xp home workgroup - unable to ping

Posted on 2004-10-31
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I'm trying to set up a home workgroup on two computers with XP home installed and I am unable to ping either computer (using IP addresses listed by an ipconfig /all statement).  They are connected using a Linksys firewall router (with the firewall disabled).  (Both computers can ping the router).

Both computers have...
-"HOME" as the workgroup name
-NETBIOS over TCP/IP enabled
-Client for Microsoft Neworks installed
-File & printer sharing enabled
-Windows firewall disabled (no other firewalls running as far as I can tell)

They both can access the internet no problem but I just can't seem to find each other.
From the ipconfig /all statement, I noticed that 1 computer has "IP routing enabled" and the other one doesn't. (Not sure if that is helpful info).



Question by:RobertGama
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    Accepted Solution

    Try these

    a)  try this
    go to start --> run and type in
     NOTEPAD %windir%\system32\drivers\etc\lmhosts

    Notepad should open and will ask you if you want to create a new LMHOSTS file if it is not there.
    Say "yes" and create one

    in that give the IP address and computer names of all the computers involved

    ip address of C1         computer name of C1
    ip address of C2         computer name of C2

    Save the file. Give a DOT (.) at the end of file name and after saving make sure it is saved as
    LMHOSTS and not LMHOSTS.txt

    Now copy this file to the same location in all the machines.
    now restart all the computers and check if that would help

    More info on LMHOSTS :;en-us;314884

    b) Create an username same in both XP machines and give them same password and have them as administrators.
    Login to that account on both machines and see if that helps

    LVL 1

    Assisted Solution

    can you do a search through windows to see if you can find the computer name instead of the IP address?
    LVL 49

    Expert Comment

    Can you tell us if my suggestions helped and exactly what helped

    Author Comment

    I found out that one of the PC's could not install additional protocol on the NIC.  This PC was having other problems as well.  I took the drastic step of reformatting both machines.  Everything is working great now.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    LVL 49

    Expert Comment

    Thanks , Rob

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