I have several computers participating in a distributed computing project. The DC program is set to connect to the project server every so often to issue progress reports, and also when it's first loaded or when it completes an assignment. Last night, I noticed that the program had slowed down enormously. Closing the program and relaunching it didn't help. So I shut the laptop down and restarted it. At that point I noticed the next thing -- the logon screen that I had set with a password to join my home network did not appear as Win98 was loading.
Today, I discovered that my Win98SE laptop could no longer access the Internet; every place I tried via IE6 got a DNS Error. And the DC program isn't able to communicate with the project server. Powering down and restarting hasn't helped this or the lack of the logon screen.
The only thing that's new in my network is that, a couple of weeks ago, I purchased a Windows 7 (yes!) Lenovo laptop, set it up, and connected it to the network. In recent days, I'd noticed that ZoneAlarm on the 98SE laptop was issuing an enormous number of notices about the new laptop trying to access it. At one point it stopped counting at the maximum value, 500, but it seemed to keep working normally after that.
Now I'm no longer getting those notices from ZA, but I can't access the Internet.
The two events (new laptop + this problem) could be totally unrelated, but as this is the only change I've made to the network lately, I have to wonder.
Any ideas as to what may be going on, or what I can do?? What could cause the logon screen to stop showing up? Device Manager doesn't report anything wrong. I'm running ZA version 6.1.744.001 (the last one that worked on Windows 98).
Edited by JorgeA, 18 February 2013 - 07:51 PM.