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Wireless network- 98se and XP pro

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I have already configured a win98se computer to work with a network and share the internet from an XP pro box. It uss ad hoc network and I am now trying to connect up another computer.

It also runs 98se and I have installed a Belkin 11mbs wireless card (same as the others). I am having trouble even getting it to see the other computers. I can connect to the network and it has a good signal. The workgroup is the same and I have even tried setting a fied IP.

It still can't connect though.

Where am I going wrong?

S-P

P.s. Will increase points as and when i can.
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Hi Sparky-Plug,
Have you enabled the netBEUI protocol for the wireless connection on this new 98 computer?

BR MaB.
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Just tried enabling netBEUI (I take it you mean the protocol) and it hasn't made any difference. Incidentally the other 98se computer that works doesn't have it installed.

S-P
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by:MaB
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Could you post the result from Run-Cmd ipconfig /all from all three computers here?

This to be able to see if there's anything wrong with the IP configuration. Have you tried to ping the other computers using IP address and computername?

MaB
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These are the results for each relevant network adapter:

98se - not working

when obtain IP auto-

DHCP Enabled : Yes
IP address : 169.254.12.213
Subnet mask : 255.255.0.0
DHCP server : 255.255.255.255

when set-

DHCP Enabled : No
IP address : 192.168.0.2
Subnet mask : 255.255.255.0

98se - working

DHCP Enabled : Yes
IP address : 192.168.0.225
Subnet mask : 255.255.255.0
Default gateway :
DHCP server :
Primary WINS server :
Secondary WINS server :

XP - working

DHCP Enabled : No
IP address : 192.168.0.1
Subnet mask : 255.255.255.0


When I try winipcfg (98 command) the host name appears as [computer name].mshome.net but on the computer that doesn't currenty work it just shows the name. (I have a freeling there's something obvious I've missed here?).

Thanks again,
S-P
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98se - working

DHCP Enabled : Yes
IP address : 192.168.0.225
Subnet mask : 255.255.255.0
Default gateway : 192.168.0.1
DHCP server : 192.168.0.1

(sorry)
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by:MaB
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The DHCP address that is handed to the 98 is plain wrong. It states that you recieve your IP address from a broadcast address.

IP address : 169.254.12.213
Subnet mask : 255.255.0.0
DHCP server : 255.255.255.255

That will not connect to your 192.168.0.0 255.255.255.0 network.

Do you have ICS enabled on your XP machine?
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by:MaB
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Is there another wireless DHCP server near that could be creating this problem? Accesspoint?

MaB
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That is what it says when set to obtain IP automatically. Even when I specify the address it does not find the other computers.

On XP ICS is enabled as I use it from my current 98se box.

There is a WAP in range yes, as it is detected in the Belkin utility.
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Then you probably get your address from the WAP instead of from your XP. Can you configure the WAP to not use AdHoc? Does your Belkin utility have an option where you can disable a WAP from your list of known accesspoints?
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by:MaB
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Wait a minute.....
Been missing out on a crucial point here, just read it, sorry.

You say that you can't access even if you set the IP to a fixed address, correct?
Have you tried to ping the others after setting the fixed IP?
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I can only ping between the 2 working computers.
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Have you tried switching the Belkin cards between computers to see if it's the card that's the problem?
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by:Sparky-Plug
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Yeah i have :) I remember having a lot of trouble when I set up the 2 that do work. I'll just keep playing around with them.

S-P
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by:MaB
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Have you tried pinging 127.0.0.1 on the non working 98. If that doesn't work you most likely have a problem with your card.
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Don't ask me how but it seems to be working alright now.

Do you know how I can synchronize all the messages in Outlook express 6 between the XP computer and 98se?

The XP will get them all but how can I easily also view them on the 98se box?

Many thanks, S-p.
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MaB earned 30 total points
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Glad it decided to work :-)

Sometimes all it takes to resolve hardware issues is a large baseball bat and a "-Start working now or...." attitude ;-)

Regarding the Outlook express issue I would be glad to try and help you out there too, but since it is a totally different question then this you should post a new question in the correct area. Not because I want to be "picky" but for future reference where people search for solutions that is "how it should be done".

To give you a short comment about the issue:
I don't have outlook express at work only outlook, but it should be possible to export and import values in outlook express to. In outlook it can be done through File-Import and export.

If you post a new I can try to help you further there.

BR MaB
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Thanks for sticking with me, that comment has actually solved my query with OE.

Thanks!
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Glad I could help you out!

BR MaB
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