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Computers won't talk...friendship problem.

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2 computers involved:
1: Home built, Windows XP pro, AMD Athlon 2200+, 256MB DDR, etc 10/100MB port on mobo.
2: Fujitsu Seimens, Windows 98, Intel Pentium III, 128MB, PCI Fast Ethernet

Network using 10/100 switch

Ok, situation as follows:
Comp 2, after manually setting IP and subnet mask, will ping computer 1 successfully. Comp 1 registers received data thru network. Comp 1 will not ping any address except 127.0.0.1 and own IP. Comps 1 & 2 will not find each others comp names through network search.  Using different hardware configs, nothing really happens.  What am I doing wrong?  No real urgency, just this is beginning to annoy me slightly.
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Question by:Lejend
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by:jamesreddy
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Have you disabled the firewall on Windows XP?

1.  Right-click My Network Places and go to Properties
2.  Right click Local Area Connection, then Properties
3.  Click the Advanced Tab
4.  Disable the firewall.

Also...disable simple file sharing on XP.  You will likely have issues sharing anything to 98 unless you do.

http://www.theeldergeek.com/quick_guide_to_simple_file_sharing.htm

Lastly, go into TCP/IP properties on both systems, go to advanced, the WINS.  Check the box that says enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP.

After that's done, give it a try and let us know how it goes.

James
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Wrong link for disabling simple files sharing.  Try this one:

http://www.winbookcorp.com/_technote/WBTA20000876.htm

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by:Lejend
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A good idea James, but in practice does not work as well as expected.  Situation remains the same, and am suspecting computer 2 to be at fault. Comp1 works well on other networks.  Any ideas about networking in Win 98? Worked successfully a while back, but I seem to have lost my flair.

Lej
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by:Lejend
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New development: network will work fine and fast over simple protocols for gaming (ie quake 2, unreal tournament etc) but will not talk through operating system.  Any ideas?
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Winsock....have you tried a winsock repair?  Sounds to me like Winsock in light of that new information.  download the winsock repair for XP below and run it.

http://www.rountree-inc.com/WINSOCKXPFIX.EXE

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