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I have an old Win98 machine that I'm trying to network w/ my new WinXP machine. The XP machine has a wireless-g router and the 98 has a PCI wireless-g card. I'm getting cable internet sometime this week, but right now I don't have any internet access. BTW, the configuration utility for PCI card indicates that signal strength is at 100%.

I did a search on this site and found some instructions, but I have some questions.

1. Make sure you have the same IP scheme (eg 192.168.0.x)
***Should both computers have the same IP address (ie, x=100 for both, or x=100 for XP and 101 for 98)? I currently have them set to 100 and 101.

2. Make sure you have the same Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS IP addresses.
***Subnet and gateway at the same, but do I need DNS? I left DNS blank in XP and DNS is disabled in 98. The instructions for both the router and the PCI card don't mention anything about DNS... if I do need it, what IP should I set it to?

3. Make sure you can ping the other computer's IP address. If this fails, just for testing, make sure you turn off XP's as well as any other firewall.
***The Win98 machine isn't used for internet, so it doesn't have a firewall. The WinXP firewall is disabled. I went to the Start Menu, Run, and then typed "ping 192.168.0.100" or 101. I can't get either computer to ping the other. When I had them both set to 100, I got good ping (<1ms), but I assume that was becuz the computer was pinging itself.

But even when I had good ping, I still couldn't see anything on the other computer, even though I had enabled several folders on each machine for sharing. Searching for other computers couldn't find anything.
 

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I think you said you are connecting both PCs to a router, at least one wirelessly. Right? If so, why are you messin' with static IP configurations? If you want my advice ...

Reset the router to factory default settings. Set both PCs to 'obtain IP auto' and 'obtain DNS auto.'

Open a Command Window and type
ipconfig /all

That will show you the IP address of the computer. They will probably differ by one digit. On each you should also see the same address for Gateway and Dhcp server (that's your router's address).

You should be able to ping the router and the other computer.

Have you enabled file and printer sharing on either (or both) computer(s)? I don't mean set a specific folder to be shared--I mean enabling file and printer sharing so that it is possible to share folders.

Once you get the network (pings successful) working you can then enable encryption on the router and again connect wirelessly and try pings again to be sure.
 

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TerryNet said:
I think you said you are connecting both PCs to a router, at least one wirelessly. Right? If so, why are you messin' with static IP configurations?
I just followed the instructions that came w/ the router and the PCI card... those were the IP addresses the instructions said to use. But I'll try your suggestions, becuz following the instructions obviously isn't working. I've enabled file and printer sharing, but that's not gonna do much good if I can't even get them to ping. :(
 

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also check any firewalls are not blocking the connection - you should be able to set up a range of IP address which can access the PC's

I would also suggested posting IPCONFIG /ALL for both PC's here

ipconfig /all

TWO Methods to do that - some people have problems with ONE----

ONE ---------------------------------
start
run
cmd (command on win98 PC)
ipconfig /all

rightclick in the box
select all
enter
control key + C key - to copy
then reply here and
control key + V to paste

TWO -----------------------------------------------

Start, Run, CMD (command on win98 PC) to open a DOS window and type:

IPCONFIG /ALL >C:\RESULT.TXT

Open C:\RESULT.TXT with Notepad and copy/paste the entire results here.
 

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TerryNet said:
Reset the router to factory default settings. Set both PCs to 'obtain IP auto' and 'obtain DNS auto.'
There isn't any auto DNS setting in Win98. But it didn't seem to work anyway... the auto settings were way different from each other. So I auto-configured XP and set 98 to match. When DNS is enabled in 98, what Host and Domain names should I use? I tried the XP computer's name as Host and the network name as Domain, but it didn't work.

Here are the WinXP auto settings:

Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : medlib
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : SiS 900-Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-6E-D8-14-FB
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, January 22, 2007 7:02:00 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, February 01, 2007 7:02:00 PM


Here are the Win98 settings that I manually configured to match the WinXP auto settings:

Windows 98 IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . : medlib.house
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
Node Type . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
NetBIOS Scope ID. . . . . . :
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . : No
NetBIOS Resolution Uses DNS : Yes

0 Ethernet adapter :

Description . . . . . . . . : PPP Adapter.
Physical Address. . . . . . : 44-45-53-54-00-00
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Primary WINS Server . . . . :
Secondary WINS Server . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . :
Lease Expires . . . . . . . :

1 Ethernet adapter :
Description . . . . . . . . : IEEE 802.11g Wireless Cardbus/PCI Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . : 00-18-E7-0A-F7-FF
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
Primary WINS Server . . . . :
Secondary WINS Server . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . :
Lease Expires . . . . . . . :

I entered the correct values for DHCP in Win98, but they don't show up for some reason:( For comparison's sake, here at the auto config settings from Win98:


Windows 98 IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . : medlib.house
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
Node Type . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
NetBIOS Scope ID. . . . . . :
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . : No
NetBIOS Resolution Uses DNS : Yes

0 Ethernet adapter :
Description . . . . . . . . : PPP Adapter.
Physical Address. . . . . . : 44-45-53-54-00-00
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Primary WINS Server . . . . :
Secondary WINS Server . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . :
Lease Expires . . . . . . . :

1 Ethernet adapter :
Description . . . . . . . . : IEEE 802.11g Wireless Cardbus/PCI Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . : 00-18-E7-0A-F7-FF
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 169.254.221.23
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Primary WINS Server . . . . :
Secondary WINS Server . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . : 01 22 07 8:54:28 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . :
 
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Doesn't look like the last Win98 listed computer is getting a valid IP address:
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 169.254.221.23
 

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Make sure encryption is disabled until you get the wireless to communicate. With the wireless utility on the Windows 98 do you detect the wireless signal? What happens when you try to connect to it?

Bob, does Windows 98 support wireless, or is 98SE required?
 

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I skimmed over something in last post. I know the wireless is not communicating because the 98 didn't get a good IP config. If you go back to using static (I don't recommend) then try to ping the router:
ping 192.168.1.254
to determine if there is communication. Until this ping works, no sense in trying to talk with the other computer.
 
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Exactly. That's why I mentioned that it doesn't look like the last Win98 listed computer is getting a valid IP address: IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 169.254.221.23

I have seen Win98SE computers that are supposed to be able to connect wireless still have problems.
 

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TerryNet said:
With the wireless utility on the Windows 98 do you detect the wireless signal? What happens when you try to connect to it?
Well that ended up being the problem... I opened the PCI card utility on the Win98 machine and the settings had been changed. I think it's supposed to be set to "access point" but it was actually set to "MyLAN infrastructure" or something like that. It's weird though, becuz I know I had 100% signal strength before... so it was either reset to default settings, or I might have accidentally changed it while I was trying to find the right settings.

In any event, IT WORKS!!:D

It's hard to say exactly when it was changed off "access point", so I don't know when the underlying IP config problem was solved. But it seems like the process of running auto config in WinXP and then manually setting Win98 to match is what did it. I have full access to files and folders from both machines to the other, and I also successfully enabled WEP encryption:)

1 minor annoyance though... now whenever I start the Win98 machine, it asks for a password for Microsoft Networking before it fully boots up. Is there any way to bypass this? I'm not using a password on either machine, but it still asks. I used to have a similar issue on my old work computer, so I'm guessing there's no way around it(n)

Bob, I found your link to solve the browsing delay issue, so I'll be applying that fix tonight.

Thanx for all your help guys(y) :D
 

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"... it asks for a password for Microsoft Networking before it fully boots up. Is there any way to bypass this?"

Windows XP. :( I remember trying to find a solution for my daughter for several years. Nothing I found worked for her, and I didn't keep the attempts I found.

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Yes, there is a way to bypass the prompt for a logon with Win98. Download TweakUI for Win98 from Microsoft and configure it to autologon with whatever account and password you are using manually
 
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