Networking is great until.....

  Hoseman 11:36 21 May 2004

it goes wrong. :(

I set up 2 pcs using the Win XP wizard and all was well until yesterday. Now the pcs cant see each other and I think this was due to an error on my XP machine which meant I had to switch it off from the power.

I was going to redo the wizard but in the process it says that the network isnt connected even thought the cables are fine. Therefore, I aborted the wizard in case it is something much more simple which I havent thought of or am not aware of. Any ideas what it might be?

Thanks. :)

  recap 11:48 21 May 2004

Check that your Network Cards are working correctly.

  Hoseman 11:58 21 May 2004

How do I actually do that? Is there some sort of test I can run?

  recap 12:07 21 May 2004

There is two ways in which you can check them out.

1) Go to Start/Settings/ControlPanel/System/Device Manager/Network Adaptor, it will tell you there if the device is working correctly.

2) Go to Start/Run type in command, in the window type ipconfig /all [note the space between ipconfig and /]

This will show you your Physical address of the card. If its a jumble of characters and numbers then it will be ok, if they are all the same then there is a problem.

  Hoseman 12:41 21 May 2004

Ive checked the IP addresses and they seem to be fine. Any other ideas as to what the problem may be?

  vinnyo123 03:37 22 May 2004

ping ?

topology? router ?switch? PING?

Start >cmd>net view?

  Kefty 04:12 22 May 2004

I would try deleting the network card from your system device manager and reboot. The hardware will be detected. This will help.

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