommented:
Turn windows filesharing off, you dont need it.
Have you tried using DHCP instead?
Proper Router address?
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fcc10Author Commented:
I've turned windows filesharing off...still nothing. As with DHCP, I used it instead but in the network status I get the following message: "You're connected to the network through ethernet, but you can't connect to the internet because you don't have a proper IP address."

The router address I'm using is the same as Gateway windows users. However, I've inserted this IP in the router info on the control panel. Any other ideas?
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weedCommented:
What version of OS X?
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fcc10Author Commented:
10.3.1
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fcc10Author Commented:
I solved the problem with a workaround that is not very elegant. Somehow, changing the Subnet mask from 255.255.255.1 and then back to 255.255.255.0 solves the IP conflict. Still don't know what's wrong, but it works for me.
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moduloCommented:
Closed, 250 points refunded.

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