Computers are not seeing each other on the network

I have two computers, One running xp home, and the other win me. Both computers have network adapters installed (PCI Ethernet adapter) and I have installed and setup the home network settings on both computers from my win xp cd. Both computers indicate that the network has been set up succesfully.

I am using a CAT5 UTP crossover cable to connect both computers. And so far both computers have indicated that a connection has been established. They even share the internet succesfully.

The problem is that when i open my network places and attempt to open the workgroup i get the following error message:

 "Workgroup is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.

The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available".

Both computers have different names, same workgroup name. All drives/folders on both compuers have been set to shared with no passwords.

The search/find computer option in windows doesn't find the computers either. Why can't I browse each computer from the other?
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mkandreAsked:
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Adrian DobrotaConnect With a Mentor Networking EngineerCommented:
XP has it's own firewall too. Is it disabled? Anyway, i understand you disabled sharing and netbios blocking for NPF. Try completely disabling it temporarlyand as I said, check for windows's ICF to be disabled.
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DabasCommented:
Hi mkandre,
Check your network settings and make sure that you are only using TCP/IP as a protocol
I have experienced similar problems with computers that had a Netware protocol installed on top of TCP/IP

Dabas
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mkandreAuthor Commented:
TCP/IP is the only protocol set up for the connection
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DabasCommented:
mkandre,
what are the IP numbers of the two computers?

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mkandreAuthor Commented:
Another thing I don't see an icon in the system tray notification area indicating a LAN connection is active, on the system running ME. However when I connect to the internet on the one running XP then an internet gateway icon appears on the ME system tray area.
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SouljaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Make sure Netbios over TCP/IP is enable. To do so go to your TCP/IP properties, click advanced, and under the "WINS" tab you will see at the bottom to enable it.
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SouljaCommented:
You can also try installing Client for Microsoft Networks on both pc's and logging into it for each computer. That may help.
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mkandreAuthor Commented:
The IP address of the two comps are:

the one running XP - 192.168.0.1 subnet mask - 225.225.225.0

the one running ME - 192.168.0.2 subnet mask - 225.225.225.0
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mkandreAuthor Commented:
Netbios over TCP/IP is enabled
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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
  What about firewalls? They can mess things badly.
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SouljaCommented:
Why are you using 225.225.225.0 subnet mask instead of 255.255.255.0 for the pc's.
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mkandreAuthor Commented:
The IP addresses/subnet mask were were atomatically assigned by windows

I am running nortons personal firewall, but I doubt that it is the problem. Now I can see the xp system on the ME network explorer, but can't access it. The XP system doesn't even show itself on the network. It just says that the Workgroup cannot be accessed.
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DabasCommented:
Soulja:
You have good eyes!

mkandre:
It should be 255.255.255.0
Please change. This might fix your problem

Dabas
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mkandreAuthor Commented:
Well as it turns out, norton PF had file sharing, and netbios block, and i have now enabled them. Now I can see the XP computer in its own Network explorer, but i cant see the other. What esle could be wrong
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DabasCommented:
mkandre:

On XP go Start->Run and enter \\192.168.0.2\

Have you corrected the subnet masks yet?

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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
Told you .... :-)
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mkandreAuthor Commented:
I disable all of nortons network monitoring services, since it my personal network, but left it blocking internet intrusions. It's working just fine now, the network is running smoothly as it should be. Thank you!
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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
you're welcome.
mkande, if your problem is solved, in order to close the Q you should accept the answer that helped you most. (click on the green button next to the name of the one that provided the answer that helped) and award a grade
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Adrian DobrotaNetworking EngineerCommented:
or you can split the points among answerers that you consider deserving them .
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mkandreAuthor Commented:
By the way, The problem had nothing to do with the subnet mask.:-)
just so you know. and for anyone else who views this question.
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DabasCommented:
kronostm:
Well done and points well deserved!


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