Can't change workgroup in W2K machine, or browse network
Posted on 2004-08-15
My network includes two XP pro machines, one network copier/printer (Ricoh 2035e), and a Windows 2000 machine. Everything works fine except the W2K machine.
I can't browse any of the other computers on the network; when I try, I get the error "Unable to browse the network. The network is not present or not started."
On the W2K machine:
I can't run the network wizard; it is grayed out.
I can't even change the workgroup name; it is grayed out.
It appears I can't share the attached printer (Brother 5140), but this is an artifact; I am able to print to this printer from the other machines, through the W2K machine.
I can ping all host names and IP addresses from the W2K machine.
I can see the W2K machine on the network from the other machines, and access the W2K machine files.
I just can't access any other computer's files from the W2K machine, or print to the network copier.
I have been round and round this problem for hours, uninstalling and reinstalling TCP/IP, disabling any firewalls, enabling shared files, etc. Nothing works, and no solution listed here seems to apply or work either.
I'm totally baffled. I'm not an IT expert; just a fairly knowledgeable lay person. Help.