Dell desktop Vista 64 hardwired 10/100 to a ATT U-verse Residential Gateway (RG). The RG is a wired and a wireless router.
Several Vista computers are wireless and accessing the Internet through the RG.
These same wireless computers can also access shared files that I shared on the Desktop
However one wireless XP Home operating system computer cannot access the files. It gets the dreaded domain-name is not accessible. You may not have permission....message.
I can (using the XP Home system) ping the RG, yahoo.com and other network computers in RG's network as well as surf the Internet. It is just accessing the shared files (sitting on my Desktop) I can not get to.
If I get into the RG, I can see all the systems on the network, but the XP Home Netbook is listed as "inactive". That could be the problem, but not sure. But I don't know what I have to do to activate it.
The workgroup is called Funhouse and I have confirmed the XP Home system is in that workgroup (funhouse).
I am snowed and I have heard it is a blood bath sometimes getting XP HOME to use shared files sitting on other computers.
Any help is appreciated.
Thanks in advance.