Win95 problem

John Sutton john at
Tue Feb 17 10:13:04 GMT 1998

>>I have two Win95 clients which differ in their Network config only in
>>that one has an
>>ethercard which connects via an ISDN router to the Internet.  It also has
>>a modem and
>>the Dialup Adapter so I can connect using the modem if the ISDN service
>>is down.  I'll
>>call this first the "networked" client.  The second is a "standalone"
>>machine which
>>has only the Dialup Adapter i.e. has a modem connection to the Internet.
>>When I boot the "networked" client, it throws up a dialogue and asks that
>>I logon to
>>the network.  This I do (simply by pressing Enter as I have set an empty
>>although I've never really understood what this means - it can only mean
>>that it is
>>validating the password against a local file as no network activity
>>occurs!  If I then
>>attempt to log a network drive (I have a Web server on the Internet
>>running Samba) it
>>works fine.  And this is true even if the ISDN line is down, except of
>>course that I
>>have to establish a modem connection first.
>>When I boot the "standalone" client, it does _not_ throw up the "logon to the
>>network" dialogue.  And so, when I attempt to log a network drive on the
>>Samba server
>>(having first established a modem connection of course), it refuses
>>immediately and
>>tells me that I am "not logged on"!
>>So my problem is: How do you make a "standalone" client "log on to the
>>network"?  I
>>should also point out that the client which works (the "networked"
>>client) was
>>formerly a Win3.1 machine which was subsequently "upgraded" to Win95
>>whereas the
>>"standalone" client started life (such as it is :-) as Win95.  So I'm
>>wondering if
>>what I'm trying to do, and which was very easily set up under 3.1, is not
>>with 95?

>In the Network settings in the Control panel there is a section where you
>select Windows login, network client etc. That's obviously different in
>the two.

Sadly not...  The two both have Client for Microsoft Networks as primary
logon and both are set up identically.  I've used the poledit tool on the
95 cdrom to verify that the network config is identical.  As I said before,
the only difference I can detect is in the histories of the two systems.
So in one of them there is loads of stuff in win.ini and system.ini which
doesn't exist in the other....

Does anyone have a "standalone" system (i.e. modem only) with which you can
successfully mount Samba shares over the Internet?  And if so, does it
insist that you "logon to the network" when you boot it?


John Sutton
SCL Computer Services
Tel +44 (0) 1239 621021

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