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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #45 on: January 20, 2007, 03:25:38 PM »
@Tech - Sorry, I missed the fact that there is a hub in your friend's  network.

If the network previously  functioned OK and

1)  Nobody changed any TCP/IP or router settings, and
2)  Nobody reconfigured any hardware

Then it might be a hardware problem.  The hub seems to be the common element.  Do you have a different one you can put in the network to test?

@FreewheelinFrank - A friend had a similar problem an old (very old) computer that we tracked down to dust in the RJ45 connector.  It might be worth a look.

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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #46 on: January 20, 2007, 04:07:14 PM »
Then it might be a hardware problem.  The hub seems to be the common element.  Do you have a different one you can put in the network to test?
Yes I have but it's not the hub. I can ping, the cables are ok.
I don't think it's a hardware problem but a files sharing (and access rights) problem.
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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #47 on: January 20, 2007, 04:22:02 PM »
But did the network just stop with no human input?
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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #48 on: January 20, 2007, 05:21:50 PM »
But did the network just stop with no human input?
No... There is always an human input... whenever the user admits or not...
I think any TCP/IP setting, specially on Windows Registry should be messed up at his computer.
I'll post later about this.  8)
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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #49 on: January 20, 2007, 05:36:46 PM »
Maybe you could try this, Tech?

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On Windows XP, you can't uninstall / reinstall tcp/ip as it is integral to the OS. You can, however, reset it to the default specs. I had this same problem with my laptop, and after searching found the answer this morning. Go to for instructions on this. it's a simple command line modifcation that rewrites certain registry entries. Well, it seems that I cannot put the link in, so here goes.

1. Go to "start" & "run"
2. Type "cmd" and press enter. A "DOS box" should come up
3. type "netsh int ip reset c:\logfile.txt" and press enter. THis will change the settings and create a logfile on the root directory of your C drive.

http://forums.techguy.org/networking/411205-error-clear-netbt.html

I have a crossover cable connecting my two computers, set up with the correct IP addresses, workgroup name etc.

I can ping the IP address of the other computer but not the computer name. This seems to be a NETBios problem, from what I read.

Trying a repair of the connection on the old computer gives a error message : failure clearing NetBT.

If there's any network wizars who happen to read this, any advice would be appreciated! 

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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #50 on: January 20, 2007, 05:41:14 PM »
NOOO  :(
I've tried this in the past and I've LOST completely the possibility to connect the Internet!  :(
I have to use a Windows Registry backup to get connected again.
No, no, no... This command:
"netsh int ip reset c:\logfile.txt"
I won't use at all!

I can ping the IP address of the other computers, I can see the computer name but I can't share files.
Better, my friend can't  ;D
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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #51 on: January 20, 2007, 06:34:46 PM »
Maybe this can help?  :)

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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #52 on: January 20, 2007, 07:05:27 PM »
I don't know if there is any new info here
http://www.herongyang.com/win/crossover.html
A crossover cable network is a computer network with two computers connected with a crossover cable.
Indeed my friend has 3 computers joined by a hub, he doesn't use crossover cable but a normal, network one, connected by the hub.

Tech, I understand that. I should have posted that I was directing this towards FWF.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2007, 09:12:28 PM by oldman »

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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #53 on: January 20, 2007, 08:16:47 PM »
Might I suggest a gallon of gasoline and a match?

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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #54 on: January 20, 2007, 08:19:03 PM »
Don't tempt me!  >:(
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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #55 on: January 20, 2007, 09:34:13 PM »
Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!  :D

I fixed it!

Researching the 'failure clearing NetBT' message, I came across this command line utility for checking NetBios, nbtstat:

http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/39e7ef09-569a-46ed-8292-817ada07f4ee1033.mspx?mfr=true

This produced the following error message: 'Failed to access NetBT driver -- NetBT may not be loaded'.

This lead me to this post:

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/network/NetBT-driver-File-printer-sharing-problems-ftopict20325.html

Which contained the answer here:

http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t-9007-NetBT-Troubleshooting-windows-XP.html

I don't think I've ever used Steve Gibson's tool (so to speak) but something had disabled NetBT, which in turn stopped NetBios from starting.

Having spent three days setting up the network, it took five minutes to transfer my files across!  :'(
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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #56 on: January 21, 2007, 05:45:46 AM »
*The old computer is USB1 too: transferring the files would take about 3+ hours.

Having spent three days setting up the network, it took five minutes to transfer my files across!

Ahh, a man after my own heart. Spend 3 days to save 3 hours.

Seriously, glad you got it. I'll keep this thread in mind. I may be doing this soon myself.

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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #57 on: January 21, 2007, 05:56:52 AM »
No dust in the connector, then?  ;D
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Re: Networking two computers- help please!
« Reply #58 on: January 22, 2007, 09:18:59 PM »