It has been many years since I first put the novell in (back then I knew all about netware, but those brain cells are long gone). The ipx network number is 1994, so it has been about 12 years. We run an old dos foxpro program that does specialized printing on about 4-6 different printers. Started with Novell 3.x and then upgraded to 4.11, but did not do much with nds except the minimum. About 5 years ago, I had to upgrade the computers to Windows 98. If I remember correctly, I had to do everything with win98 and novell in bindery mode.
Now five years later, every single 98 computer's hard drives have died (all Dells), so I cannot go and investigate what I did back then (I do still have a Duracom computer still running win 95 working, the no name computer is still going strong). So anyway, the new computers are all winxp. I have perused all the comments in here referring to this matter and they did not help.
One the novell, set bindery mode is O=tdf. I have three loaded protocols, the virutal_lan with ipx network number 00001994, and both 802.3 (network # 000001E3) and 802.2 network # 000001E2) loaded. If I remember, 4.11 preferred the 802.2, but I had to load 802.3 for legacy reasons.
I cannot get the xp to see the novell server. I downloaded the netware client from Novell; I assume it is the latest since it was the only one listed on their website. I have reinstalled it several ways, with it currently being ipx only. I can only assume that the Netware client settings are not correct. It does not seem to auto detect the network, and only with I set it to 802.2 do I get some packets received. It did see the tree once recently, but when I tried to search for a context, it told me that the tree could not be found. I am trying to just attach to the server only (bindery mode) but it cannot find the server.
I welcome any suggestions (detailed). I tried downloading tools from novell (slist) but it did not find anything.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.