Home Network Won't Work
Posted on 2003-11-14
I used to have a 98SE and an XP that were on a home network (the XP is wireless). It worked fine.
However, I've now added a second XP machine and the network doesn't work on any computer. I can still browse the Internet from any computer, but file sharing, VNC, etc. doesn't work. More specifically:
First XP Machine: Last I checked--it seems to change every time I do--Network Places shows this computer's shared documents folder (and under the new name). When I go to Workgroup Computers, it shows this computer's new name and the other XP's new name. However, I get an error when I try to open the folder for the other XP machine. When I do "net view" it shows all the computers that are on, but "net send" to a particular computer fails.
Second (New) XP Machine: In My Network Places, it shows the old name "Family01" of the first XP Machine (I changed it's name to "Family_01" and the workgroup on all computers to "Mshome2" just to see if it'd make a difference) and the old name of itself ("Ryan02"--now it's "Ryan_02"). When I click View Workgroup computers, it waits a while, then tells me that Mshome2 is not accessible. Also, when I do "net view" it tells me that the "list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available."
98SE Machine: (This computer was off when I added the 2nd XP machine and when I was messing around with them, but I've changed the workgroup to "Mshome2".) Network Neighborhood either gives me a neverending hourglass before it shows anything, or only gives me an "Entire Network" but gives me a neverending hourglass when I try to open that.
Any ideas as to what might be wrong and/or how I might troubleshoot this?