Windows Workgroup Network Connectivity...

Posted on 2004-09-30
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
Networking expert,
Well, my problem is just as frustrating!  Before I upgraded with Microsoft's Sp-2 OS upgrade had a perfectly good communicating network here in my office between my four machines.  After the Sp-2 installation destroyed my intranet connectivity I tried to rolled back with an uninstall of the upgrade but to no avail.  My OBS 2, Linux SUSE v9.1 is the only connection that successfully works with all of the other systems. Each system has its own proprietary IP and my connection to the Internet is ADSL. When I click on My Network Places I can see all of my shared drives on OBS2 and when I go to View The Workgroup I see all of my respective systems displayed.  When I double-click on any one of the workstations that I'm not on physically I get an error code stating that the computer that I clicked on is not accessible or may not have permission to use the network resource.  I checked all my wiring and physical connections twice over and I'm sure it's together because both in the Windows GUI and from console I can ping each computer from all other ones in the workgroup.  I have checked and rechecked that all of my firewalls are off both for software and hardware.  I am at a complete loss as to how to fix the problem! Would you be so kind as to shed some light in this direction towards a solution? And can you please instruct me on what I'm doing wrong to post my replies in the forum.  Thank you...
                 ADSL Router/Hub
                     |     |
                     |     |-----OBS1 / WinXP Pro
                     |     |
    Internet ----+    +---- OBS2 / Linux SUSE v9.1
                     |     |
                     |     |---- OBS3 / WinXP Pro (SP1)
                     |___|>>>>>>> OBSLAPTOP / WinXP Pro

                 WiFi/Access Pt.

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adamdrayer earned 250 total points
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Go into network and dial-up connections.
right-click the network connection and goto properties
on the advanced tab, check and se if "Protect my computer..." is checked.
Try unchecking it temporarily and test again.

This is a built-in windows firewall that comes with SP1 but SP2 turns it on by default.  Unistalling SP2, however, will not turn it off.

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Actually, this was the first thing that I had done on all my computers but unfortunately the problem is not solved.  As far as I can analyze all of my firewalls both hardware and software are off.  I am running Panda Antivirus (Titanium) for my antiviral program.  The machines can see each other on the network workgroup can pain each other as well.  I think the problem is in the permissions for something having to do with coats somewhere... I don't know I think I'm describing at straws!  Thank you for your help so much your effort is greatly appreciated.

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                     |      |
                     |      |-----OBS1 / WinXP Pro
                     |      |
    Internet ---+      +---- OBS2 / Linux SUSE v9.1
                     |      |
                     |      |---- OBS3 / WinXP Pro (SP1)
                     |___ |
                     |___|>>>>>>> OBSLAPTOP / WinXP Pro

                 WiFi/Access Pt.

Thank you for your reply and assistance.  Just to update you on my efforts each system now has its own unique name

even though all use the same password.  I have gotten to the point where when I click on the "View The Workgroup" I see all of my respective systems display as before but now I get the following activity...

OBS1            has access to      OBS1            OBS4      Linux
OBS3            has access to       OBS1      OBS3      OBS4      Linux
OBS4            has access to      OBS1            OBS4      Linux
OBSLaptop       has access to      OBS1            OBS4      Linux

I know my answer is in here somewhere so can you suggest a way to make them all talk and understand each other?   Thank you…

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ID: 12366433
any luck with my problem???

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ID: 12506584
I actually fixed this problem myself by going thru every machine running the WinXP OS and turning off the Guest user access.  Thank you all  for your kind help and suggestions!  - peace -

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