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Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
AdamRoate Apr-15-01 02:57 AM
I am trying to network two PCs via crossover cable. One PC has windows 2000 professional installed and the other one has Windows 98. The network connection seems OK (That is - Windows 2000 shows an icon in the taskbar that indicates its recognition of being attached to a network.) When I go to Network neighborhood, each computer can only see itself. Any idea why? The workgroup names are the same on both computers, user names are the same, and both machines have their respective hard disks shared with full access. What am I doing wrong? When I joined two Windows 98SE computers together the same way -and it worked without any problems. I wanted to run NET DIAG on the win2k machine, but the application no longer exists in 2000 pro. HELP!!!

1. RE: Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
lbyard Apr-15-01 01:47 PM
In response to message 0
Computer names have to be different. Have you given the drives share names besides C$ ? What protocols do you have installed? A common protocol has to be installed. Try NetBEUI if TCP/IP doesn’t work. Larry

2. RE: Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
AdamRoate Apr-15-01 02:18 PM
In response to message 1
Larry-
Both machines have both TCP/IP and NetBEUI installed, and bound to their respective NICs. The Windows 2000 machine has its hard disk shared as C$ and "DellC" - The Windows 98 machine has its hard disk shared as "CompaqC". Do you think it's a sharing issue? The network cards and cable must be OK is Windows 2000 sees a network connection, right?

3. RE: Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
lbyard Apr-15-01 03:38 PM
In response to message 2
Do you see solid Link and blinking Activity LEDs on the back of the network adapters?

4. RE: Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
AdamRoate Apr-15-01 03:45 PM
In response to message 3
Yes, on the Dell PC - I do see a solid green link light, and occasional activity blinks... But the Compaq's LAN card is built onto the motherboard, and therefore, there are no link or activity lights. Maybe I should buy a different NIC to put in the Compaq (paperweight with a CD-ROM drive)? Thank you for all of your timely responses! --Adam

5. RE: Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
lbyard Apr-15-01 03:54 PM
In response to message 4
On the Win 98 computer, click Start, Find, Computer, and enter the name of the Win 2K computer. On the Win 2K computer it is Start, Search, Files and Folders, scroll down, Computers… Larry

6. RE: Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
AdamRoate Apr-15-01 08:25 PM
In response to message 5
Larry - I really appreciate all of your help. I'll give it a try when I'm back on location tomorrow, and let you know what happens. Maybe you can E-mail me an address where I can send you some compensation for your consulting time? Respectfully - Adam.

7. RE: Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
AdamRoate Apr-17-01 01:31 PM
In response to message 5
Larry-
I tried the Find/Search method you described to me, and I didn't have any luck getting the computers to browse each other. What do you think would be the best idea? Bring the Compaq up to Windows 2000, replace the built-in NIC, or do you think there are some other software methods to try first? Let me know.

Thanks buddy,
--Adam


8. RE: Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
lbyard Apr-17-01 07:11 PM
In response to message 7
Adam, Well it is probably the crossover cable or one of the adapters. In my experience, it is usually the cable. I would try it on two computers that are already networked. Other than that, yes, I would put a new adapter in the Compaq. You may have to disable the one on the motherboard, but I don’t think so. Win 2K probably will not make any difference. I have had no problems getting Win 2K and 98 conversing with each other. Larry

9. RE: Networking with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98
adi Nov-15-01 10:11 PM
In response to message 0
try to check the ip address and the subnet mask and check if the tcp /ip and NetBUEI are installed and check the LMhost file and host file
adi

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