Did this - It was set to started on the Systemax so I stopped it - made no difference can see the WWW cant see each other
Please go to control panel > Admin tools>services look under windows firewall/internet connection sharing.
Is it started or stoped If started click on it once to highlight and right click and stop
I then stopped it on the Dell - can see the WWW cant see each other and now the Dell cant see itself - the Systemax never can see itself
Yes I can
Can you ping each machine ?
Yes you are right
Am I right to assume that since deleting the network card and reinstalling you have not forced a static IP and it picked it's own up from DHCP
I bought the Systemax with Win 98SE the HD was formatted and Win 2000 Pro installed it was formatted again and Win XP Pro installed after install I had the malware problems already referred to.
Is the systemax an upgrade from 98 or a clean install?
Looks like we have almost come to the end of the road on this one - they say what you never had you never miss !!