My lan is one XP Pro (192.168.0.1) with ADSL shared connection and three W98 SE. All of these systems have shared folders.

The W98 systems and the XP have a good access to the shared resources. The problem is the W98 access to the XP shared folders. They can read the content but, when I click on one file, it takes about one minute to view the properties, very long also to transfer the file from the XP to a W98 (often impossible). And the network seems then to freeze on the W98 systems.
A general boot becomes necessary.

On the other hand, the shared internet connection remains ok, also a messaging program between the 4 systems: lantalk.

I verified the permissions on the XP system, they seem ok (everybody can read folders and read and execute files).

Thank you for your help.