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XP small wireless network w/ file and print sharing

Posted on 2006-06-02
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Last Modified: 2013-11-16
I have a small network consist of one desktop plugged directly into Lynksys router and two wireless routers, all on XP Home and doing file and print sharing.  Everything was working fine for about two years and then stopped three days ago.  I didn't  do any upgrades or new installs.  The two laptops can no longer access the desktop "access denied" at all ,let alone printing.  I think It has to do with the permissions on the desktop. I check the policy setting and they were not altered and all three machines has blank password and logs directly to the desktop.  I can access documents on the wireless laptop but the laptops can't access the desktop.  any thoughts?
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MessHallMan earned 250 total points
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Can you still ping the desktop from either of the laptops?
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Any changes to the desktop?  Any firewall software running?

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can you access to the internet from the laptops or one another ?

and as MessHallMan noted chk if you can ping your desktop comp from the laptops

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Try disabling the Windows Firewall (or any other 3rd party firewall ie: Norton Internet Security, ZoneAlarm, etc) and verify if you can access the shared desktop resources. If you can have access, you may to fine tune tune the firewall settings.

from the laptops, can you check if you can have access to the desktop C: drive (by clicking START, RUN and type \\"desktop IP address"\C$ (without quotes)) and if it will list the desktop C: drive files and folders. It may ask you for a username and password.

Good luck.

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All three machines can ping each other and access the internet with no problem.
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So, what was the problem?

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