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    Internet Connection Sharing

    Hi I wasn't sure if I should post this question here or in the Windows XP.

    My problem is, I have 2 PC's on a home network, the main PC is running XP Pro and the other XP Home both have SP2 installed. The network is running fine although on occasions some of the shared folders don't show up in My Network Places (but that's another issue)

    My problem is that I have tried to install Internet Connection Sharing but can't seem to get it to work, I have followed the M'soft KBA 306126, but it still eludes me. My host PC has a ESS ES56H-PI Data Fax Voice Modem installed. When I try to connect through the client pc (by opening Internet Explorer) it wants to connect to the net by dialing in even though my host PC is already connected.

    I hope this makes sense. Is anyone able to give me any suggestions
    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    The first thing to check is Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Connections
    Make sure this is set to "Never dial a connection"

    StuartR

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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    Hi Stuart
    Thanks for your suggestion, I've checked the setting and have now changed it to never dial a connction, but it still isn't working.

    Any other suggestions?

    Cheers
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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    Can you give a bit more information than "isn't working". Hopefully it is no longer attempting to dial out?

    Can you type the command IPCONFIG into a command prompt on both computers and let us know what output you get.

    Can you try Start > Run > NETSH DIAG GUI
    When the window appears click on "Set scanning options" and check all the boxes except Verbose
    Click "Scan your system"
    This will run a whole series of different network tests, which may pinpoint where the problem is
    Wait a few minutes for the tests to finish
    Let us know what results you get, particularly which tests PASS

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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    Hi Stuart

    Thanks again for your help and sorry for not giving enough information. What I meant to say was when I open Internet Explorer it comes up saying "Can't find server", and yes it no longer tries to dial out.

    Also I have run all the tests you suggested and was going to attached them but they are too big. Is there some way I can send them or would you prefer me to detail them here. I have attached the IPCONFIG test results.

    Cheers
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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    The IPCONFIG output is really helpful.

    The "Server PC" is correctly using address 192.168.0.1 on it's Ethernet adapter and a different, valid looking address on it's dial up.
    The "Client PC" is correctly using address 192.168.0.2 with a gateway of 192.168.0.1 so we know that the "Server PC" is running ICS and has given the Client information via DHCP.

    On the client PC what happens if you type PING 192.168.0.1
    On the client PC can you access web sites by address, rather than name. e.g. http://207.46.236.29/ to get to the Microsoft web site.
    Can you let us know which Network diagnostics passed and which failed.

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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    Dax,

    It's quite hard ploughing through that output, but it looks to me as though every single network test <font color=448800>PASSED</font color=448800> on both the server and the client. Is that right? Not a single red <font color=red>FAILED</font color=red> on either computer?

    To reduce the strain on other Loungers you might want to edit your post to remove most of that data, and just say which tests passed/failed.

    Can you try a couple more commands from the CLIENT computer
    PING 203.164.196.137
    PING 203.2.75.132

    The first of these tests the ability to talk to the far side of the HOST computer
    The second tests whether we can talk to the DNS server that the HOST computer is using

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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 01-Feb-05 18:02. to move very lengthy test results into the attachment.)</P>Hi Stuart

    I did the ping test and have attached the results.
    I tried entering the site address you provided but again the same result ie "cannot find server"

    The results of the Network Diagnotics are in the attached document

    Hope this all makes sense to you.

    Cheers and thanks again
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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    Hi Stuart

    Thanks for the advice re the size of the last message. I haven't amended it as Leif has included it in the attachment.

    Yes you are correct there were no red failed results in either test.

    I have run the additional ping tests you requested and have attached them for you.

    Thanks again for your help I really appreciate it

    Cheers
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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    The additional pings show that the HOST PC is not routing packets from the CLIENT PC, even though we know (from earlier pings) that it can receive them on it's Ethernet port.

    My guess is that there is a Service not running that ought to be. I don't have a PC running ICS, so I can't check what services should be started. I will try looking round the Microsoft web site later (when I'm not at work) unless someone else can post a list of Services that should be started with ICS.

    Can you look in Event Viewer (Start > Run > Eventvwr) to see if there were any errors around the time you started up the HOST PC, or at the time the Client tried it's PING.

    In the meantime can you try the following on the HOST PC.
    Start > Run > Services.msc
    Actions > Export List > give it a file name
    Post the file here as an attachment, so we can see what services you are running.

    It will be a TAB separated text file, with some long entries, so one of us needs to import it into Excel to make it usable.

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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    Hi Stuart

    I have run the events viewer and couldn't see any issues.

    I have also generated the services.msc and have attached it. I haven't converted it to excel as I don't have excel on my pc...sorry.

    Cheers
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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    I can see absolutely no reason why this is not working.

    Do you have ANY firewalls installed? I could imagine a firewall causing these symptoms.

    The only other suggestion I have is to turn off internet connection sharing on the HOST PC, reboot the HOST PC and reenable ICS, maybe something went wrong when you turned it on the first time and some functionality wasn't enabled - but I can't imagine what!

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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    Hi Stuart
    I guess we are starting to run out of ideas.

    I do have Zone Alarm running, but have previouly switched it off but without any change.

    Ialso turned off ICS on the host rebooted then reenabled it but I still have the same problem.

    Guess I'll just have to grin and bear it until our local telecommunications company (Telstra) pull there finger out so I can get ADSL connected.

    Thanks for all your help, it was really appreciated

    Cheers
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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    Dax,
    Just ran across this: Windows XP Internet Connection Sharing. Maybe it will help.

    Joe
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    Re: Internet Connection Sharing

    Thanks Joe

    I'll work through it later today

    Cheers
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