I have one desktop and one laptop (Dell Latitude X300), both running Windows XP Pro connected on Ethernet via a crossover cable.
They used to be able to see each other and exchange files, but not anymore (maybe after one of those regular Windows security downloaded upgrades).
When I click on “view workgroup computers” in “My network places” from the desktop now I get the message “Sgworkgroup 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 currently not available.”
When I do the same from the laptop, I can see both computers (the desktop and the laptop itself). When I click on the desktop I get a slightly different message: “\\Desktop 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 network path was not found.”
Both PCs belong to the same ‘workgroup’ (named “SGWORKGROUP”) and they can ‘ping’ each other.
- assigned and logged in with same username and password on both computers (with Administrator rights)
- shutdown both firewalls (ZoneAlarm)
- disabled simple file sharing
- disabled other networks:
o Both are connected to a Wifi wireless network (to a WiFi access point and then to an Internet gateway): I have tried disabling it on both computers
o The laptop has a Bluetooth card and a 1394 Firewire connection: both disabled
It seems to be a common problem (judging from a google search); but other solutions don’t seem to apply to me.
Can someone help?