Difficulty re-creating a wireless file sharing network

Posted on 2006-05-14
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I recently had a hard drive crash on my desktop and had to do a clean re-install.  Prior to the crash I had no trouble file sharing either wired or wireless through my router.  I have no problems with the internet connection, but I am having trouble getting my network up and running again.

I have 1 desktop connected through a wire to a Lynksys Wireless G gateway and a laptop that I"m trying to connect through a wireless connection. (the laptop is a work machine and also has novell on it).

I"ve run the network setup wizard and now I"m getting the message "xxxx is not accessible.  You might not have permission to use this network resoruce.  Contact the administrator of the server to find out if you have access permissions.  The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available".

I'm not sure what to do now & don't have much experience with networking so a simplistic answer would be helpful.

Question by:BLCSwimmer
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    Accepted Solution

    Do you have a firewall enabled on either computer?  I would try disabling those and see if it still happens.

    If that doesn't do it then the first steps would be.

    1.  Check to make sure computers are in the same workgroup
    2.  Check that you are logging on to Windows with the same username and password
    3.  Check that you have the file shared and the correct permissions

    Let me know if this works or if you need further assistance.

    Author Comment

    Ok, I disabled the firewall temporarily and it worked-  however, I'm hesitating because I was able to get it working last night without doing anything and then this morning I lost the connection again.  I reactivated the firewalls on both machines and they still appear to be communicating for now.

    in answer to your questions
    1 - yes they are - I called it Bhome
    2 - I have no login on the desktop (but I have made sure its an administrative account) on the laptop I do have a login, though this never seemed to matter in the past.
    3 - I have the correct file sharing and permissions.

    maybe I just have gremlins- My cable connection kept going out over the weekend & I didn't notice until after I posted this question.  I think I'll wait and see if it happens again though before closeing out this question.

    Author Comment

    My problem appears to be intermittent.  So far in the last 3 hours I've had a working connection on both computers, no connection at all, and now I have a one way connection (I can access the Desktop from the laptop but not the reverse).  I haven't changed any settings at all since my last post, just been checking occasionally.

    Going back to #3 - I know I have file sharing correct, but the error message I keep getting is asking about permissions - how do I check that these are set correctly


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