How do I connect Win7 laptop to DOS computer?

September 15, 2017 at 20:38:55
Specs: Win7 home premium
Need to get a successful PING request from a desktop running DOS 6.22. to my Win7 laptop to prove the network connection on the DOS computer is functional. Don't need to x-fer any files, just need the PING request to be answered. I used ipconfig to display my IPv4 address and tried to ping my laptop from the DOS computer thru a crossover network cable. The ping request timed out.

Do I need to set-up a LAN connection or something on the laptop?
I believe the DOS computer is using netbeui but may be TCPIP. Not sure how to tell.

Thx in adv.

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September 15, 2017 at 22:48:40
You need to run tcp\ip on the DOS computer. This isn't standard with DOS, so you need 3rd party software. TCP IP

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September 22, 2017 at 18:36:30
I loaded the computer with all the s/w supposedly needed for a Dell (from an install CD), but we used a different manuf so I needed a different NIC driver. There are references to Netbeui and TCPIP in the protocol.ini file so I'm not sure which one is actually being used.

I was able to ping my laptop with another win7 laptop so I believe my laptop is OK for TCPIP.:

Here's the protocol.ini file before I modified it to use a different NIC driver (Replaced all references to RTSND with E100B) :


SubNetMask0=255 0 0 0
IPAddress0=0 0 0 0


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September 23, 2017 at 10:01:56
You want to avoid Netbeui. It is a very old protocol and has not been natively supported by Windows since about Windows 2000.

I had networking with DOS working about 15 years ago. If I remember correctly I had a lot of trouble.

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December 7, 2017 at 19:33:20
Wound up sending the computer back to the supplier. They connected it to their network and it worked fine.
Now I'm back in the same spot again on a different computer. Gotta figure out how to make the DOS box ping my WIn7 laptop. Should DisableDHCP=0 be set to "1" instead of "0"??

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December 26, 2017 at 16:22:39
Looks like setting the DisableDHCP=0 variable to "1" on the DOS computer and setting up a static IP address on the Windows machine did the trick.

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