Is there a difference in the way a Spanish version of XP talks to an English Windows-based network?

Posted on 2007-07-31
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Does anyone know of any differences in the way ainternational version of Windows XP talks to a US network?

What I've got is a piece of new equipment that is being installed in our plant that is to be connected to our network. We are currently running a mixed environment on our network of Win2K and Windows XP with Windows 2K and Windows 2003 servers. This new piece of equipment (which is running a Spanish version of XP) has been introduced to the network twice in the last week, and both times it has almost brought our network down. It almost seems like it is broadcasting something across the net, but because none of us in the IT group speak or read Spanish, we're not sure if there is a difference in how it talks to an English network, or if there is something we need to install, or what is going on. As soon as we physically unplug it from the network, everything goes back to normal.

Can anyone give me some insight into this?
Question by:bsmiley00
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    Accepted Solution

    It may be set up incorrectly or be looking for it's original LAN.

    It may be set to a static IP rather than DHCP.

    All of this needs to be checked.

    You may be able to change the default language to English in the International settings.

    I hope this helps !

    Author Comment

    I'll check those one way or the other and let you know. Thanks for the info.

    If anyone else has any other ideas, I'm open for just about anything at this point.
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    Expert Comment

    Localized versions of Windows (including Spanish) simply use a different language for the interface etc, they are otherwise identical so this is not going to be the issue - it's more likely to be a configuration error.

    Author Comment

    Just another bit of information. We're not 100% sure the machine is broadcasting, but the reason we're even thinking that is because as soon as we plug it in to the network, the lights on all the switches start flickering like crazy and then we start getting calls with people saying they can't print to network printers, then they can't get to the internet, etc, etc. One big snowball. It basically takes our entire network down in a matter of minutes.

    As soon as I physically unplug the machine, I start getting email notifications (now that our email server can finally talk on the network) saying the DC is down and other network issues. If we could just flat leave the machine off the network, we would but that's not an option. The manufacturer needs to have it on our backbone in case it goes down, they can VPN in to take a look at it.

    Does it look like we're on the right track thinking this thing is broadcasting something?

    Author Comment

    We finally figured out what the deal was. The network drop for this machine had just been done and the connection wasn't great. We connected another cable and all the problems stopped. Seems it was a cabling issue and not a computer issue.

    Thanks for the input though.

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