The purpose of this section is to give general
on troubleshooting a TCP/IP Lan or Internet Connection
If you are having difficulty make a network connection
Try PINGing another computer.
This is to test if you have basic TCP/IP connectivity.
First use a computer's IP address. If you are connecting
to the Internet, try pinging the IP address of your DNS
The syntax is: PING IP_Address. An example would
be PING 220.127.116.11
If you do not get a reply, your network configuration, modem,
ethernet card, or cabling is probably at fault
Triple check all your network settings. You can run
WINIPCFG to get a graphic of your TCP/IP settings.
Make sure your Dial-Up Network settings are all correct.
It is easy to miss an item.
Make sure your modem can dial using another program such
If you have a network adapter, make sure that the adapter
is set up correctly and that Windows95 is using the same
configuration. Also make sure there are no conflicts with
other devices. You can check this through the Device
Also check to see if any link status lights on your
adapter are lit.
If you are on a local lan, see if you can use another
known working computer's network drop and cabling
Make sure your WINSOCK.DLL and WSOCK32.DLL are the
Windows95 versions and are only in the Windows and System
directories respectively. Other program scan write over
these or put their own versions on the hard drive.
If your PING works but you are having problems finding sites
on the Internet
Try PINGing a name rather than an IP address.
This will determine if your DNS entry is correct or
For example: PING www.microsoft.com
If you can't Ping a Computer Name
Check the DNS IP address in your Network or Dial-Up
If you are only using an ISP and not connected to a local
Lan, you only need a DNS entry in the Dial-Up Icon.
If you are on a Lan but cannot connect to any other devices
Make sure your WINS IP addresses are correct.
Try connecting to the computer using Start \ Run and
enter \\Servername where Servername is the name of
the server you want to connect to.
Add the Computer and it's IP address to the LMHOSTS file.
This is a straight text file that resides in the Windows
directory and has the format IP_AddressComputer_Name
Don't rely on the Network Neighborhood to always
show you a list of computers. Browsing is fairly
complicated issue and has a lot of places for failure. If
you need to have resources available, create shortcuts on
your desktop instead.