wireless notebook can see desktop but not connect to it

I have a notebook and desktop that are wireless (both managed by windows) and I can get to the notebook from the desktoput not vice versa. I have the accounts with the same name/password on each computer and shares enabled, etc. I can see the desktop but as soon as I click on it it'll give the "network not accessible, etc....." message. I've tried everything!!!
jsvobodaAsked:
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simonenticottConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ok, i wsn't expecting that ..

can you try pinging one machine to the other and then vice versa using IP addresses and post the results for those tests.

Also can you open a dos box and type the following couple of commands and post the results for each machine on here -

ipconfig /all
net start

maybe that'll give us a clue.

Simon,
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smiffy13Connect With a Mentor Commented:
does the desktop have a firewall installed? this may include some anti-virus programs like Nortons, if so this needs to be configured.
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DabRainConnect With a Mentor Commented:
What Windows are you using? Were you able to connect and it has stopped connecting??
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jsvobodaAuthor Commented:
Just got the laptop. But another laptop here used to connect ok. The desktop is using Norton Coporate 8. The only firewall is the wireless router. They are both Win XP.  
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Don't forget the windows xp firewall which is included from SP2 on. You can turn it on / off via control center.
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simonenticottCommented:

are you using MAC address filtering anywhere ?  you may need to add the new MAC address.

Simon,
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jsvobodaAuthor Commented:
Windows firewall is off. No MAC filtering is enabled in the router,
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rindiCommented:
What happens when you use "Search", then search for "Computers or People", and then use the other PCs IP address. Do you then see that ip Address, and can you select it? Do you then get a login window? Can you logon using the username and password on that PC? do you then see it's shared resources?

On your "Server", have you checked your eventlog for any messages you get when trying to connect via another PC? You might have to change the settings of eventviewer to log more info. You can change some of those settings directly inside eventlog, and others via group policy, here you have to check the "Auditing" settings.
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simonenticottCommented:

is the laptop close to the router ?  just to rule out a bad signal being an issue.

can you ping the desktop from your laptop ?  and vice versa ?

have you tried connecting the desktop to the laptop directly using adhoc mode ?

Simon.
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jsvobodaAuthor Commented:
Havent messed with ad-hoc mode. The two computers have an excellent connection. Nothing in the Eventlog. I can find the computer by name in "Search" but not by IP.
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simonenticottCommented:
it may be worth trying the adhoc mode, it could indicate if the problem is with the router or not, though make a note of any settings you change so you can put them back to what they were.

but before that -
what happens if you try to access the shares directly without browsing ?
for example
click start, run, type in -   \\machine_name\share_name
or if that doesn't work try  \\machine_IP_address\share_name

Simon,
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jsvobodaAuthor Commented:
same thing, network path not found.....
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jsvobodaAuthor Commented:
ok net start lists a bunch of stuff

ip config

192.168.0.12
255.255.255.0
192.168.0.1

192.168.0.1
68.111.16.30

the desktop is the same except the ip is 192.168.0.10

the node type on the laptop is "hybrid"

on the desktop its "unknown"

hmmm...................
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jsvobodaAuthor Commented:
Here is the deal. I fixed it. It was leftover dll's from an old ZoneAlarm UN-install. I had to manually find and delete these dll's per Zonelabs website. What fun!
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rindiCommented:
thanks
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simonenticottCommented:
glad its sorted,

simon.
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