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Home network: Worked for months, now ?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by mtrvideo, Jan 23, 2002.

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  1. mtrvideo

    mtrvideo Thread Starter

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    Most of what I know about networks I've learned through trial and error and suggestions from those more experienced. Once again, I'm stumped.

    My home/business network consists of 6 computers, all running some version of Windows. 2 are on one hub, 3 are on another hub, both hubs are connected to a router along with 1 computer. This configuration has been running smoothly for about two months or so. Then, on Monday, all computers can use the internet, but can only read drives that have been mapped previously. Searching for computers will find some of them, but not all, but they cannot be accessed through explorer, nor will new folders be mapped. I get the message: "The list of servers is unavailable." There was also this message in the log file:

    "A duplicate name has been detected on the TCP network. The IP address of the machine that sent the message is in the data. Use nbtstat -n in a command window to see which name is in the Conflict state. "

    ...and this one...

    "The DNS Client service could not contact any DNS servers for a repeated number of attempts. For the next 30 seconds the DNS Client service will not use the network to avoid further network performance problems. It will resume its normal behavior after that. If this problem persists, verify your TCP/IP configuration, specifically check that you have a preferred (and possibly an alternate) DNS server configured. If the problem continues, verify network conditions to these DNS servers or contact your network administrator. "

    None of the computers have the same name, all are assigned to the same workgroup. There is no server, hence, no domain.

    Any suggestions as to what I might be looking for?

    Please help.

    Pat
     
  2. jbcalg

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    check your router log and also the nbtstat -n in a command window suggestion - see which IP (ie which PC) is considered in conflict

    your router admin screen should also id the problem
    - assuming it's using dhcp, sounds like a problem there

    post back pls
     
  3. mtrvideo

    mtrvideo Thread Starter

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    Here's where I get really stupid. I tried running nbstat -n in the command window, it tells me "Cannot find 'nbstat' (or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and all required libraries are available."

    I don't know of any other way to "run" a file.

    The DHCP log lists the following:

    videomaker 192.168.1.100 00-20-78-E0-FB-F3
    bernie 192.168.1.101 00-20-78-E0-FB-9E
    mtrvideo 192.168.1.102 00-E0-06-ED-36-F4
    Pictures 192.168.1.103 00-80-C8-4B-1F-B5
    TOMMYLEE 192.168.1.104 00-50-BA-66-09-37

    I appreciate your help, what now?

    Pat
     
  4. jbcalg

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    hmm, gotta put the thinkin cap on
    ...and need to go out for a while

    i'll post back a bit later

    meantime everyone else:
    don't be shy, jump in!!
    :)

    meantime: when you did the command line query
    you used the full directory path name
    (or did the cd/ bit to get there, old school dos navigating)
    for wherever you have the nbstat file, probably your router file, admin file, etc??
     
  5. mtrvideo

    mtrvideo Thread Starter

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    Well, I don't know if this is part of the problem, but I ended up doing a search to find the nbstat file, and there was none to be found. There is a cdrom that came with the router, but the file's not on there either. I checked the win2000 disk, there is a file named nbstat.ex_

    I've been doing some perusing through the forum and seem to have noticed a common problem involving winXP....two of the computers in my network are running XP, one...ME, two...win98, and one...win2000.

    As of about an hour ago, I can access one of the win98 computers, but both of the xp units tell me "Network path not found." I can't get to the ME computer, but that belongs to a neighbor and it just may be off.

    Because I can get to the one win98 computer (this is the one that has my business database on it), I'm not quite in the same state of panic, but still, I would like to have the system running smoothly just because I know it should.

    Thanks for your help....this site is great. By the way, I just noticed your quote, jb....60W desklamp... I love it!!
     
  6. jbcalg

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    sorry, busy here tonight, PC#2 decided to be real goofy and i likely trashed a few apps LOL

    60W desklamp
    - well that kicked a few weeks ago and haven't gotten around to 'tweakin' it back into action yet, loose switch or something

    so for now i'm using 2 x 60W ceiling fixture - yecccch, throws so many shadows i'm scaring myself everytime i move :D !
     
  7. mtrvideo

    mtrvideo Thread Starter

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    Well, I don't know why my problems started, and I don't know why they are fixed, all I did was rerun the network wizard on one of the xp computers. Everything is back working they way it should.

    Thanks for attention. I'm sure I'll be back again someday!

    Pat

    jb....BUY a new lamp!
     
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