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XP to Win98SE Networking
caliph May-26-02 04:33 PM
Hi all,

I am running Windows XP Professional on my main computer and Windows 98SE on a laptop. The two are connected via crossover cable.

My cable Internet is shared between the two fine, the laptop can browse the Internet with no problems. Both computers can also ping each other with no problems.

The problem I am having is that neither computer see's the other in My Network Places/Network Neighbourhood. The LAN connection is set up as follows:

Client for MS Networks
File and Printer Sharing
TCP/IP (Set to manually assigned IP's. The XP machine is and the laptop is - Subnet of
NetBIOS over TCP/IP has been enabled.

Both computers have at least one folder and printer set as shared on their hard drives and I have created matching usernames for each computer (i.e. XP username and password created on Win98 machine and vice versa).

When a run a 'NET VIEW' from the Command prompt on the XP machine, all I see is the XP computer.

I'm not sure what I am forgetting in this set up .. I even tried installing NetBEUI (from XP CD) but I still didn't get anywhere.

Can anyone advise?


1. RE: XP to Win98SE Networking
DJ Net2Infinity May-26-02 04:56 PM
In response to message 0
LAST EDITED ON May-26-02 AT 04:59 PM (EST)
Make sure you turn your firewall off on your XP box and have a look at http://www.duxcw.com/faq/network/xpshare.htm http://www.duxcw.com/faq/network/xprouter98.htm

2. RE: XP to Win98SE Networking
caliph May-26-02 11:00 PM
In response to message 1
Yep, I should have mentioned I have already disabled the XP Firewall and enabled the share on C: drive.

When I go to the My Network Places, I can only see the XP itself (and it's shares) not anything else.

Surely if the laptop (Win98) can access the Internet and I can ping it, it should be visible to browse?

I am not using any router or hubs .. just a direct crossover cable connection.

5. RE: XP to Win98SE Networking
lbyard May-27-02 12:35 PM
In response to message 2
Suggest checking these steps:
Also, we recently discovered that folder names should not exceed 12 characters in a network with Windows 2000 and Windows 98. Larry

3. RE: XP to Win98SE Networking
adrianrdale May-27-02 07:49 AM
In response to message 0

I am searching for exactly the same solution. For me the problem is slightly more complex. I have 3 Win 98SE machines on a hub which all talk well together until I login the XP Pro machine. The XP machine picks up its TCP/address well and shares the internet connection from the master 98 machine. However, the XP machine cannot see the other machines in my network places and IMMEDIATELY the XP machine logs in, the other 98 machines suddenly fail to recognise each other. If I disable the Netbios over TCP/IP option on the XP machine, the network comes back immediately for the other machines.

If I re-enable the Netbios over TCP/IP then for a fleeting moment, the XP machine can see and browse the network places on the other machines as it should. However, this quickly disappears and then the only way of seeing the other machines is using a "net use" on the TCP/IP address of the other machines. Unfortunately, this fails on the other machines.

Even more frustrating is that this all worked fine last week when I first installed my XP machine. However, since, I did try to log my machine into a domain at work. I backed out of this quickly when I realised that I had to leave my home workgroup. I have now restored the machine to the workgroup and checked it all out but to no avail.

Using nbtstat shows that something odd is going on with the netbios name resolution but I don't understand what. I have a vague suspicion that it is something to do with LMBrowse.

4. RE: XP to Win98SE Networking
lbyard May-27-02 12:28 PM
In response to message 3
Try removing all protocols on all computers except TCP/IP. Larry

6. RE: XP to Win98SE Networking
imconfuzzd May-27-02 11:14 PM
In response to message 4
I had the same problem.. loosk like XP overrules all setting anywhere...makes sence since it is based on NT platform...

My solution was doing the network wizard over again on the Xp machine and when a question came up as to how the computer is connected to the internet, I choose "internet is shared from another computer or residential gateway" even though im using a linksys DSL/cable router hub. It gets rid of all security features and enables trust among other computers. I doubt you have to worry about outsiders concidering the linksys has it's own firewall.


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