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Networking two Windows ME machines.
pathos Aug-06-01 08:51 PM
I have attempted to network two ME machines together at home. No matter what I do which ever machine logs on first is the one that can see the network (it's own shared folders and printer) but can't see the other one. Well you can see the computers icon and name but when you click it says something like "make sure share name is valid or computer is not on network". Both machines have unique names. When you open network neighborhood on the machine that logged in second and click on "Entire Network" it thinks and says "computer can not browse network possible for many different reasons". Although you do login and it appears to be logged on but it isn't.I have checked the cards and they do light up. I do have the correct straight cables. They are connected to a small hub that appears to be working. I was using a crossover and no hub but gave up and purchased the hub yesterday. Ive tried everything I can think of and every combination. I haven't slept much and my girlfriends disappeared......please help!

1. RE: Networking two Windows ME machines.
lbyard Aug-07-01 06:09 AM
In response to message 0
Q. What are the configuration requirements to browse (see) computers and shared resources (files, drives, and printers) on a Windows peer-to-peer network?

A. The following requirements must be met to browse the Network Neighborhood/My Network Places (share files and printers):

1. You must have at least one of the NetBIOS protocols installed. The NetBIOS protocols are: NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, and TCP/IP. If TCP/IP does not work by itself, go to Start, Setting, Control Panel, Network, select the instance of TCP/IP bound to the network adapter for your local network, Properties, Bindings and be sure the Client for Microsoft Networks and File and Printer Sharing check boxes are checked. They should not be checked for any network adapters used to connect to the Internet.

2. All of the computers must be running a common protocol.

3. You must login to Windows or the Microsoft Client for Windows.

4. A unique computer name must be specified in Network configuration.

5. The workgroup name must be specified in Network configuration and should be the same as the other workstations.

6. File and Print Sharing must be installed to see yourself in Network Neighborhood. If File and Print Sharing is not listed in Network Configuration on other peers/workstations then you will not be able to view that machine in Network Neighborhood.

7. If the above requirements have been met, disable or enable Browse Masters. A computer that is infrequently used should not be a Browse Master. There must be at least one Browse Master.

Q. What are the rules for assigning computer and workgroup names in a Microsoft Windows network?


1. Each computer must have a unique name.

2. Workgroup and computer names can be up to 15 characters long.

3. Workgroup and computer names may not contain blank spaces.

4. If the network has a server, Domain Controller, such as Windows NT Server or Windows 2000 Server, than the workgroup name must be identical to the name of the domain that the computer logs into.

5. Larry says: Don’t use any “funny” characters in computer or workgroup names. All caps is the safest choice. WORKGROUP is a good workgroup name.

The Resource Kit for Windows 98 states that the following characters may be used in workgroup and computer names:

! @ # $ % ^ & ( ) - _ ' { } . ~

However, Microsoft Knowledge Base Article ID: Q250927, How to Configure a Peer Network, at http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q250/9/27.ASP? states that the following characters should not be used in computer and workgroup names:

/ \ * , . " @

There is also a problem using alternative workgroup names with lower case characters.

Q. How does one change the Windows network Browse Master Settings on a Windows 9x/Me computer?

A. The settings for Windows 9x/Me is found at Start, Settings, Control Panel, Network, select File and Printer sharing...(not the button), Properties, Advanced, Browse Master. The available settings are Automatic, Enabled, and Disabled. The default setting is "Automatic."

If this doesn't help, troubleshoot the network at the hardware level. Run the diagnostice that came on the floppy with the network adapters. The loopback test will fail without a loopback plug. Open a DOS window and
C:\net diag /?

2. RE: Networking two Windows ME machines.
pathos Aug-07-01 10:47 PM
In response to message 1
LAST EDITED ON Aug-07-01 AT 10:48 PM (GMT)

Thanks Larry,

What do you think is behind the fact that which ever PC is logged on first controls the network and seems not to allow the other PC to be seen or browse? So far the Browse Master setting has not made a difference. Who ever is first runs the show.

3. RE: Networking two Windows ME machines.
lbyard Aug-08-01 05:12 AM
In response to message 2
I Don’t think you have a network. It’s probably a bad cable or a problem with a network adapter. Try moving adapters to other PCI slots. I would certainly run the adapter diagnostics. Install NetBEUI… Larry

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