Windows 98,XP networking problem

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Nickey

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Hello, I have a home network that consisted of two machines, one with 98 the other with XP. They worked fine. Now I have added a third machine that runs XP. It is the gateway for my Internet connection. My problem is that it constantly tries to connect to the Internet. When I disable the LAN the attempts to dial up stop. When I connect just the two XP machines, no activity. When I add the 98 machine it starts again. I have tried various selections for the Internet connection but no luck. Can someone help?
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JohnWill

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Install a firewall on the W98 machine, and restrict all connections. See what tries to connect while it's just sitting there, that's the service or applications that is causing it to dial. I suspect the free version of Zone Alarm would be sufficient for this test.
 

Del

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Have you thought of using a router? It will solve all your problems.
 

JohnWill

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Then there's Del, always trying to do things the easy way! :D:D:D
 

Del

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Yup, as cheap as routers have gotten lately, seems a waste to get all tangled up in software and problems that can be avoided.

Guess it comes from being born in the BIG EASY..:cool:
 

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I will confess that I've never used ICS, when a client wants broadband connectivity, I insist on a router. :)

Before I had broadband, I had what MultiTech calls a dial-up proxy server, which is just another name for a router. Works just like the newer broadband models, and made it painless to share the ISP. Well, except for the painfully slow dial speeds! :D:D
 

Nickey

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Thanks for the help, I'm still working on it. And a router may be an option.
 

Del

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Just a lot less software issues with the router and you don't have to have one machine online so the others can connect.
 

Nickey

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Well, I have it working but I didn't solve the problem. I made the older machine with XP on it the Internet sharer. No problems with it so far. I think I might still check into a router, it is a hassle that that machine has to be on to get online.
 
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