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Q: Setting up Home Network for 2 CPUs ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Setting up Home Network for 2 CPUs
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: gooooogle-ga
List Price: $7.00
Posted: 23 Apr 2003 19:54 PDT
Expires: 23 May 2003 19:54 PDT
Question ID: 194625
I would like to network the following desktop computers:

Computer 1:
emachines T4160 
OS: Windows XP
Ethernet Card: ADMtek AN983 10/100 PCI Adapter

Computer 2:
HP Pavilion 8290
OS: Windows 95
Generic Ethernet Card Installed

HUB:  LINKSYS 5-Port Workgroup Hub

Here's the problem:
Computer 1 sets up the network part just fine... I can go to My
Network Places > Entire Network > Microsoft Windows Network > Home
This shows me Computer 1 and all of it's sharing abilities on the

Also, I can see on the Hub that Computer 1 is "registering".. in other
words, the green light is blinking - whereas with Computer 2 the green
light is ON, but steady with no sign of activity.

As for Computer 2 when I go to Network Neighborhood I see the icon for
"Entire Network", but when I click on it I receive the following
"Unable to browse the network. The network is not accessible.  For
more information, look in the Help index at the topic "Network

I went through all of the steps in the Network Troubleshooter and it
wasn't of much help.

How can I get Computer 2 and 1 to communicate?

Subject: Re: Setting up Home Network for 2 CPUs
Answered By: shiva777-ga on 23 Apr 2003 20:13 PDT
When you use the network setup wizard in XP, at the final step it will
prompt you to create a floppy disk with a wizard that you can use on
other computers you want to hook up that have previous versions of
windows. Using this wizard will allow them to talk to the XP created
network.   If this does not work let me know and I will help you out
some more.


Request for Answer Clarification by gooooogle-ga on 23 Apr 2003 20:21 PDT
I tried that.  When I run the .exe file on the Windows 95 computer it
"The Network Setup Wizard is supported only on Windows 98, Windows 98
SE, Windows Millennium Edition, and Windows XP.  Instructions for
configuring a network for other operating systems can be found in the
help files in those systems."

Clarification of Answer by shiva777-ga on 23 Apr 2003 21:12 PDT
Now I remember having a hard time with the Windows 95 when I was
trying to setup a network for the High School I work at. I remembered
that I eventually did it though. It's not that hard but requires
fiddling with the TCP/IP properties.

Here are some detailed instructions on how to do it:
Keep me posted. We'll get you up and running!


Request for Answer Clarification by gooooogle-ga on 24 Apr 2003 15:14 PDT
OK.. we're getting there, but we still aren't quite there yet.  

Per the instructions on the site you referenced I created a new user
on the XP system (that was the only thing I had to do on the XP).

On the Windows 95 system I followed all of the instructions and set up
the IP address manually and things are starting to fall into place
except the computers can't see each other.

In my 95 computer I can go to Network Neighborhood and Click on Entire
Network and see the "HOME" Workgroup.  The only computer listed in
that Workgroup is the 95 computer.  The XP isn't showing up.

The same goes for the XP computer... I click on My Network Places >
View Workgroup Computers, and I only see the XP computer.

Something to note...  The instructions on the website you sent me said
for me to create a new user on the XP, which I did...  I used that
username and password to sign onto the 95 computer, but it didn't seem
to recognize what I was doing.  When I start the 95 computer I get the
"Enter Network Password" screen.  I enter the user name and password
and the domain is home.  I am guessing that the "domain" is supposed
to refer to the Workgroup name that is setup for the 2 computers to
share, but after I enter the information I get a Microsoft Networking
pop-up (it has a yellow triangle with an exclamation point inside) --
it says, "No domain server was available to validate your password. 
You may not be able to gain access to some network resources."

How can I get the 2 computers to see each other?

If we can get this network up and running I will pay $20.00 ($13.00

Clarification of Answer by shiva777-ga on 24 Apr 2003 17:39 PDT
Ok some things to check:

1) Are you using Windows Home or Pro? If pro trygoing to My computer
----Tools----Folder Options -----View and uncheck Use Simple file

2) Do you Windows 95 Service Pack 1 installed? If not:
This was an important networking upgrade.

3) Any chance of upgrading to 98 or XP? This would be the easiest
solution. :-)

Keep me posted.

Request for Answer Clarification by gooooogle-ga on 24 Apr 2003 17:47 PDT
1) I am using Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.

2) The system properties for the 95 computer show:
Microsoft Windows 95
4.00.950 B

How do I know if Service Pack 1 is instatlled?

3) No, I don't plan to upgrade it anytime soon.

Another note:  I have networked the 95 computer in the past.  I
networked it to a laptop that was running Windows 98.  That was quite
a while ago and I have done a system restore using the HP Restore disk
since that time... so the settings are no longer there... but it has
been networked in the past.

Request for Answer Clarification by gooooogle-ga on 24 Apr 2003 18:22 PDT

I am going to go ahead and close this question and post it again for
the additional $13.00 that I had said I would pay.

By posting your suggestion as the answer, the question is not being
seen by others researchers who might be able to help solve my problem.

Thank you so much for your help.

Clarification of Answer by shiva777-ga on 24 Apr 2003 22:18 PDT
Hi Goooooogle.  I apologize for answering the question outright with a
suggestion and should've posted it as a comment first. I have just
started answering questions here and I'm kind of learning the ropes. 
I would definitely install service pack #1 as the next step as I would
consider that pretty essential. Even if it has been installed before,
installing it again can't hurt and if it has not been installed yet it
could solve your problem. I will be happy to continue working with you
on this until your problem is solved, but do what you think is best.
Subject: Re: Setting up Home Network for 2 CPUs
From: dirtydozen-ga on 30 Apr 2003 21:26 PDT
Sounds like a bad cable to me. Try switching the cables between the
two computers that lead to the hub

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