'Network is Not Present or is Not..

April 12, 2007 at 08:03:46
Specs: Win2000, Compaq

Hi. I have a win2000 notebook which connects to the internet and network wirelessly over a netgear PCMCIA adaptor.

However, it cannot connect to other computers (Start > Run > '\\COMPUTERNAME' results in error: 'Network is not present or is not started').

I cannot think why this is. Also, when adding printers I do not have the option to add network printers- only local ones.

I think that this is probably related.

Any ideas?

Thanks.


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#1
April 12, 2007 at 16:02:15

what does your network admin have to say about it when you talk to them?

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#2
April 12, 2007 at 16:11:18

Err... I am my network admin...

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#3
April 12, 2007 at 19:26:59

You're connecting wirelessly. Are the other computers also connected to this same wireless network?

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#4
April 13, 2007 at 11:39:57

Sounds to me like you don't have DNS properly configured. Look at your workstation dns entries. Are they pointing to your Microsoft DNS server or to the ISP's DNS servers?

It should be pointing to your Microsoft DNS server as should all the other workstations.

It works like this: your isp dns server can not be updated by your clients. if you point to the isp's dns you can never resolve local host names because it doesn't know about them. This is why you point to your local MS DNS which CAN be updated by your clients. It in turn, since you put the isps dns servers in the Forwarders Tab, would refer a request for say Google to the isps dns since it could not resolve it locally.

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#5
April 28, 2007 at 22:21:45

JCoster

I had the same problem on several of my work pc's. Heres what I did to fix it.

1. log in as admin
2. Start and set to automatic the following services under administrative tools. TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper, Workstation, and Server

Let me know if this works for you. I would love to punch wanderer in the face for making such a usless comment.



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#6
May 8, 2007 at 11:50:37

I had a similar situation. I started the Workstation service and then everything was OK with trying to find a machine on the network via \\machinename


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