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Network strangely stops functioning correctly

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I have a home network that has been working perfectly for well over one year. Suddenly, it has stopped working properly and I don't have a clue why.

Here is the network:
1. Computer 1 with XP Home.
2. Computer 2 with Linux with Samba.

About two weeks ago, I added temporarily another Computer 3 with XP Home.

The two XP systems could share files with each other, and the Samba server was visible from both.

The problem: yesterday, Computer 1 can no longer see the Samba server. Also, it gives an error when trying to access the Workgroup (that is, click "Entire Network", click "Microsoft Windows Network", click "Workgroup"--gives "Workgoup is not accessible. You might not have permission ..." error message).

However, computer 3 can still see the Samba server, and computer 1 and 3 can still see each other. In addition, Computer 1 can still ping the Samba server on Computer 2.

Because of these last results, it is proven that networking is working, and the Samba server is still configured properly because Computer 3 can access it.

Any ideas on how to recover the ability to access the Workgroup and the Samba server from Computer 1?
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