Networking XP to 98

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by David Wilczynski, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. My friend bought a new Dell laptop running XP. I have
    been "helping" him set up a wireless network to his old 98
    desktop and new cable modem connection. I put both
    machines in the same Workgroup. Both are configured to use
    DHCP for TCP/IP address. To make a long story short,
    here's what happened:

    1) Both machines get access to internet. Great.
    2) Network neighborhood on laptop only shows laptop, on
    desktop only shows desktop. Bad.
    3) Both machines could PING one another. Good
    4) On XP laptop, I used a search feature to find the
    desktop via its IP address. It found it and I was able to
    see the shared file system perfectly. Terrific. I mapped
    it as a network drive. I obviously have a network.
    5) Nothing I do on the 98 desktop lets me see the laptop.
    6) I found a disk with XP system with a wizard for
    installing network. Against my better judgement, I ran it.
    Everything still seemed as before. The instructions now
    said to run the disk on the "other" machines on the
    network. Insanely I ran the disk on the 98 desktop. It
    asked the obvious questions, there really isn't much to
    do. When finished, the XP laptop could still see the 98
    desktop, but the desktop got worse; now it can't even PING
    the laptop. Yikes.

    So, there I stand. I might investigate downloaded 98
    service packs. I don't think my friend ever has done this?
    Do you think it will help.
    David Wilczynski, Jul 1, 2003
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