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Connection lost
pswei Aug-01-01 01:43 AM
Certain PC if u load screen saver or leaving that PC for quite sometimes (eg: 1 hour)without touching it, it will automatic log out frm server connection. Anyboby have any idea why this happen ?

Even u r connected to the server half way, but u can't share printer with other users. Sharing files in the server is o.k.


1. RE: Connection lost
lbyard Aug-01-01 03:14 PM
In response to message 0
English would be easier to read… You may have a flaky network connection. The to check that is to monitor the link LED on the network adapter. It should be on solid all of the time. Try another cable.

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.
See How to Network Two Windows 95/98 Computers (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/net2pc/intro.htm) for installation details and for instructions on sharing files and printers. Also, Windows help is useful.


2. RE: Connection lost
pswei Aug-02-01 01:24 AM
In response to message 1
Dear Ibyard,

My network system met all the requirements, what are other possibility of causing all those trouble ?


3. Connection lost intermittenly
pswei Aug-02-01 03:07 AM
In response to message 2
SM1 shared printer with SM2. All of the sudden , when SM1 want to print, message pop up, "SM2 is not accessible. The computer or sharename could not be found. Make sure you typed it correctly and try again". While SM2 still connected to the server and editng some document in the server.

Master browser should always be the server ??


4. RE: Connection lost intermittenly
lbyard Aug-02-01 01:55 PM
In response to message 3
I don’t have enough information on your network and the PCs involved, but the problem appears to poor connections. I would check cables and swap cable around.

Q. What is the Windows network Browse Service and what is a Browse Master?
A. The Microsoft networking browser system consists of a master browser, backup browsers, and client computers. The Windows browse service maintains a list, called the browse list, of computers with resources (servers--a client computer can also be a server in a peer-to-peer network) in a workgroup. One computer, the Browse Master, maintains the browse list. Users browse a network (browse list) to find, identify, and connect to network resources. Network resources are found by scrolling through a list of workgroups in the Network Neighborhood/My Network Places (workgroups are listed under the entire Network in Windows Me), a list of computers in a workgroup, and a list of shared resources on a computer. A computer can belong to only one workgroup and can only use resources in that workgroup. If a computer belongs to a Windows domain, both the domain and workgroup names must be identical. When a computer first starts Windows, it hunts for a Browse Master. An election is conducted if no Browse Master is found. An election is also conducted when a Master Browser disappears from the network (e.g., someone turns it off) or a Windows NT or 2000 Server starts. If the Browse Master function is enabled and one Windows NT or 2000 Sever that is the Primary Domain Controller is present, it becomes the Browse Master. If no domain controllers are present than the Master Browser is selected in the following priority order : Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition, Windows NT 4.0 Server, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 98/SE/Me, Windows 95, Windows for Workgroups 3.11. There is one Browse Master per network segment (a group of computers connected to an Ethernet hub are in the same network segment). A Browse Master will appoint computers with the Browse Master function enabled or set to automatic as a backup browse server for every 32 computers on a network segment. Secondary domain controllers on the same network segment with a primary domain controller become backup Browse Masters. The Browse Master sends a copy of the browse list to the backup browse servers every fifteen minutes . A client computer announces itself to the network based on what server services it is running. A Windows computer will not appear in a browse list if it is not running File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks. It may take up to 15 minutes for a computer to be added to the browse list. It may take up to 51 minutes (this number varies with different MS references and the process is complex) for a computer to be removed from a browse list after it has stopped announcing its presence.
To browse across TCP/IP subnetworks at least one Windows NT or 2000 Server Browse Master must be on each subnetwork. Microsoft networks using the IPX/SPX-compatible protocol (NWLink), have only one master browser for each domain and name queries are sent across routers in such a network automatically. For more Info see the Windows 98/98SE Resource Kit (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/helpdoc.htm); Browsing and Windows 95 Networking (http://msdn.microsoft.com/archive/default.asp?url=/ARCHIVE/en-us/dnarwnet/html/msdn_browse1.asp; Parts 1-3); MS KB Article Q238853, Cannot Browse Network Neighborhood if PDC Is on Separate Subnet (http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q238/8/53.ASP?); and MS KB Article Q188001, Description of the Microsoft Computer Browser Service (http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q188/0/01.ASP?).


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