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    Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    Here's one that has me scratching my head.

    A small peer-to-peer LAN has a mixture of Windows XP Pro and Windos 98 SE systems.

    The XP systems can access shared resources on each other.
    The XP systems can access shared folders on the Win 98 systems.
    The Win 98 systems can access shared folders on ONE of the XP systems.
    BUT the Win 98 systems cannot access shared folders and printer on one of the XP systems.
    The system name shows up in the network neighborhood, but clicking on it produces the message "This device does not exist on the network."

    The same protocols are loaded on all systems (including NetBuei needed to access an older print server that is accessible from all systems.

    Any ideas anyone?

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    Re: Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    Suggestions? Firewall...firewall...make sure the XP firewall is disabled on the box that you are having problems with. Also check to make sure the user account you are using to access the shares exists on both XP systems.
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    Re: Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    ICF is disabled

    Makes no difference if I add the Win 98 users to the XP system.

    The option to bar outside access to those with blank passwords is also disabled.

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    Re: Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    Ralph,
    Have you double checked the workgroup name on each machine? How many of each OS are there? Is simple file sharing enabled or disabled? What is different in the networking configuration between the XP systems?

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    Re: Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    All the systems are in the same workgroup,

    There are two Win XP Pro systems and 2 Win 98 SE systems. (There is also a WIn XP Home notebook that can access everthing.)

    I cannot see any difference between the setups on the two XP Pro systems.

    Interestingly, I was able to connect up a couple of weeks ago (when I installed the shared printer) but not on the Win 98 systems the printer is greyed out and cannot be put back "online".

    Naturally that leads to the question "What changed?" but the answer seems to be "Nothing."

    The only thing I can think of is that the user may have allowed an automatic Windows update to install.

    Ralph

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    Re: Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    Ralph,
    Have you tried uninstalling and re-installing the printer? Perhaps the printer driver messed something up. BTW, are you sure you've got the most current printer driver from the manufacturer?
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    Re: Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    Hi again Ralph,
    How are the IP addresses for the machines assigned? Have you checked the IP addresses?

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    Re: Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    Hi Joe,

    The IP addresses are assigned by a DCHP server (and I checked them)

    I don't see the printer driver being the issue because I get the "device does not exist on the network" message when trying to install the network printer -- the same as trying to access the shared documents folder.

    Is it just me, or is Windows XP really a total abomination that should never have seen the light of day? It seems there is nothing for the user in it that is not already in Windows 2000 Pro except unreliability, complexity, high memory use and problems !!

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    Re: Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    Did you install the printer driver on the '98 systems as well? If the drivers aren't installed on the '98 boxes, you will not be able to print to the shared printer.
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    Re: Win XP & Win 98 (current)

    Ralph,
    I've had very little trouble with XP Pro at home & at work. Have you check any of the following MS KB articles
    Troubleshooting Home Networking in Windows XP
    How to Troubleshoot Network Printing Problems in Windows XP How to Troubleshoot TCP/IP Connectivity with Windows XP

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