Win XP Home won't allow me to view My Network Places

Posted on 2004-10-26
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I'm running a two box p2p network. Win XP box hardwired to Netgear wireless Broadband router. (DSL) Win ME box on wireless nic card. Both boxes have exellent internet access. Not using ICS, no need. Win ME box can see itself in Network Places. Win XP can see work group but denies access to me any further. (Not authorized, see Admin ...) My user is Admin level. XP machine cannot see itself or ME box in Network Places. Workgroup name is common on both boxes. Computer name is different on each box. Tried Network Wizard floppy to set ME box, no help. what now? I'm assigning high points to this question due to urgency.Thanks
Question by:jrtech1
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    Hi jrtech1,
    which service pack have you installed on wxp?? if it is service pack 2, it is possible, that the windows firewall, which is new
    in sp2 blocks the access!!!
    you can try this, if you disable the firewall:
    control panel -> windows firewall -> disable

    good luck

    Author Comment

    Hi mero,
    I should have included these items in original question. XP box is new Dell. Has SP2 preinstalled and I did turn off firewall. Thanks for the fast response tho.
    Best Regards
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    Expert Comment

    Can you ping each box from the other?  ME/98 to XP can be a pain networking together. Make sure F&P sharing is on both.  Try tip no1 and any related.  

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    Could u post the ipconfig /all results for both machines?
    Just  go to start –run type ipconfig /all  
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    A couple of additional points

    Ensure each computer has client for MS networks installed under Network properties.

    Ensure file sharing is enabled under network properties.

    Right click the folders you want to share and assign them a share name.

    could you ping the computer from one to each other (ping (where is the IP-Adress of the destination computer).

    also This behavior may occur if both the following conditions are true:
     NetBIOS over TCP/IP is not turned on (enabled) on one or more computers in the   workgroup.
    The Computer Browser service is not started or is turned off on one or more computers in the workgroup.

    To resolve this issue, make sure that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is turned on and the Computer Browser service is running on each computer in the workgroup. To do this, follow these steps.
    Step 1: Turn on NetBIOS over TCP/IP
    1.     Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections.
    2.     Click Network Connections.
    3.     Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.
    4.     Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
    5.     Click the General tab, and then click Advanced.
    6.     Click the WINS tab.
    7.     Under NetBIOS setting, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times.
    8.     Click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.
    9.     Close the Network Connections window.

    Step 2: Start the Computer Browser service
    1.     Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.
    2.     Double-click Services and Applications.
    3.     Double-click Services.
    4.     In the right pane, right-click Computer Browser, and then click Start.
    5.     Close the Computer Management window.

    The Computer Browser service maintains an updated list of computers on the network, and it supplies this list to computers that are designated as browsers. If this service is stopped, the list is neither updated nor maintained. If this service is turned off, any services that explicitly depend on it do not start.

    Author Comment

    Hi Guys,
    Well,I had already tried all the suggestions that you guys posted but thanks for the great input. Being a tech myself, I usually have a clue and all these things are part of my standard troubleshooting procedure. I did eventually discover the problem for anyone who is interested. The Windows XP DNS server files were corrupt as installed from Dell. I confirmed this with Dell after I discovered that the XP box could'nt ping itself but I could ping the nic loopback. I did a reinstall of XP and everything plays great now. Thanks for the interest and suggestions and I hope that I get this kind of response if I have to use the forum again.

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