RE: Vista networked with XP directly...problems
I'm sorry you're experiencing trouble. The problem may be with DHCP. Both
Vista and XP will default to using DHCP on a NIC for IP address, and it will
take some time before the addresses revert to the auto-IP addresses, which is
necessary (on both machines) for the two to talk. Vista may be quicker to
switch to the auto-IP address after that when the link is dropped on the NIC
(XP box rebooting), but the XP box may still be taking some time to fall back
to the auto-IP address.
To test this, hardcode the IP addy on the machines, and see if that
eliminatesthe problem. Configure one machine with 192.168.1.10 and the other
with 192.168.1.11 (both with a 255.255.255.0 network mask). To make it even
faster, put the entry in each machine's hosts and lmhosts file (static
entries to map names to IP addresses).
Please post back with findings.
> I have Vista Ultimate connected directly with XP because I want to keep my
> network running at a gigabit rather than plugging into my switch which is 100
> Base T. I can get everything working between the two computers, but once I
> shut down the XP computer Vista automatically reverts the settings for direct
> connection with my XP machine and every time I turn the XP maching back on I
> must turn on network discovery again which is becoming a huge headache.
> Is there a way to have Vista remember these changes and stop dumping my
> setting everytime the XP computer is shut-off?