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Can no longer ping my laptop

I can't ping my laptop IP address or machine name any longer.  No matter where I try to ping it from, it just times out.  I can ping everywhere on the network from this laptop, and have access to everything as before, so I know I'm connected to the network.  Is it possible that ping was turned off inadvertently?  If so, how to turn it back on?

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Hi maharlika,

In your laptop , go to command prompt and do this

ping www.google.com

post the results.

Also do ping the IP address of your laptop and post the results

maharlikaAuthor Commented:
Z:\>ping www.google.com

Pinging www.google.akadns.net [] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time=64ms TTL=234
Reply from bytes=32 time=62ms TTL=234
Reply from bytes=32 time=60ms TTL=234
Reply from bytes=32 time=63ms TTL=234

Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 60ms, Maximum = 64ms, Average = 62ms

pinging the laptop ip address from another pc just gives "request timed out"
pinging it from the laptop itself gives reply "bytes=32 time <1ms TTL=128"
Did u update it recently? Probably XP SP2 (in case this is an XP machine) - it installs a Firewall together with SP2 , which blocks all incoming ICMP.

I would suggest to turn it off (the internal firewall). It can be done from Security Center in Control Panel.
maharlikaAuthor Commented:
Yes, that was it!  I don't understand why it was turned on now, as I have had SP2 on for several weeks with no problem.  Anyway, that resolved the problem.


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