Okay, so I feel like I've gone back over a decade and am pulling my hair out over what should be such a basic networking issue.
I have a client who had 2 PC's running Windows 2000 Pro (yes, I know! they are POS custom builds, the company that made them, and the software has gone bust, and replacement hard, and software will run into many thousands of £'s/$'s - not an option right now), which need to be able to 'see' one another. Until recently, they could, until one day the Netgear switch into which they were plugged, went pop. This was replaced, and didn't solve the issue. However, replacing the 2 x cables also, made the expected lights spring back to life.
PC1 has the name 'hqipos' and has been give a static IP of 192.168.0.1, subnet mask 255.255.255.0 no other fields set.
PC2 has the name 'till01', static IP x.2 rest the same.
Both are a member of 'WORKGROUP'. There is NO internet connection or need for external access, just communication between the 2.
I cannot get the 2 machines to even ping one another! Least of all browse to '\\till01\' or further.
When selecting 'computers near me' within 'network connections' each machine will only see itself (once PC1 listed both, but clicking on Till01 displayed the error 'network resource or destination unreachable' or similar).
This is pre-XP so I can't see a security centre or firewall option anywhere, no AV software.
It's been a long long time since I had to network anything pre-XP and am just wondering if any of you can get the grey cells going to tell me if I am missing something obvious?!
Edit: It occurred to me that the actual NW cards in the machines may be damaged (after all, why did the switch and cables need replacing - although W2K is listing these as working ok) so I have ordered 2 more. ??
Edited by brettjameslive, 22 October 2013 - 11:20 AM.