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pc sees laptop but can't acces - laptop doesn't see pc

My home network always worked until recently my tablet PC, which is wireless, can't access the network. It can ping the other computers on the network, but doesn't see them in workgroups.

on the other hand, the other computers on the network see the tablet, but can't access it.

i've checked to make sure firewalls are disabled, re-ran the network setup wizard, all protocals and file sharing settings are enabled, etc. i've been messing with this for 2 days straight and nothing.

all computers are windows XP Pro, tablet has WIN XP tablet edition.

no viruses and have ran adaware recently.
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
i should note that i can access the public internet
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gdplusmoreCommented:
Have you tried to enable guest account on the tablet ?
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
Thanks for pointing that out -- forgot about that. still no luck though
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kain21Commented:
Any error message when attempting to access the notebook from other workstations or is it just timing out?
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
error:

\\computername is not accesible. You may not have permission to access this network resource. Contact administrator . . .
Network path not found
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kain21Commented:
Have you attempted to ping the computername and make sure the name resolves to an ip address?
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
yes, all computers can ping each other find. this makes me feel like there is another firewall prohibiting the tablet to access network.
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kain21Commented:
this is a shot in the dark... try to do a repair on the network connection on the notebook...  (right click on the network connection and select repair)...  if that doesn't work... reset the tcp/ip stack and make sure it's not having a problem... (run "netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt" from a command prompt...
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kain21Commented:
one more question... is the tablet using dhcp? and if so... is the router issuing the dhcp?
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
no luck there
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
hmm. . . the tablet has dhcp enabled, but not sure about the router
router settings read:

Internet Port  

MAC Address  00:09:5b:23:00:3d  
IP Address  69.208.101.204  
DHCP  None  
IP Subnet Mask  None  
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kain21Commented:
hmm... well... since it's able to get an ip address from a dhcp server limited two way communication must be working to an extent... could be numerous problems... if you don't want to spend much more time on this you could try and do a repair installation of xp and it should clear up the problem wherever it is...
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
well its a corprate machine, and i don't have the install . . . FYI i'm not  doing this while logged into vpn. until recently i could access home network without a problem -- not too sure what changed.
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ViRoyCommented:

are any of the computers on a domain? if so, going across workgroup to domains for filesharing would require extra security policies. also, if the tablet is on a domain... when you try to access it, type in username@domain.com instead of just username.

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ViRoyCommented:

oh also if you install IPX/SPX on all computers you wont have the problem of computers not seeing each other when on different subnets.
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
no, its not on a domain. it so wierd that the all pcs can see the tablet, but get the error when trying to access. likewise, the tablet can only see itself, and doesn't pick up the others - as if it were on its own workgroup, but it's not. i'm sure it's a simple solution that is driving me crazy -- like a firewall, but there isn't one enabled.
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ViRoyCommented:

hmmmm, check the shares make sure atleast the $IPC shows
i take it they on a LAN and all in same workgroup then?
and permissions are set to everyone?
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
yup, all on the same LAN and $IPC is there along with the shared folders

how would i check to make sure permissions are set to everyone? its a simple shared setup
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ViRoyCommented:

right click on the share, go to sharing and click on permissions... not sure but it might depend on what ver of xp that its there
on the tablet try accessing its own share by just going to start->run and type in \\tabletname an see what comes up
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
of course!! I tried installing install IPX/SPX  on the tablet, which didn't do anythign, so i uninstalled and threw that idea out the window.

I went back and re-installed as you suggested -- this time on the pcs too and works perfect.

Thanks for all your help. Now i'm going to go throw this thing out the window. I'll split points with ViRoy and Karin21.
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
whoops . . . i thought you could split points here now??
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ViRoyCommented:
cool, i love ipx... so effecient
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ViRoyCommented:
doh... you have to choose it at the bottom instead of clicking on accept answer next to the comment
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
sorry karin21 :(
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dombrorjAuthor Commented:
well . .  this lead to another problem.
the ipx/spx conflicts with my vpn client. when i load vpn, i cannot browse the internet. it finds the site, but doesn't load -- kind of like as if the MTUs were too low.  is there another way around this?

the vpn has to have the following services/protocals installed:
deterministic network enhancer (service)
network monitor drive (protocal)
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kain21Commented:
Try using NetBeuei protocol and see if you have the same results.... it's a little more complex to install than ipx/spx so here's a microsoft article on it... http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;301041&sd=tech

no problem about the points
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