I've been fighting with an intermittant home network connection for months. Here is the setup:
Two PC's running Win 98 SE
both with D-Link DFE-530TX 10/100 PCI NIC
Both bound to NetBEUI
Both running Client for Microsoft Networks
File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks
Cat 5e crossover cable (Belkin yellow cable, 10')
Each computer can find the other, most of the time, sometimes with great delay.
Each computer can browse the other, but response time is quite variable, and sometime results in an error (read on).
So the Network is obviously configured right (right?), i.e. the two computers demonstrably are using the same ptotocol and have a connection.
But here is what happens:
I can copy small files from machine to machine, no problem, but as files get above 100K in size the prospect gets iffy, and at about 1 MB it is almost never succesful. Instead I get any number of error messages.
Usually I get "Error Copy File: Cannot create or replace filename.ext. The specified network resource or device is no longer available" or a variant "The network path was not found".
If after I receive this error message I go back to browse the network device I get a follow on error message which reads "\\computername is not accessible. This device does not exist on the network." or "\\computername\devicename. The network name cannot be found"
These later two errors send explorer off into who knows where. I get an hour glass that usually will not go away, and I have to resort to Alt-ctrl-del to call up Windows Close Program dialog and end the task. On one of the two computers this usually sends my Desktop into Active Desktop Recovery.
Anyway, it seems I've got a network that works only for the most trivial of tasks, and not my eventual goal of sharing an internet connection, exchanging multi-megabyte files, and computer to computer gamming.
Here is what I have tried to resolve this. Uninstalled and re-installed network cards, tested both network cards with D-Link's diagnostic program (both pass), unbound and rebound network protocols, updated IRQ steering on machine that runs on a FIC VA-503+ motheboard with VIA MVP3 chipset, disabled IRQ steering on that machine, replaced crossover cable.
So far nothing has improved or changed the situation. I am at wits end. Any ideas out there?
Have I missed something obvious?