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XP can't set up MShome network

Posted on 2003-02-28
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Last Modified: 2011-04-14
Have XP on Desk and Laptop.  Run network wizard on desk but get no results(i.e. home network is not established). Laptop set up for MShome OK. Network places on desktop has no entries.  Have cable router, works fine on both for internet, but can't network the two computers.  Have looked at all settings but am stumped.
Question by:Exasperated

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Simonv earned 200 total points
ID: 8046976
Hi Exasperated

Are you looking for TCP/IP settongs is this what you mean? if so you will need to make some configuration to windows. In WinXP open Network Connections. Right click your network card and choose properties. Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and choose properties. Select Use The Following IP Address and put in an IP address of and the subnet mask of (this should come up automatically for WinXP). Leave both DNS blank. Select OK and then OK again. Do the same on the other computer but give this 1 an IP address of

Test that this has worked by pinging the oposite computers IP address from command prompt type ping this will thell you if a connection has been made.

Change the workgroups so that they match and try and view the computers through My Network Places. If you cant see them try searching for the computer name by pressing the search button on the toolbar while in My network places.

Let me know how you get on!  :o)

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ID: 8047841
Thanks Simonv.  Pinged both computers each way..worked fine.  Compared TCP/IP settings in both for LAN card.  Noted desktop computer settings for WINS tab was different in that NETBIOS setting on desktop was to Enable..changed to Disable (Use NETBIOS setting from DHCP server).  I can now see the other computer in both Laptop and Desktop...even printed a doc on shared printer.  Networking now is working...don't know if fix was to simply ping to wake up connection or the setting change for the NETBIOS.  At any rate, thanks for your response and help.  Now have to work on synchronizing briefcase on each..which was the purpose of the whole exercise.  Thanks again.

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