I had a prefectly working network on 4-95 machines and 2 98SE machines. They connect to a Linksys cable router (actually I have a linksys 10/100 switch and a D-Link hub as well, but for test purposes we can consider just the router).
I'm running TCP/IP and IPX/SPX. This seemed to work the best for the older 95 machines. I saw nothing with TCP/IP alone. Neither here or there because the network was fine. I shared files and a printer. I could see and access all computers through network neighborhood and could map drives.
Now enter the evil demon XP. I bought a new machine and expected to little problems connecting to my network. After extensive reading of your FAQ's, Fourum letter, and other help articles. I can't get it to work.
Now with TCP/IP and XP's IPX/SPX loaded I can access most of the XP machine from the 95's and 98's. However while I can see the other computers from the XP machine when I try to open them in explorer under my network places, explorer locks up or searched indefinately. I can ping all the machines from the XP and the XP from all the other machines. If I open a DOS window on the XP machine I can see the directory structure of the other machines (i.e. "dir \\girls\c\"). I can also use the "net use" command to map a drive to the 95's of 98's and then open that drive in the XP explorer. However when I reboot the XP machine the drive mapping is "remembered" but can't be accessed.
Again I can see all computers in my network places but can not access them and I can ping them all and can access them through DOS. This says to me, (a non-expert) that my network is set up correctly and there is something wrong with the XP software settings.
Lastly, I can't install NetBEUI because I have only got the resotration CD, xp was preloaded. And you seem to suggest that XP has a problem with NetBEUI. Finally I have never used and don't really what to go to an unsupported protocol.
Oh, BTW I have internet through a cable modem that is run to the router. All of the computers get their internet from there and have had no problems.
I'm almost ready to format C: on the XP and reduce it to 98SE to make this work.
Thanks for any help