XP Pro not viewable in Network Places?


 1. All other computers on network can see the XP Pro laptop, but cannot connect, error:

                  "\\laptop1 is not accessable. The network path was not found."

 2. XP Pro laptop is not visible in it's own My Network Places, nor are any other computers

 3. 'View Workgroup Computers' error: "MSHOME is not accessable. The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available."

 [XP Pro Setup:]
 A. Enable Netbois over TCP/IP" is selected
 B. Computer Browser service is running.
 C. Workgroup name is same on all computers.
 D. XP Pro Servce Pack 3
 E. Simple File Sharing is disabled


 
pointemanAsked:
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sliiconmanCommented:
Is the workstation service running? Do you see any errors with that in the event log?

If not try to look for WKSSVC.DLL in C:\windows\system32 .

If that is not running or will not start try to register it by going to the Start button --> Run --> regsvr32 wkssvc.dll

If that doesnt work ger thhe CD and run sfc /scannow instead or regsvr32
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burmzorzCommented:
is the server service running on the machine?
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sliiconmanCommented:
Oh and to Keep it Simple - Is the Firewall on? If so disable it and see if that works. It is in the control panel.
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pointemanAuthor Commented:
1. Is the workstation service running?  (Yes)
2. Do you see any errors with that in the event log? (No)
3. Is the server service running on the machine? (Yes)
4. Is the Firewall on? (No)
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burmzorzCommented:
anything special in the security options for the local security policy?
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sliiconmanCommented:
Are you able to ping the IP addresses of the other nodes?
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nchristieCommented:
A) Confirm the Access this computer from the network Local Policy contains the user group the current user belongs to.

B) Confirm the Deny access this computer from the network Local Policy does not contain the user group the current user belongs to.

1) Start Menu > Run > gpedit.msc
2) Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > User Rights Management
3) Confirm the Security Setting contains your user group (or does not in the case of B)

Also, if you're running ZoneAlarm on either computer, you'll likely need to setup a trusted zone for your internal IP range.

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pointemanAuthor Commented:
5. Anything special in the security options for the local security policy?
    (Access this computer from the network:    Everyone, Administrator's, etc....)
    (Deny access to this computer from the network:     -none-)
6. Are you able to ping the IP addresses of the other nodes?   (Yes, all computers ping one another successfully)
 Also, error using NET VIEW at DOS prompt: The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available
 
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pointemanAuthor Commented:
Also, NET VIEW from other computers does show the laptops correct computer name: LAPTOP1
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burmzorzCommented:
did you ensure that the windows firewall/ics is turned off in the services?
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burmzorzCommented:
sometimes you have it turned off with the gui but it doesn't disable the service.
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pointemanAuthor Commented:
7. Did you ensure that the windows firewall/ics is turned off in the services?
    (It was still 'Started', now disabled, reboot and still NO changes)
Also: Ran Winsock Fix 2.1 (Still NO changes)
Note: nbtstat -A 192.168.1.4 returns remote computer's complete Name Table
 
 
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midnight51Commented:
Try removing Service Pack 3
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burmzorzCommented:
are all of the machines the same?
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pointemanAuthor Commented:
8. Try removing Service Pack 3. (I tried before and after sp3, NO changes)
9. Are all of the machines the same? (Laptop XP Pro,  2 - XP Pro twr's, 1 - 2003 Srv - no AD, 1 - 2000 Srv - no AD)

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pointemanAuthor Commented:
I really appreciate everyone's suggestion, but I eventually had to reinstall XP Pro. Now everything works correctly.
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