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Got two computers running XP Home connected via a Router/Switch.  Neither has ICF enabled on the LAN connection.  Both have NetBIOS over TCP/IP turned on and both have the Computer Browser service Started.  Both machines can Ping the other by IP and computer Name.  Both have folders shared.

Computer A can browse and see the shares on Computer B no problem.

Computer B can Map a share from Computer A, but cannot browse Computer A.  (It gets a "\\computerName is not accessible" error.)

Any ideas?

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Also, both computers have the same Workgroup.

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i've posted this in another article it could help , check it out
A) did you reconfigure your network ?
 1-right click My Network places
 2-properties
 3-in the left side click : setup home or small office network .
 4-follow the steps , its very simple , do this step for both pc's
 5-restart .

B) check the network , still cant see ?
if yes ; go to :
 1-start
 2-run
 3-type : cmd
 4-in the black screen type "ipconfig" ,with out the ""
 5-check the ip address from the result are they in the same range ? example : 192.168.0.x
 6-if no , try to obtain manual " static " ip address .

C) to obtain static ip :
 do the steps 1 , 2 from A)
 1-right click on "Local Area Connection"
 2-double click on " Internet Protocol (TCP / IP )"
 3-click on the radio button : use the following ip address
           first comupter :
                ip address : 192.168.0.1
                subnet mask : 255.255.255.0
                default gateway : 192.168.0.1

           second computer :
                ip address : 192.168.0.2
                subnet mask : 255.255.255.0
                default gateway : 192.168.0.1
after that it must work , other wise i will kill my self !

and yeah dont forget to pick the same " workgroup " as default its mshome .
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Well...unfortunately, the information presented so far isn't anything I hadn't already known or tried.  =(

I have also uninstalled and reinstalled Client for Microsoft Networks and File and Print Sharing on both machines with no success.

It drives me absolutely bonkers that on one Machine I can Map a Share directly but cannot Browse the other computer!   Grrrrrr.....

If nothing new is presented within the next couple of days then I will blast both machines and reinstall WinXP clean to see if that makes a difference.

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OK I,ll look some more tonite when I have more time. In the meantime, here's a website for Windows related anger management, ha. ha.
http://www.linux.org/
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Thank you for your input gentlemen.

I will most likely blast both machines and start them over fresh.

Thanx again,

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Does't sound like you had any luck.  
If you want to try one last ditch effort, I would
Turn every service on thats even closely network related on both computers except internet connection firewall.  Disable any other virus and firewall stuff temporarily.
Set the router as a dhcp server.
Uninstall the nic cards in both machines from the device manager, then let windows xp auto reinstall them.
Cut power to everything for two minutes.  Then bring it back online starting with the modem, then the router, the one machine at a time.
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Actually, I reread you post again.  You say B can map a share from A but not browse it, how are you mapping the share?  Is it through an feature from an application or are you able to actually right click on one of the folders in A? while using B.  When I map a drive to folder on another computer on a nonsecure network, I usually go the other computer and kick open the C:\ drive from it's properties box and then I can run around whereever I want to go.  You might try going to the C:\ drive property box in A and make sure it is shared.
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From Windows Explorer, I click on Tools --> Map Network Drive, then I type in the share like "\\computerName\shareName" and it connects and I can see the files and modify them correctly...I just can't browse to that same location like you do.

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Have you tried going onto the computer that you can't browse and sharing the C: drive through the properties page.  I would kick the whole drive wide open by sharing C: and then going to the other comp and going into network places or network neighborhood or mr rogers neighborhood or whatever ms is calling it this week.  When you map a drive, you usually create a virtual disk drive that when clicked, opens the target folder on the other machine.  That drive will only show up in my computer with a drive style icon.  When you share a folder as I describe here, you can go into network places and open up the entire network and each machine should be visible and clicking on that machine will open a page with the folders that are shared and clicking any one of those shared folders will produce its contents.  Similar to a mapped drive but different points of access.  Both should be available in tree view of explorer when correctly established.
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by the way i want to add one thing , if you used a static IP address you may not be able to share the connection.

and after obtaining the IP Automaticly dont forget to restart all the machines , hopefully it will work.
thanks .
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Thanks for the points Idle Mind, hope info helped.
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Idle Mind can you please go to run type : CMD
and type IPCONFIG /ALL
send me all the result (post it here) for both of the PC's
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I'll see if I can work on this problem sometime today.  The two systems in question are actually my neighbors computers.

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I thought problem was solved since points were awarded.  If not, you can get the points back in support.  Let me know if I can help.
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It hasn't been solved yet, but the information provided was good and my own searches didn't turn up anything much different, so I figured I would end up reinstalling things.

Points are not an issue as I am very active on EE and have unlimited points.

Thank you though.

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Sorry I couldn't be of more service, there seems to be ALOT of issues networking xp home.  I've found quite a bit in the past on it so if you want some xp home networking hits, just post and I'll do a quick look.  I thought since both were home and neither on a domain that it might not be a problem.  Since one is working though, it sounds kind of like a permissions thing.
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You might want to compare services and permissions between the two machines to look for differences.
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OK maybe not bingo-they are xp pro-I used "xp home" in search and assumed that's what I got-EE search seems kind of well, not very good.  I would still read it though, maybe hunt down stevenlewis, he's around here somewhere
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