Win ME / XP network setup problems
Posted on 2004-09-29
I am trying to set up a home network on a winME desktop with an ADSL connection and a winXP laptop.
All the hardware is installed and working, but the network doesn't function and the machines can't see each other.
On the XP machine
This is new machine running SP2. I have installed the hardware and set up the network via the setup wizard, which I then used to run the setup on the other machine. For simplicity (at least for setup) I used the default workgroup of MSHOME. DHCP is enabled and I set the machine initially to request its IP from the network, although the network connection seemed to establish, it reported "little or no connectivity". I then set up the IP manually as 192.168.0.2 with the subnet 255.255.255.0 (as suggested by MS). This established a better connection (reported 100Mb) but the machine couldn't see the ME machine, even after restarting both machines.
I have tried rebuilding the TCP/IP stack as this appears to have solved the issue for others, but it didn't help
On the ME machine
I have set the main purpose of the machine to be "network server" (previously "home PC") and installed NetBEUI as per the MS instructions and run the netsetup utility from the XP machine. No network icon appears in the taskbar, although the XP machine reports being connected. When I click on "my network places", nothing happens (no hang, the machine just doesn't do anything!)
I have tried setting the tcp/ip > network card settings to "obtain IP address automatically", but this doesn't work. Set them manually to 192.168.0.1 with subnet 255.255.255.0 and no change, but IE can't then find DNS servers. I had to change this back as others need to use the machine.
I have tried everything I can think of, but just can't get this to work - the network cards seem to be fine and the cable is brand new and reports being connected, so I don't think there's a hardware issue.
Please help - I have 500 points available from another unanswered question, which I will be happy to add to the tally below!