OK, so after a day of fiddling about with settings, rebooting, reading webpages, installing hardware and tearing out my hair I believe I now have my 98SE/Vista network working at its limit.
Unfortunately not everything works as you would expect. Probably because Vista has not been designed to support 98SE (fair enough, Microsoft themselves stopped supporting it about 2 years ago).
For clarity, the network is a Netgear WPN824 router, with the 98SE desktop wired to it through a Netgear FA311 ethernet card, and the Vista laptop connecting wirelessly. The 98SE desktop has two printers connected to it by USB.
– Vista PC can access shared files on 98SE PC
– Vista PC can use shared printers on 98SE PC (but must use tweak detailed in my earlier blog post to avoid an error)
What doesn’t work?
– 98SE PC cannot access shared files on the Vista PC (despite trying all the suggested identical user logins and registry edits)
Basically I have been forced to just use the 98SE PC as a printer server and as storage for old files. Not as an equal.