Ad-hoc Wireless problems

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TShill7

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I am setting up a home wireless network for the first time. I have 2 cards - a Netgear MA521 (works fine) 11Mbs on a Win 2k Compaq laptop and a Netgear MA311 (also 11Mbs) on a Win 2k Dell Dimension desktop trying to connect in Ad Hoc (peer-to-peer) mode. On the desktop I have Norton Anti Virus software running - but no firewall (I don't think).

The desktop card receives a signal from the laptop (solid green light) but does not appear to be sending or receiving data (according to the config utility). I can ping the desktop from the laptop but nothing happens the other way round. (I got the addresses from typing CMD ipconfig /all).

The card set ups are identical (Channel, SSID, No encryption and Ad-Hoc).

Although I can ping the desktop from laptop I get "Network path not found" when I click on the Desktop icon in my "Computer near me" window. I've set up shared folders on both machines, tried the support line who were useless (re-install card - like I hadn't doen that 3 times already!)

Can anyone help me please! Many thanks :)
 
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