networking.....at wits end now

  madPentium 14:44 25 Jul 2003
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H E L P This takes a little explanation so please be patient.....

4 machines (2 XP)(2 98se)
netgear 5 port switch
cat 5 cabling
dlink dfe530tx adaptors in 98se machines
gigabyte adaptors built into motherboard on xp
machines (3com)

98se freshly installed on both machines.
When booted up, hub says they are 100mb, dlink cards auto negotiate as 100mb. Cant ping anything. Change from auto to 10mbtbase full duplex and reboot, one 98 machine works great at 10mb, pings and accesses xp machines and other 98se machine. other 98se gets collisions when accessing XP machines, but not other 98se machine. Using only the following in network setup...
Client for MS networks/nwork adaptor/tcpip/file printer sharing.
IP static range 192.168.0.2 to 192.168.0.5
tried 4 cards now, different slots, always same results. Latest drivers etc.
Please please any ideas? have phoned dlink and they havnt a clue.

  BlueMeanie 12:56 26 Jul 2003

Hi, networking either works "straight out of the box" or.........

To eliminate the HUB, purchase a Cross-Over cat5 cable and use this to connect two machines together. Try both Win98 machines first.

I usually use TCP/IP (for internet use) and NetBEUI (for file sharing) if they will not talk to each other then activate file sharing and then make a shared folder on each PC (right click on a folder of your choice).

Is the workgroup name the same on all machines ?

Are the cables straight thr', ie place the plugs at the end of the cables side-by-side and compare the colours of the wires, they should match on both plugs. If they don't then they are cross-over leads !

Enter Network Neighborhood, and press "F5" to refresh several times and see if the other machine can be detected.

Try FIND, COMPUTER, by entering the name of the other machine and see if it can be detected.

I often find that re-booting the PC, after all the cables and protocols are in place, will enable the computer to detect the other machine on the network.

  rambus 13:20 26 Jul 2003

if you go on to click here there is a section called bootcamp in the archive there is a huge data base covering almost anything to do with your pc. as it happens they have just finnished covering home networking. its a very
knowlegable and helpfull site.
by the way it points out a security problem with networking that you can only close if you network
using xp.
hope you find this usefull. rambus

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