i have been working with a 2003 server with 15 desktop computers running xp pro. all are working fine. i use a jetta laptop running xp pro less than two years old with all ms updates current. running ie 7. i had been able to acess network wirlessly on a thursday morning, but unable to access server that afternoon and have not been able to do so since. I can see all other computers other than the 2003 server in my network places. This is what i know or have done so far.
i can access internet - i can access other computers in workgroup - I attached to network thru cable and could not see server. i moved to a desktop location that was working to verify hookup but was still unable to see server. i can ping server ip address but cannot ping server name. I ran several diagnostic programs looking for solution. i have removed all anti- virus software (using norton)from laptop and turned the ms firewall off. i took the laptop to another location and was able to see and do all that i needed to. i have used the laptop in safe mode, command prompt, and last known good configuration to no avail. i removed all other computer access to server and attached just the laptop thru new switch and still i cannot see server. I set up the network back to it's original setup, shutdown everything and booted up no power (many times!) and tried again. All the computers work fine except the laptop. i went to server and tried to see the laptop. didn't work. could ping laptop ip from server but not laptop name. i have read everything i could find in the experts-exchange solutions on network path not found and tried many of the "fixes" and still no server access. i have entered static ip address and removed static ip address on laptop everything is dhcp (and was). i could some expert advice. thanks! mac