Checking: PC not shown in Network Neigborhood

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 3 Nov. 1997 / Last Updated on 3 Nov. 1997]

A few basic item to check, when setting up a Windows 95 network and you cannot see the other PC's in the Network Neighborhood:

* is "MS File and Printer Sharing" installed ?

* Did you "share" something , a printer or a full disk or a directory?
(only system with 'something' to offer show up in the Network Neighborhood)

* Did you install on ALL systems "MS NetNEUI as protocol ?
(the systems do NOT understand each other, if they have not the same protocol installed, and the limited Windows95-Server module "MS File and Printer Sharing" works best with the "MS NetBEUI" protocol).

* If you use IPX protocol, did you configure IPX Frame Typ ?

* If you use TCP/IP protocol, can you PING the other systems(s) ?
Can you PING in BOTH directions (sometimes PING works only in ONE direction)

* Are the systems part of the SAME workgroup ? Typed EXACTLY the same ?

* Make sure, that the computer names are UNIQUE on the network (i.e. if 2 or more system have the same name , it does NOT work, they cannot talk to each other)

If all of the above is configure properly, verify whether you have a hardware problem by making the Test by Connection using TCP/IP or using NET DIAG:
* if you can 'ping' the other systems, then you have to continue to check your software configuration.
* if 'ping' does not get an echo, check your network hardware (did Windows 95 properly detect the IRQ of your network board, did you properly configure/select the proper plug on a Multi-Connector Board, do you have the proper cable ('straight'/'crossed' when using Twisted Pair Ethernet (10baseT/UTP)), did you properly 'terminated' the coax-cable of Thin Ethernet (10base2) ? it may also be caused by a different Network Ground/power ground level.

With Windows98, there can be a lot more possible causes for Windows95 and Windows98 systems NOT seeing each other.

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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