We are having problems with a peer to peer network. It consists of three Windows XP home PC's (one a desktop and two laptops).
Never the fastest network it it now seems one of the laptops will no longer participate.
We now get the network message:
"PATH is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions.
The network path was not found."
This is what happens when you navigate to the laptops from Network Places and then choosing the workgroup name. Also the laptop itself cannot select other computers in the network (although they are listed in there as a name sometimes).
I have found that using IP addresses of PC's in the network one can see other PC and the PC's associated files. For example, if I type from the Run command, \\192.168.1.102 (the IP of broken non communicating laptop) we can see its files. vice versa also worked, on the bad laptop using IP addresses of other PC's, but not using names.
One concludes this is because of some problem converting names to IP addresses, but that has still not helped fix it.
Some things we have tried after looking through these pages:
*Disabled IEEE authentication which was enabled on bad laptop when checking
*CA anti virus package was installed. there is no firewall component with it so no need to disable.
*Disabled Windows firewall
* Rerun networking wizard, renamed workgroup on all PC's even. (all to the same new name).
* Checked windows/system32/etc/hosts files for unusual entries (no entries other then normal ones
*many, many reboots.
* pinging IP seems to be OK
* Uninstalled QOS service and then re-installed it again as made no difference (don't actually no what QOS is but tried anyway)
All to no avail, we are left with the same problem.
Please, please help!