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I have tried everything within my power to get a simple home network up and running. I have a lynksys ethernet router with cable running directly to the router. I have a the correct cord running to the correct locations. I have been able to share internet between the 2 computers since day 1. I am running windows xp. I can ping by ip address and by name and it is recognized. I cannot share a printer or any folders. I cannot see the other computer in my network places. I have ran the useless wizard. I have nowhere else to turn. any suggestions? :confused:
 
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you need to create the user accounts on both machines.

Have you enabled File and printer sharing in Network properties?
 
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Do the user accounts have permissions and are both workgroups named the same? Is your XP firewall turned off and have you opened the appropriate ports on your router?
 
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no ports to open on the router if you are just trying to browse another machine on your network.

but..

I cannot share a printer or any folders. I cannot see the other computer in my network places. I have ran the useless wizard. I have nowhere else to turn. any suggestions?


you need to create the user accounts on both machines.

Have you enabled File and printer sharing in Network properties?


best place to start
 
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The basics for troubleshooting are:

1. Make sure you have the same IP scheme (e.g. 192.168.0.x).

2. Make sure you have the same Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS IP addresses.

3. Make sure you can ping the other computer's IP address. If this fails, make sure you turn of XP's firewall.

4. Make sure you can ping the other computers by name.

5. Make sure you have the same workgroup name (watch for trailing spaces)

6. For troubleshooting purposes, turn off XP's and any other firewall software. You can always add more complexity after you get it working.

7. With XP, make sure you have the same username and password as the person logging onto the other computers. The default setting for XP Pro is to require a password for network access.

8. More details about how to network XP can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/xp_network.htm

9. More details about how to troubleshoot TCP/IP networkcs can be found at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/networking/trouble.htm

There continues to be a lot of misinformation about needing NetBEUI or to changing the NetBIOS setting. You can ignore both. Installing NetBEUI to solve a networking problem will just mask a some underlying and potentially important misconfiguration with TCP/IP. The default NetBIOS setting works fine so there is no need to change that either.
 
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I had a problem like this when i set my network up i disabled zonealarm on both machines but i finally had to uninstall za before i could get it up and running. Then i reinstalled za everything works fine now.
 
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That's exactly why #6 is put in there. So many posts where until ZoneAlarm is uninstalled, things just don't work right. At least get the configuration initially as simple as possible.
 
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