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    Networking two win98 computers
    By wayne_s March 14, 2001, 01:43 PM

    I have been trying to network my laptop to my desktop computer and have not been successfull. I have a crossover cat5 cable and loaded Netbeui and file sharing but nothing shows up in the Network Neigh. Any new ideas for me to try? Thanks!


    By Un4given March 14, 2001, 03:02 PM

    Did you actually set up any shares? If not, then set those up.

    If you still have problems, try installing IPX/SPX.

    By simmons777 March 14, 2001, 03:08 PM

    Actually your config is fine. What you need to look at is if both computers are on the same workgroup. No other config is nessasary with either Netbeui or IPX but don't use both because you don't need to and it will just add overhead. just pick one.

    By wayne_s March 14, 2001, 03:47 PM

    Yes the file sharing is checked and the workgroups are both the same. Any way to test the nic by itself? Its a fairly old 3com card and I didnt use the drivers that came with it I just let windows take care of everything. I know for sure the nic in the laptop works.

    By Un4given March 14, 2001, 03:50 PM

    quote:Originally posted by wayne_s:
    Yes the file sharing is checked and the workgroups are both the same. Any way to test the nic by itself? Its a fairly old 3com card and I didnt use the drivers that came with it I just let windows take care of everything. I know for sure the nic in the laptop works.

    I'm not just talking about enabling the file sharing feature, I'm talking about actually setting up a share. Did you share a folder or a drive so that you have something to see in Network Neighborhood?

    By wayne_s March 14, 2001, 04:00 PM

    Yes that too was setup. Both a folder and a drive and still nothing.

    By Un4given March 14, 2001, 05:25 PM

    Are you absolutely sure you have a x-over cable?

    Also, network neighborhood is kinda slow at times. Did you try opening it, and then press the F5 key a few times to refresh it?

    By simmons777 March 14, 2001, 09:58 PM

    You may also try down loading the latest drivers from 3-com. To test your card, go into a DOS promt and type " ping " this will ping your NIC to see if it can resond, you should get a reply.

    By wayne_s March 15, 2001, 12:30 AM

    I'm absolutly sure I have a crossover cable because it works between my firewall computer and the laptop. I didnt wait to long to see if something came up maybe a couple minutes. Should I wait longer? I can see what I'm sharing but nothing else. I did get a response when I pinged the nic and it gave me the standard ping reply (all packets recieved). Whats next?

    By Mandorallen of Molynnr March 15, 2001, 05:13 AM

    Install the TCP/IP protocol on both computers. Assign IP addresses, something easy like and After you have done this, go to Start then Run and try and ping the other computer's address. If you get a request timed out, chances are that something is wrong with your crossover.

    To check the computer's address, go to Start then Run and type in winipcfg. Click okay, it should show the IP address. If there are IP's showing on both computers, then it's almost definetly your cable. If one or both show that means that there is something wrong with the Network cards themselves. Check for conflicts and try reinstalling the drivers.

    BTW to see another computer in Network Neighborhood sometimes you have to enable sharing and have a share on one of the computers.

    By Kuno March 16, 2001, 02:17 AM


    Try doing a search for name of the laptop from the desktop and vice versa.

    By wayne_s March 16, 2001, 08:18 PM

    I'll give those ideas a shot, I absolutly know its not the crossover cable because I'm on it right now between my laptop and my firewall computer. This message it proof! I'll try pinging the computer though. Thanks for all the help.


    By Nabu_the_Wise March 17, 2001, 03:06 PM

    Can you try out the laptop on another network somewhere? Also, you might want to check if both of the cards is set to the same duplex, perhaps one is running at full and one at half (They should be able to both run at full), likewise check to see that they both are running at the same speed and if one has both a bnc connector and a rj45 make sure its using the rj45 instead of autodetecting.

    By wayne_s March 19, 2001, 06:23 PM

    Heres the deal ... I got it working like so:

    Installed TCP/IP
    Specified IP address of (My Comp)
    with a subnet of
    Installed gateway (The other computer)
    DNS settings
    DNS search:

    Everything works just fine now. Thanks for all the help.

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