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Can't get my computers to see each other over the network.

By Jay Jay
Jan 23, 2005
  1. Hi everyone,

    I have two computers connected together via an ethernet hub, the first computer is running Win '95b and uses a standard 3Com NIC. The second computer is running Win '98se and has an integrated NIC, have to admit I'm a novice when it comes to all this so had a look on google and I found a site that gives advice on networking


    and I followed the instructions but I cannot get them to see each other over the network. As a test I've run games with network support options and they detected the NIC's, so I know at least that they are working.

    My brain is tired from wrangling, perhaps someone with more experience with this can show me the way to go.. :)

    Thanks for any help fellow TechSpotters can offer.
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You can't get much better instructions than that.
    Check your cables, one of them might be a crossover-cable.
    Hold the two plugs on each end together, same side up. The sequence of the wire-colours should be the same on both ends. If not, that is a crossover-cable, which you can NOT use for your setup.

    Make sure you have both PCs in the same WORKGROUP and that Filesharing is enabled on both PCs.
  3. Jay Jay

    Jay Jay TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    It's working, it's working!


    Everything's working fine now, after making sure that they were both configured to the same workgroup and file sharing like you advised I then realised they were both using different protocols :blush: (something the guide on that site did warn about) and I just needed to get them to use the same one. My Win98se machine for some reason didn't have the required dll and vxd files so I copied them over from my Win95b computer using a floppy and after restarting both PC's the network is running wonderfully.. Hopefully this will be of help to others in the future who have the same problem..

    Thanks again realblackstuff! :)
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