Windows XP LAN

Posted on 2006-04-20
Last Modified: 2010-03-19

I am having some problems to get my LAN working on windows XP, look, I have two computers, one is a desktop and the other one a laptop, from my desktop I can access the workgroup and use the shared files from my laptop, but when I try to access the workgroup from my laptop, I get an error telling me the it cannot found the route, and it cannot access the workgroup. I already checked the workgroup name in both computers and it is the same.

My desktop is connected to a wireless router by an ethernet cable, and my laptop is using a wireless card, i don´t know if that matters or not.

Thanks for your help.
Question by:elohr_87
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    Hi elohr_87,

    can you ping each machine by name and IP and do you have matchin accounts on each machine and are you using pro or home?

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    Go into the network conection properties of both computer and check for 2 things
    File and Printer Sharing
    IPX/SPX Compatible Protocol

    If your Desktop is Using WinXP SP2 disable the Firewall by going into Start>Run>services.msc
    and in the list of services look for
    Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
    STOP and DISABLE for this test

    If you really need the firewall, go into Advance tab from the LAN card Properties and click on settings for Windows firewall and select to exclude the File and printer Sharing from firewall...

    I'm not going to ask you to ping the PC's coz u said already you have 1 sided sharing..

    Hope it helps.

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    Ucan also check the HOST file


    therse should be a entry of for localhost only.

    u can also add a manual entry of ur other Machine

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