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C:\>ping localhost

Pinging Vextor [] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 2, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms
F:\>ping localhost
Ping request could not find host localhost. Please check the name and try again.
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What results do you get if you try to ping another machine? – John Gardeniers Mar 1 '11 at 7:48
same results ... same results with nslookup aswell – n1zero Mar 1 '11 at 16:18
What about browsing to different drive letters besides F:, such as a CDRom or flash drive? – KJ-SRS Mar 1 '11 at 20:13
all drive letters do not work except for C:\ .. i have a usb drive attached an another large drive attached – n1zero Mar 1 '11 at 21:12
up vote 2 down vote accepted

For all your windows networking woes, try

netsh winsock reset

and reboot

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it worked thanks – n1zero Mar 1 '11 at 22:18

There's a first for everything :-)

Are you sure you are running the same ping (check your path environment variables also) and can you list the contents of F:\? I.e. is the F: partition online/accessible?

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how do you check if the f: partition is online accessible ? I did check the location of ping.exe -- it is running the same ping... and it is running from c:\windows\system32 ... i even tried to run c:\windows\system32\ping.exe from the f:\ – n1zero Mar 1 '11 at 21:13
So you can get a dir from F:\ and copy & run files on it? – DutchUncle Mar 1 '11 at 22:27

Never seen anything like this, and I'm totally unable to reproduce it anywhere.

The only plausible reason I can see would be if you have an executable file called ping (ping.exe, ping.bat, ping.vbs...) on your F: drive, and that gets called instead of the standard system ping utility. Other than that, I have no clue at all...

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yes it is very strange. my other machines work fine ... just this particular server doesnt like dns on different drive letters. I've tried rebooting disconnecting drives and still do not work – n1zero Mar 1 '11 at 21:15

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