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Old September 30th, 2010, 02:08 AM
IanM2 IanM2 is offline
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Help needed!! File sharing but no internet access on Win98SE

Yay! I am amazed to find a forum for win98 that is still active!!

I am having a problem with home networking that someone may be able to help me with. I have an old P200 Dell desktop with dual boot Win98SE and WinXP (SP3). I have this computer networked on a crossover ethernet cable to a newer P4 Titan running WinXP (SP3).

File sharing is no problem and works well between the newer P4 system and both systems on the older P200 system. I have the P4 system set up as "PC1", the XP system on the older P200 as "PC2", and the 98SE system on there as "PC3".

However when I set up the internet connections for these I ran into problems. I can only get browser access on the XP system on the older computer through the network.

But as for 98SE, the internet is just not working. No matter what setting I have tried it will not work. I have tried running the ICU wizard many times, but this seems broken and does nothing. I am possibly missing some very simple step or perhaps something is wrong in my settings in Explorer 6. It seems that sharing needs to be enabled but I cannot understand how to do this and the ICU wizard is not very helpful. In fact it makes little sense to me.

I am running Explorer 8 on the new computer and on the XP system on the old P200, but am only running Explorer 6 on the 98SE system. Could this be the cause of the problem?

If anyone can help I would be very grateful.


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Old October 3rd, 2010, 10:03 PM
ecross ecross is offline
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Hello Ian,

Did you enable ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) on the XP system that is connected to the Internet? If you haven't already, you can either run the Network Setup Wizard or do a manual configuration. You only need to enable ICS on one computer, the one that is going to act as the ICS server.

Keep in mind that in order for the client, or your other computer to get its Internet connection, the computer acting as the ICS server must be turn on.

If you haven't already, please see:


Then on your other machine you can follow these steps:

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Old October 4th, 2010, 12:36 PM
IanM2 IanM2 is offline
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Thank you. Your advice was very helpful. I now have it working.
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