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wireless connection lost due to 'master browser'


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cathalcom

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I get this error message in system log event viewer:

The browser has forced an election on network \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{ABD8222F-0727-48BA-AA33-8EB35273F3AB} because a master browser was stopped.

it happens randomly, about every 10-15 minutes.

microsoft tells me it's because:

Explanation
The network must have a master browser.


it's extremely annoying :)

there is no help page on specific to this problem on microsoft. any ideas?!

many thanks...
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Hi cathalcom and welcome to Geeks2Go!

The master browser is called the "Computer Browser" in Windows XP and it runs as a service. The service should be set to "Automatic". It's possibly been disabled or set to manual inadvertently, either of which could account for the problem. Many XP users alter the default services settings to stop non-essential ones from wasting resources, but sometimes they get it wrong and stop a vital service from running. It's even possible a badly-behaved Windows 'tuning' utility may have done it.

Go to Start->Run & type services.msc then press [Enter].

Look down the list of services till you see Computer Browser

Double-click that entry.

Change 'Startup Type' to 'Automatic', then click the 'Start' button within that same Properties box, to start the service.

Now click 'OK' to save the changes.

Hopefully this will fix your problem, and that service will start automatically in future.

Edited by pip22, 08 March 2008 - 02:56 PM.

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Hi - thanks pip22!

I checked and the service was already set to automatic. I also changed the setting 'what to do if this service stops' from 'nothing' to 'restart service'. I just did that now... but it continues to cut out.

Any other ideas?

thanks so much - cathal

Edited by cathalcom, 08 March 2008 - 03:34 PM.

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so the last suggestion didn't work. any other geeks up to the challenge?!

still, about every 10 minutes, my connection cuts out, with the error message:

The browser has forced an election on network \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{ABD8222F-0727-48BA-AA33-8EB35273F3AB} because a master browser was stopped.

help!!
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