New update, have the problem solved. Took JR's approach and installed Mepis 8 (7.96 RC3) on the new machine and everything works as far as networking is concerned. (Takes a long time sometimes for the two Mepis systems to see each other after power up. These are home machines so I only use the desktop when I want to do something that takes some computing power.)
However, will have to look around on LQ as the Mepis 8 does not set the GForce 8500 to the correct resolution, so have a fuzzy display.
Thanks to all for the tips.
Thanks, JR, now I really feel bad! .... just kidding.
As an update, I now have the Mepis 7 able to read and write to the Mepis 6.5 and the XP, however neither the M6.5 or the XP can access the M7. (One problem was I had a typo in a workgroup name on the M7, that is when it started to talk to the M6.5 and XP.) Turned off the firewall and the M7, no change. Now wondering if reinstalling the Samba server on the M7 might be worth the effort. (The M6.5 and XP continue to talk to each other with no problems.)
Last edited by kentoddi; 02-27-2009 at 03:52 PM.
Reason: Problem solved