In attempting to set up a 2 PC network I ran into a problem. One of the systems will not come up with a logon dialog box at boot up. I have tried to isolate the problem by removing the NIC and treating this as an OS problem instead of a networking problem. Is this line of thinking correct?
System with the problems is:
Dell 4100 PIII 933
128 MB RAM
30 GB HD, 20 GB Free
3COM 3C905-TX NIC
As I said the NIC has been removed and I’ve tried the following:
Larry’s FAQ at http://duxcw.com/faq/network/nopsswd.htm
MS KB article Q141858, almost the same as Larry’s FAQ
MS KB Q137361
MS KB Q148925
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/support/trblshot11.htm (When I thought it was a NIC problem)
I’ve also tried the built in MS Network Troubleshooter
I was following Larry’s How to Network Two Win 95/98 Computers. The setup went fine the other P90 w/ 16MB RAM and a Netgear FA311 NIC. Both TCP/IP and NetBEUI are installed and appear to be working fine. The system will ask to logon at boot. All I would like to do is share files between the two computers, no need to share an internet connection at this time.
When I called Dell they said they would not troubleshoot a network problem unless it was two Dell computers running through a Dell hub. When I said I would remove the NIC and they could treat it as a stand-alone Dell computer that would not logon, they said reinstall Win ME and probably lose any data on the system.
My questions, Has anyone come across this problem before? If an OS reinstall is required has anyone done that without losing data? I seem to remember doing a reinstall on some old Win95 systems by just dropping the CD in, and one of the options was to Reinstall/Update System Files. Does Win ME not offer this? Are there different/other steps to accomplish the same thing? I have the hard drive partitioned into 4 drives (C, D, E, F). The only thing on C is the operating system and any factory installed programs from Dell.
Any help would be greatly appreciated,