I have three computers called Dellboy (XP home), Dellgirl (XP home), and Dell-lt (Windows 2000) on a HPNA home phone network
using a BT HG1800 hub connected to Dellboy (the HG1800 is a rebadged 2wire product). I can access the internet from all the m
achines. I can access files and printers on Dellgirl from Dellboy and Dell-lt. I can access files and printers on Dell-lt from Dellboy
and Dellgirl. However, try as I may I cannot access files and printers on Dellboy from either Dellgirl or Dell-lt. I cannot ping Dellboy
from either Dellgirl or Dell-lt, I get a "timed out" message as if they are not switched on. When I look in MSHOME (the workgroup
name for all three) from say Dellgirl, I see Dellboy and Dell-lt and can access Dell-lt but get the "\\Dellboy is not accessible ... no
permissions ... network path not found" message that is the title of this question.
Using previous similar solutions I've removed Norton Anti-Virus - and discovered that I can avoid the MSHOME inaccessible
message. However, despite there being no firewalls on Dellboy that I know of (well the MS one is disabled on all 3 machines,
and I've removed Norton from Dellboy, the only machine it was on...and assumed this disables the Norton firewall?), I still
get the message.
What more do I need to do to access Dellboy? Is there another firewall around that I'm falling foul of - is there any way to
find out what firewalls are "up"? The firewall on the hub is "up" and is effective I think (I hope) - allowing me the luxury
of deleting firewalls on the computers - but is this safe?
Other info: Most users are administrators. guest is enabled on Dellboy. No user has a password. The names are an allusion to
the UK comedy sitcom "Only fools and horses" where the hero is "Dellboy"; girl and laptop are natural names for other
Dells ... sad I know ...