Get System Error 234 when trying to map network drive on Windows 7 using a script..

Posted on 2009-05-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
The attached script works fine on one laptop running W7 RC 7100 mapping to a desktop running XP/SP3 but on a second laptop the same script gives "System Error 234" "Additional Data is Available".
Question by:chrisfixit
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Expert Comment

ID: 24316528
What troubleshooting steps have you already taken?

Have you tried to reboot the XP box?
Have you rebooted the Win7 box?
Can you map the drive manually?
Are there any differences between the two Windows 7 boxes?
Have you disabled your anti virus and anti malware software?

Author Comment

ID: 24322333
I've rebooted both, changed name of workgroup, uninstalled and re-installed network adaptors , reset router several times.. unplugged everything for 10 minutes, re-run network setup countless times, shared different folders,, still get 'network path not found 80070035'.

I see the web is full of this problem with Vista - seems they haven't bothered fixing it when they rebadged it to Windows 7 - different name, same dreadful system.

Author Comment

ID: 24326354
Ok, I re-installed Windows 7 on the troublesome laptop  - I renamed the Desktop PC and the drives and sharenames - so now I have ASUS-PC (XP-Home/SP3), ACER-Laptop (Dual-boot XP Pro SP3/ Windows 7 RC 7100), DELL-Laptop  (Dual-boot XP Pro SP3/ Windows 7 RC 7100).

Each system shares the same Workgroup, and the two Windows 7 systems share a Homegroup.

Each system can see and access all the other systems  EXCEPT for the DELL-Laptop which gives a network path not found from the W7 system when trying to access the ASUS-PC's shared drives.

I have turned all off, reset the router, rebooted countless times, and of course re-installed W7 on the Dell.

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Expert Comment

ID: 24327724
Instead of using the name of the PC in your script try using the IP address.  Just make sure to give the FIXIT-ASUS PC a static IP address.  Also the IP address below is just an example.  Use an IP address that fits your network.

net use x: "\\FIXIT-ASUS\Fixit 250 disk 1"

net use x: "\\\Fixit 250 disk 1"

Author Comment

ID: 24327988
I'm not using the script at the moment..

When I go to Computer->Network on the Dell Windows 7 system it shows the 3 computers..

Dell-Laptop,  Asus-PC,   Acer-Laptop.

 if i double-click on Acer or of course Dell,  it shows the shared drives/folders OK, but clicking on Asus gives Network psth not found.

I can read the shared folders and drives from any of the computers on any of the other systems except the Asus drives from Windows 7 on the Dell.

Since I've re-installed Windows 7 on the Dell, I assume there must be something in the registry on the Asus-PC that is stopping the Dell Windows 7 system connecting.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24328297
Here's two other things to try.

Make sure sure Routing and Remote Access is not started and disabled
1) Right click on "Computer" (used to be My Computer) and choose Manage
2) Expand Services and Applications and click on Services
3) Scroll down to Routing and Remote Access and stop it if it's started, and make sure it's disabled
4) Test your connection by name and by IP

Repair your Winsock
Microsoft has a great step by step article on how to do this.  Note that you can't use the guided help as it's not compatible with Vista/Win7.  Scroll almost to the bottom to find the portion that relates to Vista and follow those steps.


Author Comment

ID: 24333106
OK, update.. I cannot access either of the XP systems, the Acer or the Asus, from the Dell 7 system .

All other confugurations work fine between all 3 machines and systems.

The above service is disabled.

I haven't repaired Winsock as it is a new install - It seems unlikely that it was corrupt on both the original system and a completely fresh install?
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Accepted Solution

tenaj-207 earned 500 total points
ID: 24333669
Seeing that you have two Win7 boxes and one works fine and the other doesn't we can say that the issue is with hardware, since that's the only difference.  However, since we're limited on hardware options the only thing we can change is software.  That's why I suggested to try the Winsock repair.

Perhaps there's a conflict somewhere else.  Try booting into safe mode then connection to the server.  Or use MSconfig to disable all the startup items and all non-Microsoft services, then reboot and try to connect.

Author Comment

ID: 24342437
Right, I'd like to say two things, firstly thanks for all your help , and secondly I am a complete idiot ;-)

I had Threatfire installed and although I had disabled it at startup so I didn't see it, the threatfire service was running - this caused the problem.

It works perfectly now, reconnects Ok as well.

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