Unable to login to the network
We've got 2 Win98SE machines left on the production line and both have problems authenticating to the network. The one I'm working on now is a real head-scratcher.:huh: (I haven't worked on WIn98's in many many years.)
The operators problem is they can't log into the network so they have to 'sneaker-net' their data via floppy disk to an adjacent PC.
What I've found is that while we can't login to the network, when I cancel out of the login dialog, the PC loads the OS. I can confirm that the NIC is OK and properly set up (I think). I see the Network Adapter listed twice, once by itelf and again with TCP/IP=> infront of it. I think that means it's bound to that protocol.
I do an IPCONFIG /ALL and see that the "1st" ethernet adapter (labeled "0") has no IP (0.0.0.0) while the nect (labeled "1") has an IP. The IP is valid and I see the Gateway, WINS server, DHCP server. So it's getting an IP; the lease date-time begin and end confirm that. So, why won't it log in to the network? What am I missing?
A supervisor mentioned that "some big upgrade" last December (long before I got here) caused problems. The other machines were swapped out for Win7 and these are the last two - due to be swapped out in 2013. Could it be that it's on the server end? That some needed component to communicate with Win98SE is misssing?