How to troubleshoot workgroup pinging?


Since upgrading one PC to Windows XP Professional last year, I am unable to see other Windows 98 machines on my LAN and visa versa. I can ping all machines but I cannot see all machines in my workgroup. AS a result, my son is unable to utilize multiplayer games.

Other facts:

I have shut off the built in Win XP firewall. I can see other machines from the Win XP machine sometimes if I use "Search" "Computers or People" and once found may remain in the XP Workgroup list. I almost mever see the XP machine name in any of the Win 98 Network Neighborhoods - Workgroup. Same configuration worked until I installed XP Pro on this one machine. All Win 98 machines usually see each other (fresh boot on all machines) although they do occassionally drop each other from the Workgroup list. They always did this even before the XP upgrade.

Any suggestions or solutions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,



This question was answered on March 26, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I have the same set-up with a 98 machine and XP with a Netgear 5 port switch The DSL modem acts as one NIC, and the other is integrated (Dell machine) The 98 machine requires a little more effort than XP to get set-up It could be a couple of things,but I'll just point you to these 2 troubleshooters If this doesn't do it, post back and I'll a/b the settings with you. this one:

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Posted by Enyenihi of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 26, 2003