Unable to connect to file shares or view workgroup computers

Posted on 2009-04-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
Okay, I'm kinda stumped.   I've got 2 computers, CompA and CompB.   CompA is brand new.   Both are running Windows XP Pro w/ SP 3.  
Both have Windows Firewall turned off.  
Both are running Symantec EndPoint Protection (but I did try disabling it).  
Both are in the same workgroup.  
Both have NetBIOS over TCP - Enabled.
Both computers can ping each other by name and by IP Address.
Both computers have Easy File Sharing - Turned OFF.

The problem:  CompB can view file shares on CompA just fine.  But CompA cannot view any file shares on CompB at all.   In fact:
CompA cannot open:  \\CompB
CompA cannot open:  \\CompB's IP Address
CompA cannot even open: \\localhost
However, CompA CAN open:  \\CompA  (and CompB can open \\CompA)
CompA cannot even view network computers.   When I try to browse, I get this error:
"Workgroup is not accessible.  You might not have permission to use this network resource.  Please contact your system administrator.
The Network Path Is Not Found."

I've been up and down Google and the Microsoft Support site.   I've tried different registry hacks.   I can't seem to get CompA to view any file shares.  

Any idea what's going on?
Question by:Justin Goo
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    Have you created EXACTLY the same username/password in both computers? If not, give it a try.
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    Also, since you have already disabled Simply File Sharing, you could try mapping the C: drive from CompB on CompA as admin:

    At CompA type in the command line:
    net use j: \\CompB\C$ /user:CompB\Administrator

    Then press the enter key, and type the Administrator password defined at CompB

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    by:Justin Goo
    Yes.   Admin password is EXACTLY the same on both machines.

    And I cannot even use Net Use command.    It comes up with the same error.

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    by:Justin Goo
    Anyone have any other ideas?   I've really got to get this working.

    Accepted Solution

    Okay, I figured it out.

    It turns out that CompA was on the wired network, and CompB was on a wireless network.   Normally, this wouldn't make any difference, but I'm thinking that somehow the wireless network has some filter on it that is not allowing NetBIOS.   I can't find it anywhere in the settings, but the I decided to grab a long CAT5 cable and directly connect CompB to the wired network.... and it started working just fine!   So I guess the proof is in the pudding.

    It took me quite some time to isolate this problem....
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    I am glad that you got it solved, sorry I could not help you with that.

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