Problem with Windows 2000 share

I have a Windows 2000 pro sp4 machine. I have several shares defined on it.  I'm in a workgroup (this is just one of my local machines).  I cannot access any of the shares (from either another windows 2000 sp4 or XP sp2).  I can ping the computer by either name or IP.  The shares are setup to allow everyone full permission.  The share is on a drive partitioned with FAT32. I've tried it with both firewall (blackice) and anti-virus turned off (norton 2005).  The computer does show up in network neighbor hood.  I'm at a loss. Any ideas?

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Hi teiwaz,

do youhave user accounts for each user defined on all machines

also do youhave netbios enabled - for network neighbourhood issue
fatal_exceptions site for P2P troubleshooting....


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teiwazAuthor Commented:
i have users defined on each machine, they all have the same user name and password.

I'm taking a look at the article.
teiwazAuthor Commented:
I'm pretty sure netbios is enabled.  I can see the computer in network neighbourhood, but it denies me access if I try to access it.

I tried everything (or checked everything on the indicated page and no joy.

any other ideas?
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do the shares show up?
teiwazAuthor Commented:
Nope, it times out. Says the share is not available or I don't have permission.

Are there any tools that might help me snoop the problem more, i.e. get more info about exactly what is going on?
only thing i can think of is some kind of firewall isuue     no security programs installed at all
teiwazAuthor Commented:
I do have black ice (firewall) and norton on all of my machines.  Just like I had when it worked.  

The funny thing is, in trying about 8 million things, it starts working.  Settings are all as they were originally. sigh.  So I suppose this is done for now.  

Thanks for you assistance jay.
teiwazAuthor Commented:
I accepted the answer with the link to the networking site. It's a good site.  However, I have no idea why mine didn't work and now does. I don't have a lot of confidence that it will continue to work, but I will see.

wow   magic of windows ey

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