NetBIOS Listen Does Not Work If Calling Name Is Set to Anything Other Than "*"

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If a NetBIOS program is written to listen on any names other than "*", the attempt to listen on the name does not work and returns code NRC_SYSTEM (64) - "A System error occurred."


This problem occurs because of a check by Netbt.sys that assumes that the buffer holding the NetBIOS name is in user-mode memory. However, if a named server is specified by using the NetBIOS emulator, the buffer is actually allocated in kernel memory and the NetBIOS listen call does not succeed.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date        Time    Version        Size    File name
   07/26/2000  04:58p  5.00.2195.2103 142,800 Netbt.sys


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.


For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes


Article ID: 267912 - Last Review: October 20, 2013 - Revision: 3.3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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