Question for all the technical gurus out there. I have lived with this for some time now. Client computer will not re-connect to shared drives on host computer at initial start-up. Will re-connect if host computer is restarted. Problem disappeared for about a week and returned. Problem started after addition of second NIC for the cable modem. I am also using Zone Alarm 2.62 as the firewall. The ICS always functions even if the connections are not completed.
Home network consists of host computer running Win98SE and has a cable modem connected to a NIC. The home network is connected via a 802.11b PCI card in the host.
The client computer is a laptop running WinME and is using a 802.11b wireless PC card.
The WAN (external - internet) is configured with TCP/IP bound to NIC that the cable modem is connected to.
The LAN (internal - host/client) is configured with NetBEUI bound to the wireless NIC on both the host and client.
If I start the laptop (client) I will get the windows networking message that states the following:
The following error occurred while reconnecting to D:\mapped drive
Permanent connection unavailable
Do you want to restore this connection the next time you log on?
I select yes and the connections are shown as broken. If I restart the host computer then the drives are connected as soon as they are acccessed.
The host computer is never turned off. The client is turned off at the end of each session. If I restart the client immediately it re-connects, no problem. If I wait an unknown amount of time (more than an hour) I have to re-start the host again. Before the second network card there was no problem. The client would always connect at start-up.
I apologize for the length but I wanted to convey the situation with as much clarity as possible. Thanks for any input anyone may have.