windows 98 m/c ping to ip address of red hat server but fails to ping hostname
I am facing a problem will connecting to red hat linux , i have assign and local ip for the server 192.168.4.1 & hostname as precise.nasik.com
I have a network which have m/c of multiple windows os e.g win95/98 /xp /2000. I have modified the host file on all the os and added the ip address and hostname in it , i havent enable dns on any machine.
now for the problem ....
i can ping the red hat server through all windows os
i can ping for the hostname only through windows XP
WIN 95/98/2000 DOES NOT PING WHEN I TYPE HOSTNAME precise.
as my application oracle need domain name to be typed in IE to get the access , my windows 95 /98 machine should ping by hostname
the error message i get is also different on different system with same OS.
on max windows 98 machines i get error as unknown host ,
in one machine i get reply but thro, the same machines ip .i.e. if i ping precise from 192.168.4.142 . i get reply successfully but not from 192.168.4.1 but from 192.168.4.142.
i tried applying all the patches of windows 98 available on microsoft site , i also upgraded the IE to 6 but in vain ,
I personally think , the problem is between red hat server and windows 95/98 . windows 98 is unable to resolve the name of the linux server .
Also i cant down the server , and my graphics screen is in hang mode . so i have to try everthing in dos mode ,
as i am not facing any problem with XP i think allthe settings on server are ok , but that something which xp has and windows 98 doesn't , which , Enable XP to resolve the Linux Server name is missing , i finding that link ,
sorry for being too descriptive but that allows to all to understand my problem clearly .
Thankx in advance