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Can no longer bind WinME IPX/SPX to any adapters

By AEN007
May 12, 2008
  1. 12May2008

    Maybe joining/posting here at techspot
    will find the/a solution to this issue.
    At this time I can no longer bind IPX/SPX
    to any adapters. I can bind/remove/rebind
    TCP/IP & other Protocols but not IPX/SPX ... not at all.

    Two & half years ago I decided to reformat
    the 4gb HDD in the Toshiba & cleanly reinstall WinME.
    I have a WinME upgrade CD & the Win98 CD
    that came with the Toshiba. At first I had no trouble
    binding IPX/SPX after the clean reinstall.
    Unfortunately I did not have Drive Image XML
    like I do now; otherwise I could have restored
    a fully-functioning back up image of the c:\ partition.
    Until this IPX/SPX binding problem WinME
    on the Toshiba was functioning better then ever.

    I have a Toshiba 4005cds with two PCMCIA slots.
    WinME shows a separate adapter for the bottom &
    the top slot for the WLAN & the Surecom ethernet card.
    WinME shows only one adapter for the Netgear
    ehternet card whether I use the top or bottom slot.
    I cannot now bind IPX/SPX to the WLAN card
    top slot but previously did for the WLAN bottom slot.
    Because I can use both an ethernet & the WLAN card
    when the WLAN card is in the bottom slot,
    this gives me operability. Adapters already
    with IPX/SPX function fine. I cannot bind IPX/SPX
    to the Surecom ethernet card in the bottom slot.
    I cannot bind IPX/SPX to my new USB»Ethernet
    adapter under WinME but have on my XP laptops.
    I cannot bind IPX/SPX to my new USB»USB
    adapter/cable under WinME but have on my XP laptops.

    It seems I cannot use WinME TCP/IP alone
    without IPX/SPX for my LAN. I have three laptops.
    I started using IPX/SPX for my LAN
    (after acquiring my 2nd laptop) because
    TCP/IP for LAN conflicted with the TCP/IP
    for internet through WLAN. I do not need IPX/SPX
    for internet connections. I now use IPX/SPX
    for LAN - either ethernet or WLAN.

    This is not a new problem for me.
    About a year after the WinME reinstall
    I could no longer (re)bind IPX/SPX to my three
    PCMCIA cards (2 ethernet & 1 WLAN).
    Now (as then) after I double click IPX/SPX,
    WinME returns me to the ADD/CANCEL popup
    without binding IPX/SPX. Somehow, I really
    have no idea now how, I did something & was
    able to bind IPX/SPX to the PCMCIA cards.
    I remember choosing HAVE DISK and trying
    different .inf files. That has not worked for me now.

    In any case, what is going on here?
    More importantly, what can I do to restore
    the functionality to WinME to bind IPX/SPX to adapters?
    I tried a WinME repair install by running setup
    in c:\win\options\install, but that did not restore
    the IPX/SPX functionality. I suppose/hope a clean
    reinstall would restore IPX/SPX binding functionality,
    but I hope to find some other, less destructive solution.

    The problem is NOT that IPX/SPX is not available
    as an option under Protocols. I tried the Microsoft
    fix of extracting/restoring inf files to c:\win\inf to no avail.

    Somewhere along the line something has happened.
    I don't know what & I don't know what I need to do
    (other than maybe another clean WinME reinstall)
    to restore IPX/SPX binding functionality.

    Any insights appreciated.
    Thank you.

    p.s.: I now run WinME in the Toshiba on the 40gb HDD
    that was originally in my T30 with XP.
    The T30 now has a 250gb HDD.
    I might try a fresh WinME install on the 4gb
    at some time as a test to see a clean reinstall
    restores the bind IPX/SPX functionaltiy ...
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