I just installed a new PC with clean install of WinXP Pro with SP2, nothing else installed (AV, firewall etc)
I have a network for 3 Win98SE PC's and one Win2000 machine, all connected through a 5 port hub/switch using CAT5 cable. All the Win98/2000 PC's "talk" fine.
When I plugged the WinXP PC into the CAT5 cable (which works okay as an old laptop running Win98SE was previously using it and worked fine) it tries to assign an IP address for a few minutes, then I get the message that lots of other people seem to get after installing SP2 upgrade:
"Limited or no connectivity................"
None of the other PC's can "see" the WinXP machine either. I have the windows firewall disabled on the network connection. I have tried the Microsoft patch (KB884020), the reg hack:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
I have also tried running WinsockXPFix.exe.
I've uninstalled the network device (onboard) and removed and replaced "network services" from Windows Setup.
The only thing that almost worked(!) was that for some reason one of the Win98SE PC's had as IP address manually configured as 22.214.171.124 and Sub as 255.255.0.0 and gateway as 126.96.36.199, so I set the new WinXP PC to IP address 188.8.131.52 and the same other settings and it said it was connected but could not see or be seen on the network. So I put all PC's back to obtain IP automatically and got the same problem with the WinXP PC only.
All PC's have the network card set to use NetBEUI and TCP/IP protocols.
Any ideas? I've searched the net for hours and tried all solutions provided with no success. Next step will be to wipe the drive and start again clean and try again!