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Here's my topography:

Dell PIII loaded with Linux Enterprise v4 Static IP (which I set up myself via the Network Configuration Menu)

This are my 'Statically set IP addresses' I set up on the Linux machine

Subnet Mask:
Default Gateway address:

D-Link Rounter IP
Dell P IV with XP Professional, Service Pack 2 IP

From the XP machine I can Ping the router ( and the Linux box (
From the Linux machine I can Ping the router but timeout when attempting to ping the XP Machine

My knowledge of networks is limited so please little works and lots of examples.
I'm quite anxious to get this up and running because I'm an Oracle DBA by trade and need to test a wack of stuff.
I think windows firewall blocks piings by default - so it probably isnt that the computers cant "see " each other - merely that the XP box wont let itself be pinged.

Im not 100% sure how to turn the firewall off though
I've disabled the canned XP firewall. It's easy to disable, open the Control Panel, the 'Windows Firewall' and click the 'off' radio button.

What is truely weird is the fact that I can't ping the XP own IP.

If I issue: ping -> XP IP

It times out
It's working now.

Even though I disable the Windows Firewall, I still had to check a box under the Exceptions tab that allows File and Print sharing.

Don't you just love MicroSoft!
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