Changing the nature of my question. I fixed the problem by adding the IP address and server to the c:windowssystem32driversetchosts file. The only line in that file, besides the exclude lines was:
I understand the basics of what is going on, but still the question is, why did I have to do this and how can I fix it so that I should not have to do this? Additional info,
Windows XP Pro, SP2, all updates.