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troubleshooting Question

Cannot access computer on Windows workgroup

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I have a problem which is similar to, but not exactly like on that has been discussed in this forum before.  I have tried everything in the other forums, and still have the problem:

I have a Windows network with several laptops, a desktop, and a Mac.  All are connected to a Linksys broadband router.  The desktop cannot see any of the other computers in the workgroup, although it has internet access and can access the router.  All the other computers can see the desktop, but cannot access it.  When they try, they get a message that says " 'x' is not available. You might not have permission to use this network resource.  Contact an adminstrator...'

The desktop can successfully ping itself and all the other computers in the workgroup.  The laptops can ping each other, but not the desktop.

Using net share from one of the laptops, I can see into the desktop files.

The laptops are using xp home edition or professional.  The desktop is using xp prof.  I have tried this with Windows firewall on and off, with no change.  I have guest accounts on all machines.  The only thing I know to do at this point is reinstall Windows on the desktop, but I really don't want to do that.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


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