I have two Windows 98 machines on a LAN
connected through a 5 port switching hub.
Also connected to the hub is an iDSL router
to the internet.
The two computers are rather different beasts. Outside of the Win98, the closest
thing they have in common is 3C905B and 3C905C (both wake on lan) NICs.
Now for the problem.
After about 24 hours of uptime, both windows machines stop issueing most TCP/IP traffic. This include IE and telnet. Though
oddly enough ping still works.
So before ~24 hours, all networking is fine.
After ~24 hours:
- No more telnet (LAN or Internet)
I verified it wasn't the iDSL router
by putting one of the machines into Linux
and attempting to telnet into the Linux
machine from the other failing windows
- No Web browsing. Nothing comes up.
Initial page search then error window.
All subsequent attempts get error page
Ping still works. Ping all LAN devices,
other Win98 machine and the iDSL router.
Drive/Printer sharing still works. The
Win98 machines can talk to each other via
Now this has not been a problem for long. It really seems like something that began to occur say 1 or 2 months ago. I'm not sure if
some system files were curropted or maybe the iDSL box is sending out something that eventually locks up the TCP/IP stack.
With this post I'm trying another experiment which is to reboot one of the Windows machines and disconnect it from the network
and replug it in after a day or two and see if it will be able to telnet out. Not sure if this is the right path though.
Also, the machine that dual boots to Linux never has these problems in Linux.
128MB ECC PC100 SDRAM
ASUS P3B-F 440BX Motherboard
SB Live 5.1 (was failing prior to this HW add)
Asus GeForce 2 MX (fail prior to this HW add)
13 GB UDMA/33 IDE
3COM WinModem w/telephony stuff
3com NIC 3C905B-TX
Dual Boot Win98 and Linux
PIII 500 (Dell Dimension T-500)
256 MB PC100 SDRAM
20 GB IDE HD
Diamond V770D Nvidia TnT2 Graphics card
3COM 3C905C-TX NIC
Tekram ???? Fast40-Wide SCSI controller
4.5 GB fast40-Wide SCSI drive
4x DVDROM (IDE)
Cinemaster MPEG decoder card for DVDROM
24/8/4 CDRW (IDE)
Seagate NS20/Travarn 5 tape backup (IDE)
Turtle Beach Montego II Soundcard
Service through Covad/Easystreet
SpeedStream 5871 IDSL Router (120-5871-001/2) v4.0.1
by Effecient Networks Inc.
All ethernet cabling is Cat 5