Registry Parameter Value Illegal error message (Browser) W2K

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.registry,microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

I've been experiencing a problem with a W2K-SP4 machine, dual PIIIs', 2GB
RAM, Matrox G450, SCSI-160M (2-72GB HDDs). Machine is in a peer-to-peer network
(Gigabite and wireless) with a WinME machine (Ethernet) and XP-MEC laptop
(wireless). I am the only user on all three and have Administrator privledges
on all. All share a Cable Modem Internet Connection, behind a hardware
firewall.

In my Event Log, I get the following error:

"The value for the parameter DirectHostBinding to the browser service was
illegal." (Browser)

The only references to DirectHostBinding settings, that I can find on Web, or
MS Knowledgebase, only cover settings through NT4, (plus various early Windows
versions). The "Bindings" settings in the Control Panel > Networking section,
are totally different between NT4 & W2K. I cannot find any "Bindings" settings
at all, and no reference is made to W2K anywhere.

My questions:

What SHOULD the DirectHostBinding parameter value be (Browser)? Where are the
Bindings settings in W2K. On MS Knowledgebase, strong suggestions against
changing the Registry keys are made. However, I cannot find the proper location
to change this/these function(s).

I've run several Registry utilities, and none has found any errors. I don't
mind working on the Registry, but would really like a place to start. Any
thoughts, solutions, ideas?

TIA,
Hunt

PS, if this is not the right/appropriate NG, I apologize. Please direct me. I
have posted to ms.public.win2000.general, but have not recieved any answer.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.registry,microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    In microsoft.public.win2000.registry Hunt wrote:

    > I've been experiencing a problem with a W2K-SP4 machine, dual
    > PIIIs', 2GB RAM, Matrox G450, SCSI-160M (2-72GB HDDs). Machine
    > is in a peer-to-peer network (Gigabite and wireless) with a
    > WinME machine (Ethernet) and XP-MEC laptop (wireless). I am the
    > only user on all three and have Administrator privledges on all.
    > All share a Cable Modem Internet Connection, behind a hardware
    > firewall.
    >
    > In my Event Log, I get the following error:
    >
    > "The value for the parameter DirectHostBinding to the browser
    > service was illegal." (Browser)
    >
    > The only references to DirectHostBinding settings, that I can
    > find on Web, or MS Knowledgebase, only cover settings through

    Did you locate that string in your Current Control Set anywhere?
    Or anywhere in HKLM at all?

    > NT4, (plus various early Windows versions). The "Bindings"
    > settings in the Control Panel > Networking section, are totally
    > different between NT4 & W2K. I cannot find any "Bindings"
    > settings at all, and no reference is made to W2K anywhere.
    >
    > My questions:
    >
    > What SHOULD the DirectHostBinding parameter value be (Browser)?
    > Where are the Bindings settings in W2K. On MS Knowledgebase,
    > strong suggestions against changing the Registry keys are made.
    > However, I cannot find the proper location to change this/these
    > function(s).

    AFAIK "DirectHostBinding " does not apply to and is "illegal" in NT
    5.x Windows.

    I did see mention of this associated with W2K SP4 + SP4 Rollup 1
    somewhere in a Google result. Possibly related? Did you install
    the Rollup 1 (version 1 or 2)?

    When did this problem start? What was done just prior to the
    onset?

    > I've run several Registry utilities, and none has found any
    > errors. I don't mind working on the Registry, but would really

    No registry utility can possible know about all illegal entries.
    Aside from the impossibility of it, the database would be truly
    huge. :)

    > like a place to start. Any thoughts, solutions, ideas?

    First, I will disclaim any certain knowledge of this problem. I
    believe I'd first try to locate "DirectHostBinding" in the CCS area
    of the registry.

    I might suspect enough to research the wireless connection setup.
    Especially if it included separate setup software that might have
    "messed up" during installation/setup. This assumes that you have
    a "binding error" of some sort connected with network adapters and
    related. Again, when did the problem start and after you did what?

    I might also consider deleting all the Network Connection entries,
    reboot and re-creating them. (long shot until more is known)

    I would also like to assume that there is no malware of any kind on
    the system. That of course must be eliminated first should any
    exist.

    If you set the Computer Browser Service to Disabled what is the
    result?

    All just some guesses and FWIW...

    > PS, if this is not the right/appropriate NG, I apologize. Please
    > direct me. I have posted to ms.public.win2000.general, but have
    > not recieved any answer.

    This group is okay, but a networking group may be better suited (if
    my guesses are even close).
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.registry,microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    In article <Xns96D752A7DF9ECz9zzaQ2btw@msnews.microsoft.com>, notvalid@nul.
    invalid says...
    >
    >In microsoft.public.win2000.registry Hunt wrote:
    >
    >> I've been experiencing a problem with a W2K-SP4 machine, dual
    >> PIIIs', 2GB RAM, Matrox G450, SCSI-160M (2-72GB HDDs). Machine
    >> is in a peer-to-peer network (Gigabite and wireless) with a
    >> WinME machine (Ethernet) and XP-MEC laptop (wireless). I am the
    >> only user on all three and have Administrator privledges on all.
    >> All share a Cable Modem Internet Connection, behind a hardware
    >> firewall.
    >>
    >> In my Event Log, I get the following error:
    >>
    >> "The value for the parameter DirectHostBinding to the browser
    >> service was illegal." (Browser)
    >>
    >> The only references to DirectHostBinding settings, that I can
    >> find on Web, or MS Knowledgebase, only cover settings through
    >
    >Did you locate that string in your Current Control Set anywhere?
    >Or anywhere in HKLM at all?
    >
    >> NT4, (plus various early Windows versions). The "Bindings"
    >> settings in the Control Panel > Networking section, are totally
    >> different between NT4 & W2K. I cannot find any "Bindings"
    >> settings at all, and no reference is made to W2K anywhere.
    >>
    >> My questions:
    >>
    >> What SHOULD the DirectHostBinding parameter value be (Browser)?
    >> Where are the Bindings settings in W2K. On MS Knowledgebase,
    >> strong suggestions against changing the Registry keys are made.
    >> However, I cannot find the proper location to change this/these
    >> function(s).
    >
    >AFAIK "DirectHostBinding " does not apply to and is "illegal" in NT
    >5.x Windows.
    >
    >I did see mention of this associated with W2K SP4 + SP4 Rollup 1
    >somewhere in a Google result. Possibly related? Did you install
    >the Rollup 1 (version 1 or 2)?
    >
    >When did this problem start? What was done just prior to the
    >onset?
    >
    >> I've run several Registry utilities, and none has found any
    >> errors. I don't mind working on the Registry, but would really
    >
    >No registry utility can possible know about all illegal entries.
    >Aside from the impossibility of it, the database would be truly
    >huge. :)
    >
    >> like a place to start. Any thoughts, solutions, ideas?
    >
    >First, I will disclaim any certain knowledge of this problem. I
    >believe I'd first try to locate "DirectHostBinding" in the CCS area
    >of the registry.
    >
    >I might suspect enough to research the wireless connection setup.
    >Especially if it included separate setup software that might have
    >"messed up" during installation/setup. This assumes that you have
    >a "binding error" of some sort connected with network adapters and
    >related. Again, when did the problem start and after you did what?
    >
    >I might also consider deleting all the Network Connection entries,
    >reboot and re-creating them. (long shot until more is known)
    >
    >I would also like to assume that there is no malware of any kind on
    >the system. That of course must be eliminated first should any
    >exist.
    >
    >If you set the Computer Browser Service to Disabled what is the
    >result?
    >
    >All just some guesses and FWIW...
    >
    >> PS, if this is not the right/appropriate NG, I apologize. Please
    >> direct me. I have posted to ms.public.win2000.general, but have
    >> not recieved any answer.
    >
    >This group is okay, but a networking group may be better suited (if
    >my guesses are even close).

    Thank you for the thoughts.

    SP-4 was installed when released by MS, and IIRC was not part of a Rollup
    update. From a physical standpoint, I have not experienced any problems, that
    I could detect, other than a occasional hang with Windows Explorer (not IE).
    This machine has a Gigabite NIC only, no wireless. There is wireless on the
    network, but neither this, nor my WinME machine are directly on it.

    The "problem" came to my attention, when I did a review of my Event Log. It
    has been going on for quite some time, and, AFSIK, without causing anything,
    that I can associate with the error message.

    The only references that I can track down on any MS Forum is noted as being
    specifically for SP-1 & SP-2 "ONLY" [Caps mine]. Their suggestion is similar
    to yours, to delete TCP/IP, and do a re-install. I have not done this yet, but
    will keep it as a backup plan. Suggestion was to "bookmark" Network
    Connections with NetBUI, or similar. I already have NetBUI installed for a few
    programs, that require it, so I should be able to do a "re-install" of TCP/IP,
    hoping that the proper parameters will automatically be set.

    I did find references to manually setting the Parameter Values, but was for
    NT4 only, and the dialog screens do not come up in Win2K.

    I X-Posted to one W2K "networking" NG's, and may re-post, but with different
    phrasing to my question, as I'm not sure that I was clear enough, plus I have
    also found a bit new concerning the situation, just nothing that applies
    directly to W2K-SP4.

    Again, thank you for your thoughts and direction,
    Hunt
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.registry,microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    In microsoft.public.win2000.registry Hunt wrote:

    > In article <Xns96D752A7DF9ECz9zzaQ2btw@msnews.microsoft.com>,
    > notvalid@nul. invalid says...
    >>
    >>In microsoft.public.win2000.registry Hunt wrote:
    >>
    >>> I've been experiencing a problem with a W2K-SP4 machine, dual
    >>> PIIIs', 2GB RAM, Matrox G450, SCSI-160M (2-72GB HDDs). Machine
    >>> is in a peer-to-peer network (Gigabite and wireless) with a
    >>> WinME machine (Ethernet) and XP-MEC laptop (wireless). I am
    >>> the only user on all three and have Administrator privledges
    >>> on all. All share a Cable Modem Internet Connection, behind a
    >>> hardware firewall.
    >>>
    >>> In my Event Log, I get the following error:
    >>>
    >>> "The value for the parameter DirectHostBinding to the browser
    >>> service was illegal." (Browser)
    >>>
    >>> The only references to DirectHostBinding settings, that I can
    >>> find on Web, or MS Knowledgebase, only cover settings through
    >>
    >>Did you locate that string in your Current Control Set anywhere?
    >> Or anywhere in HKLM at all?
    >>
    >>> NT4, (plus various early Windows versions). The "Bindings"
    >>> settings in the Control Panel > Networking section, are
    >>> totally different between NT4 & W2K. I cannot find any
    >>> "Bindings" settings at all, and no reference is made to W2K
    >>> anywhere.
    >>>
    >>> My questions:
    >>>
    >>> What SHOULD the DirectHostBinding parameter value be
    >>> (Browser)? Where are the Bindings settings in W2K. On MS
    >>> Knowledgebase, strong suggestions against changing the
    >>> Registry keys are made. However, I cannot find the proper
    >>> location to change this/these function(s).
    >>
    >>AFAIK "DirectHostBinding " does not apply to and is "illegal" in
    >>NT 5.x Windows.
    >>
    >>I did see mention of this associated with W2K SP4 + SP4 Rollup 1
    >>somewhere in a Google result. Possibly related? Did you
    >>install the Rollup 1 (version 1 or 2)?
    >>
    >>When did this problem start? What was done just prior to the
    >>onset?
    >>
    >>> I've run several Registry utilities, and none has found any
    >>> errors. I don't mind working on the Registry, but would really
    >>
    >>No registry utility can possible know about all illegal entries.
    >> Aside from the impossibility of it, the database would be truly
    >>huge. :)
    >>
    >>> like a place to start. Any thoughts, solutions, ideas?
    >>
    >>First, I will disclaim any certain knowledge of this problem. I
    >>believe I'd first try to locate "DirectHostBinding" in the CCS
    >>area of the registry.
    >>
    >>I might suspect enough to research the wireless connection
    >>setup. Especially if it included separate setup software that
    >>might have "messed up" during installation/setup. This assumes
    >>that you have a "binding error" of some sort connected with
    >>network adapters and related. Again, when did the problem start
    >>and after you did what?
    >>
    >>I might also consider deleting all the Network Connection
    >>entries, reboot and re-creating them. (long shot until more is
    >>known)
    >>
    >>I would also like to assume that there is no malware of any kind
    >>on the system. That of course must be eliminated first should
    >>any exist.
    >>
    >>If you set the Computer Browser Service to Disabled what is the
    >>result?
    >>
    >>All just some guesses and FWIW...
    >>
    >>> PS, if this is not the right/appropriate NG, I apologize.
    >>> Please direct me. I have posted to ms.public.win2000.general,
    >>> but have not recieved any answer.
    >>
    >>This group is okay, but a networking group may be better suited
    >>(if my guesses are even close).
    >
    > Thank you for the thoughts.
    >
    > SP-4 was installed when released by MS, and IIRC was not part of
    > a Rollup update. From a physical standpoint, I have not
    > experienced any problems, that I could detect, other than a
    > occasional hang with Windows Explorer (not IE). This machine has
    > a Gigabite NIC only, no wireless. There is wireless on the
    > network, but neither this, nor my WinME machine are directly on
    > it.
    >
    > The "problem" came to my attention, when I did a review of my
    > Event Log. It has been going on for quite some time, and, AFSIK,
    > without causing anything, that I can associate with the error
    > message.
    >
    > The only references that I can track down on any MS Forum is
    > noted as being specifically for SP-1 & SP-2 "ONLY" [Caps mine].
    > Their suggestion is similar to yours, to delete TCP/IP, and do a
    > re-install. I have not done this yet, but will keep it as a

    Actually I intended to mean rebuilding the "Local Area Connection"
    connectoid in "Network and Dial-up connections" and not re-
    installation of the TCP/IP suite.

    > backup plan. Suggestion was to "bookmark" Network Connections
    > with NetBUI, or similar. I already have NetBUI installed for a
    > few programs, that require it, so I should be able to do a
    > "re-install" of TCP/IP, hoping that the proper parameters will
    > automatically be set.
    >
    > I did find references to manually setting the Parameter Values,
    > but was for NT4 only, and the dialog screens do not come up in
    > Win2K.
    >
    > I X-Posted to one W2K "networking" NG's, and may re-post, but
    > with different phrasing to my question, as I'm not sure that I
    > was clear enough, plus I have also found a bit new concerning
    > the situation, just nothing that applies directly to W2K-SP4.
    >
    > Again, thank you for your thoughts and direction,
    > Hunt

    Just ideas... ;)

    But you did not say if you located the string
    DirectHostBinding
    in the registry. If present, it should not be, in my best
    understanding for NT5.x
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.registry,microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    In article <Xns96D7EDBEB746z9zzaQ2btw@msnews.microsoft.com>, notvalid@nul.
    invalid says...
    >
    >In microsoft.public.win2000.registry Hunt wrote:
    >
    >> In article <Xns96D752A7DF9ECz9zzaQ2btw@msnews.microsoft.com>,
    >> notvalid@nul. invalid says...
    >>>
    >>>In microsoft.public.win2000.registry Hunt wrote:
    [SNIP]
    >
    >Just ideas... ;)
    >
    >But you did not say if you located the string
    > DirectHostBinding
    >in the registry. If present, it should not be, in my best
    >understanding for NT5.x

    Again, thanks Mark,

    Yes, DirectHostBinding's registry (W2k/NT5) lists "False" as the Paremeter
    Value. I've hesitated to just change it to "True," or to delete the string
    altogher, though. I'll report what it is, when I try the fix, recommended for
    SP-1 & SP-2 ONLY, on my SP-4 OS.

    Appreciated,
    Hunt
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.registry,microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    In microsoft.public.win2000.registry Hunt wrote:

    > In article <Xns96D7EDBEB746z9zzaQ2btw@msnews.microsoft.com>,
    > notvalid@nul. invalid says...
    >>
    >>In microsoft.public.win2000.registry Hunt wrote:
    >>
    >>> In article <Xns96D752A7DF9ECz9zzaQ2btw@msnews.microsoft.com>,
    >>> notvalid@nul. invalid says...
    >>>>
    >>>>In microsoft.public.win2000.registry Hunt wrote:
    > [SNIP]
    >>
    >>Just ideas... ;)
    >>
    >>But you did not say if you located the string
    >> DirectHostBinding
    >>in the registry. If present, it should not be, in my best
    >>understanding for NT5.x
    >
    > Again, thanks Mark,
    >
    > Yes, DirectHostBinding's registry (W2k/NT5) lists "False" as the
    > Paremeter Value. I've hesitated to just change it to "True," or
    > to delete the string altogher, though. I'll report what it is,
    > when I try the fix, recommended for SP-1 & SP-2 ONLY, on my SP-4
    > OS.

    Clearly you want an Export and a Full Registry Backup in advance.
    Please show us the FQ reg Path.
    I would then delete the valuename (FWIW).
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