a problem question for all you networking gurus out there.
2 computers -
1 W2000 Professional.
The aim of the excercise is to share a cable internet connection and files on each of the machines. We have a belkin DSL/CABLE router. to do this.
I plug the bits together, the built in dhcp server on the router assigns the 2 puter's IP addresses. Both computers can see each other and access the interet. Fine so far.
So, i start to share the drives. Share the W98 c drive and the other puter can access it and copy files etc. However, when i try to get the W98 machine to access the W2000 c drive, the error : enter password for IPC$. Which i havent set. So, i head off to Google Groups (lets face it, it has the answer to just about everything) and find out that you must enable the Guest account (disabled by default) on the 2000 machine. I do this.
Now after the lot is restarted, neither pc can see each other. Can't map drives or ping computer names. The only thing that will work is the internet connection (done by the router anyway) and the Windows2000 machine can ping the IP address of the 98 machine but not its name. W98 cannot ping the 2000 mach by either IP addess or name.
I have tried complete powerdowns, reassigning ip addresses, 1million restarts, changing workgroups, disabling guest again all to no avail. The computers will not see each other. all that will work is the 2000 machine can ping the IP address (but not the name) of the 98 machine but NOTHIN else?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated