Frustrated and No Help - Cannot ping netbios name or localhost

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by To Old To . . ., May 17, 2007.

  1. OK.
    8 hours later and $69 down the drain and no answers.
    Cannot ping netbios name or localhost.

    No tools like netdiag for Vista.

    All Services are running. Winsock and tcp/ip have been repaired. Permissions
    have been checked. I have compared this computer with another and all the
    services are running. Were do I go from here. Very frustrated. 4 days and
    still no answers.
    I can ping the internet, but not a friendly name. @#$%^& Vista. Microsoft
    was no help and they wrote this. I am a Network Administrator and have done
    this for years. I have many hours of training and certs.
    So what am I and everyone missing here. I am getting to old for this probably.
     
    To Old To . . ., May 17, 2007
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  2. If turn off all firewall and security software can you ping it by IP?

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    OK.
    8 hours later and $69 down the drain and no answers.
    Cannot ping netbios name or localhost.

    No tools like netdiag for Vista.

    All Services are running. Winsock and tcp/ip have been repaired. Permissions
    have been checked. I have compared this computer with another and all the
    services are running. Were do I go from here. Very frustrated. 4 days and
    still no answers.
    I can ping the internet, but not a friendly name. @#$%^& Vista. Microsoft
    was no help and they wrote this. I am a Network Administrator and have done
    this for years. I have many hours of training and certs.
    So what am I and everyone missing here. I am getting to old for this probably.
     
    Robert L [MVP - Networking], May 17, 2007
    #2
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  3. I can ping 4.2.2.2 with no problem. I just can't ping any friendly name. i.e.
    yahoo.com localhost, or the computers NetBios Name, etc. I do a repair, Vista
    says it is ok? But, I don't have the internet. A Red X appears and it tells
    me that I have local access only.

    Thanks for replying
     
    To Old To . . ., May 17, 2007
    #3
  4. To Old To . . .

    PTravel Guest

    I've been having similar problems. I've found a number of partial cures. I
    don't know whether I've finally managed to fix the problem permanently. Try
    this:

    1. Programs that install context menus can interfere with networking. Why?
    I don't know. I used a program called ShellExView (free download), which
    gave an easy interface for disabling context menu additions. I disabled
    most everything that wasn't a Microsoft program. This helped, but wasn't a
    full cure.

    2. I had tried Sphinx firewall. It appeared to interfere with wireless
    networking. I removed it. However, either it didn't uninstall entirely or
    it was partially recovered when I did a restore. I discovered this when
    Security Center gave a "don't run two firewalls at once" warning. I
    re-installed Sphinx, then uninstalled it, removed all traces from the
    registry with RegSupremePro and manually deleted its directory from
    Programs.

    3. I deleted all residual files of programs I've uninstalled from Programs.

    4. I used RegSupremePro to remove all registry entries for uninstalled
    programs.

    5. I examined Processes carefully and made sure nothing was running that
    shouldn't be.

    6. I disabled IPv6 on the network adapter that was giving me the problem (a
    wireless adapter).

    7. I edited RegEdit to disable the Broadcast flag (Microsoft has
    directions).

    Since I did all of this, I find that I'm not having "local access only"
    internet issues (right now, I've only access to networks via the wireless
    adapter -- I don't know whether the wired adapters were effected). I also
    find that my internet access is much, much faster. Hopefully, I've fixed
    whatever was troubling Vista (probably a combination of factors).

    I have an OEM installation of Vista Business, so I couldn't call Microsoft
    support. Sony support ran me through endless cycles of flushing the DNS
    cache, re-installing the adapter, and all sorts of other obvious stuff, none
    of which worked. A lot of what I tried above (and that, unlike Sony's
    suggestions, appeared to work) were culled from several hours of internet
    searching. Apparently, this Vista problem is relatively common.

    Good luck.
     
    PTravel, May 17, 2007
    #4
  5. Thank you for the input. This is a good way to troubleshoot. This how to may help,

    How to run Windows OS with a clean ...How to run Windows OS with a clean boot ... when you cannot determine the cause of the issue, you may run Windows Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Network. ...
    http://www.chicagotech.net/netforums/viewtopic.php?t=57


    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com

    I've been having similar problems. I've found a number of partial cures. I
    don't know whether I've finally managed to fix the problem permanently. Try
    this:

    1. Programs that install context menus can interfere with networking. Why?
    I don't know. I used a program called ShellExView (free download), which
    gave an easy interface for disabling context menu additions. I disabled
    most everything that wasn't a Microsoft program. This helped, but wasn't a
    full cure.

    2. I had tried Sphinx firewall. It appeared to interfere with wireless
    networking. I removed it. However, either it didn't uninstall entirely or
    it was partially recovered when I did a restore. I discovered this when
    Security Center gave a "don't run two firewalls at once" warning. I
    re-installed Sphinx, then uninstalled it, removed all traces from the
    registry with RegSupremePro and manually deleted its directory from
    Programs.

    3. I deleted all residual files of programs I've uninstalled from Programs.

    4. I used RegSupremePro to remove all registry entries for uninstalled
    programs.

    5. I examined Processes carefully and made sure nothing was running that
    shouldn't be.

    6. I disabled IPv6 on the network adapter that was giving me the problem (a
    wireless adapter).

    7. I edited RegEdit to disable the Broadcast flag (Microsoft has
    directions).

    Since I did all of this, I find that I'm not having "local access only"
    internet issues (right now, I've only access to networks via the wireless
    adapter -- I don't know whether the wired adapters were effected). I also
    find that my internet access is much, much faster. Hopefully, I've fixed
    whatever was troubling Vista (probably a combination of factors).

    I have an OEM installation of Vista Business, so I couldn't call Microsoft
    support. Sony support ran me through endless cycles of flushing the DNS
    cache, re-installing the adapter, and all sorts of other obvious stuff, none
    of which worked. A lot of what I tried above (and that, unlike Sony's
    suggestions, appeared to work) were culled from several hours of internet
    searching. Apparently, this Vista problem is relatively common.

    Good luck.
     
    Robert L [MVP - Networking], May 17, 2007
    #5
  6. Well, with microsoft support, we did a repair install, etc and no help.

    net config server

    server name \\MYPC
    server is active on
    it show the correct adapter interface
    server hidden no

    net config worksatation

    computer name \\MYPC
    Full computer name MYPC
    workstation active on
    show the correct adapter interface
    workstation domain workgroup
    logon domain MYPC

    nbtstat -n

    MYPC unique registered
    workgroup group registered


    so with this I should be able to ping MYPC or localhost
     
    To Old To . . ., May 17, 2007
    #6
  7. Still have the problem and I am looking for some ideas.

    Still cannot ping localhost. I know it has to be a Vista DNS Client problem,
    but not sure how to fix it.
     
    To Old To . . ., May 20, 2007
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