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Problem sharing files on wireless network

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Cable modem connected directly to Linksys wireless access point.

Desktop (XP Pro SP2)
Connected directly (via Ethernet cable) to Linksys wireless access point.

IP Address: 192.168.1.100
Subnet: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Workgroup: TEST

Laptop A (XP Home SP2)
Wireless Linksys USB Network Adapter
Good signal strength and can surf the net
Can browse shares of Laptop B, but not Desktop

IP Address: 192.168.1.101
Subnet: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Workgroup: TEST

Laptop B (XP Home SP2)
Wireless Linksys USB Network Adapter
Good signal strength and can surf the net
Can browse shares of Laptop A, but not Desktop

IP Address: 192.168.1.102
Subnet: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Workgroup: TEST

The main problem is that the desktop that is directly connected to the access point can't "see" the other two nodes under "My Network Places".  The two wireless nodes can see the desktop, but can't browse the shares.  The error message is something like "\\Desktop is not accessible" when you actually click on the "Desktop" node under "My Network Places" on both laptops.  The two laptops can browse each other's shares just fine.  The only thing that stands out is the desktop is using XP Pro and the laptops have XP Home.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Maybe a Windows XP firewall is turned on?  As a test, check and make sure they are turned off on all PCs.  This doc explainds how:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/internet/sp2_wfsettings.mspx

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