So what am I missing?
I have 2 x XP Pro boxes fully patched with onboard lan connected to a linksys gateway router for broadband. The router provides the lan addresses via DHCP.
Box 1 - "mine" and box 2 "hers" are both in the "home" workgroup and are both in the same address range with the same subnet mask. Windows firewall enablesd on both with SAV Corporate AV on both.
Both boxes happily connect to the internet and can print to a usb printer via a lindy autoswitch..
The system drive (c:) and a data drive (d:) on both boxes are shared and file & printer sharing is enabled on both. ICS not enabled.
"mine" can ping "hers" and can see c: & d: on "hers" via mappings that were made some while ago. On "mine" I can still map any folder on "hers" either by machine name or ip address. "mine" can ping the router.
My Network Places>Entire Network>Microsoft Windows Network on "mine" brings up the "home" workgroup, but clicking that only shows "mine" not "hers".
On "hers" I cannot ping "mine" and cannot see c: & d: on "mine" and cannot map any shares either by machine name or ip address. "hers" can ping the router.
The "home" workgroup on hers shows both "mine" and "hers" but cannot access "mine", getting the usual "not found on the network" error. Obtaining the workgroup listing is very slow.
I have tried searching for and setting all permissions to allow full access to everybody but still cannot get the 2 boxes to fully communicate
As far as I know the 2 nics are configured the same.
Don't know where to go from here, but it's driving me mad.