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Windows ME Networking Problems
danarothrock Feb-18-01 07:46 AM
Looks like a lot of people are browsing these posts of ME problems. I have been working around the clock trying to get a WinME to relate with a Win98. I am using Linksys LNE1OOTX cards. I have tried everything over and over, reinstalling, restarting, safe-mode diag programs which don't work (locks up the ME which appearantly doesn't drop into DOS safe-mode like 98). The 98 had no problem - the software specifically supported 98. ME is out in the cold. I have had some successes - ping will work from ME, but not from 98????? Once, both machines and the workgroup appeared on the Network Neighborhood/Places, but I lost them again. No, wait a minute, they're back!!! Seems to be tied to the internet connection. One problem was the missing vnetbios.vxd file. It was in my cabs, don't know why it was missing from c:\windows\system - thanks for the url in the previous posts. One obvious difference in ME TCP/IP Properties is that the LNE1OOTX component is not listed attached to the TCP/IP component as it does in 98. Is this a problem?
The devices work - I am able to browse fore and aft through shared C drives of both machines (while I am logged on to the internet). Had to designate them as SHARE in their respective Explorer Properties dialogs, first.
Why is the internet mandatory? Should have intranet without internet. I have WINS and DNS disabled because I don't know what they are. I will probably need DSN when I attempt Oracle Net8. I hope I don't need WINS because Microsoft is always the weak link.
If anyone can clear any of this up for me this week, this tired old mainframer would be very grateful.
Thanks, Dana
Hey, I can ping both ways!!

1. RE: Windows ME Networking Problems
lbyard Feb-19-01 04:35 PM
In response to message 0
If you only have one network adapter and protocol installed, you will not see a separate line with the binding in the list. I have an LNE1OOTX NIC in my machine which running Win Me and I am able to network with my Wife’s computer running Win 98. How are you sharing the Internet? What does Start, Run, enter winipcfg, and selecting the network adapter tell you about both computers before and after the connecting to the Internet? In the Network configuration, be sure the Client for Microsoft Networks and File and Printer Sharing boxes are checked in the instance of TCP/IP bound to the network adapter. For security reasons, they should not be checked for the TCP/IP bound to the adapter that is used to connect to the Internet. Larry

2. RE: Windows ME Networking Problems
danarothrock Feb-23-01 06:30 AM
In response to message 1
>If you only have one network
>adapter and protocol installed, you
>will not see a separate
>line with the binding in
>the list.<

I reinstalled the Netbeui protocol on the ME and, magically, Netbeui AND TCP/IP bound to the Ethernet adapter!!!

>How are you sharing the Internet?<

Have Sygate (not working yet). Is software necessary beyond installed protocols? The 98 machine is the gateway.

> What does Start, Run,
>enter winipcfg, and selecting the
>network adapter tell you about
>both computers before and after
>the connecting to the Internet?>

BEFORE and AFTER on ME (no changes):
The Ethernet Adapter has its port address, IP address, Subnet, and Gateway
The AOL adapter and Dial-up have port address, but IP and Subnet addresses of, with a blank Gateway. I assume the IP and Subnet addresses would by auto-assigned by the ISP. Should these Gateway addresses be set to

BEFORE on 98:
The Ethernet Adapter has port address, IP address, Subnet, and Gateway The AOL Adapter and AOL Dial-up adapters have port address, in IP and Subnet, Gateway is blank.

AFTER on 98:
The Ethernet Adapter has port address, IP address, Subnet, and Gateway has been blanked out. The AOL Adapter has port address and ISP-designated addresses in IP, Subnet, and Gateway. The AOL Dial-up Adapter (unchanged) has port, in IP and Subnet, and blank gateway.

Netbeui allows me to share files and printer without the internet, now (I guess that is what it does for a living). Something still blocks me from sharing the internet. I'm sure its a mental thing.

Thank you.

3. RE: Windows ME Networking Problems
lbyard Feb-23-01 03:12 PM
In response to message 2
Oh, you are using AOL. According to http://sybergen.com/support/technotes/sg_sa/SG081500-11-MWNL.htm, SyGate 3.11 supports AOL. 4.0 and 5.0. only. TCP/IP can be bound to a maximum of four network adapters, including AOL and dial-up. The Win 98 computer should not have a gateway to itself; it is the gateway. I would uninstall SyGate and all network components on the client, reinstall the network components, omitting the AOL stuff and dial-up, and install the SyGate client. Larry

4. RE: Windows ME Networking Problems
danarothrock Feb-25-01 04:58 AM
In response to message 3

Actually I am attempting to use AOL and CompuServe (which uses AOL adapters).

My Sygate is v3.5 for Home Office. It came with the box for the Linksys Switched 10/100. I can't find any reference to it on their website. A readme file on the CD says it doesn't support Windows Millennium (ME?). All of their other Home and Office versions do support ME. I intend to use Oracle Net8, anyway, as soon as I get these machines chattering.

One of the tech papers on their site suggests setting the Gateway address on client(s) to point to the internet server ( - duh! I'll try this and see what I get.

Thanks (more later)

5. RE: Windows ME Networking Problems
lbyard Feb-25-01 04:06 PM
In response to message 4
When you intalled the SyGate client, it should have set the gateway. Larry

6. RE: Windows ME Networking Problems
danarothrock Feb-28-01 03:13 AM
In response to message 5
I enabled DNS on both machines, gave them host and domain names, now I can start up Compuserve on the ME machine, and AOL automatically starts up on the 98 machine. Didn't expect that, but looks like I've got some kind of breezeway going. Finally, peace in the family.

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