Networking Issues from Hell.

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JoniC

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Ok, one computer (a Win 98 on a Novell Network) started having issues on Friday. It lost it's ps/2 mouse first, then after we got a USB mouse up and running it seemed to drop it's network card. I've reinstalled it, and put all the settings back (it has a static IP) to no avail. I put in another card (of the same type), nada. Reintalled Novells client. Nope. Reinstalled Windows 98. Nope. Wiped the computer, reinstalled Windows 98 and the Novell Client. Nope. The card has to be at least working and connected at the board because the data lights are blinking on the back. It can see it's self but I can't ping to it, or see it on my LAN.

At first I thought perhaps I had a corrupt sector on my hard drive, but windows 98 seemed to install fine. I considered a virus but I ran it thru the Norton's 2002, and that seemed fine too. I am absolutely out of ideas. Any suggestions are hugely welcome.

Joni
 
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sounds like motherboard may be going out-
i've run into those issues before. the little quirky things tend to eventually be one big thing.

hope that helps

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Which version of the Netware client are you using...? Is this a Netware 4,5 or 6 network...? Windows NT servers on the same network...? What are all of the protocols, services & clients that you are running. Feel free to send a screen shot.
 

JoniC

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The saga continued...

(I should point out I've done the same install 100s of times, and have done it to that specific machine as well without incident so I don't think it's software or NIC, because it was working fine earlier in the week)

I decided this morning to try a couple more things. I turned it on, plugged in the PS/2 mouse. Now it works. GAH. Then I thought, well maybe it's my network cable, so I carried the machine up a looooong flight of stairs, very very carefully I might add and hooked it up in my office. No video. No video beep during POST.

So that's it. The machine is 6 months old. It's going to the shop. I suspect it's the mobo, let's hope it is because then it's under warranty.

On an entertaining note, I got a call yesterday from a nonprofit that I subcontract for, about their network not working....went in, and plugged the router back in :)
 
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