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Can't get Win2000 and XP machines to talk to each other

Discussion in 'Networking' started by junglefish, Apr 28, 2004.

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  1. junglefish

    junglefish Thread Starter

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    This is a plea to help keep the last remaining hairs from being tugged from
    my sadly balding scalp!

    I have two PCs. One runs Win 2000 Pro, the other runs Win XP Home.

    They are each connected to a Netgear router which is, in turn, connected to
    the Internet by cable.

    The router acts as a DHCP server and allocates IPs to the two PCs on the fly. They're currently 192.168.0.2 and 192.168.0.3.

    Both PCs are members of a Windows workgroup called MYNETWORK.

    Folders on both PCs are shared and web-shared.

    Both PCs run Sygate Personal Firewall, enabled on both PCs, and the XP PC's
    own Internet Firewall has been disabled.

    So much for the background. As far as the XP PC is concerned, it thinks it's the only PC in that workgroup. The 2000 PC thinks that it is the only PC in that workgroup.

    Both PCs see the internet via the router fine. Both PCs can ping the router. Neither PC can ping the other.

    I had this working once, but then the XP machine had a crash and needed to be rebooted and since then I can't get them to talk to each other.

    Can anybody help??
     
  2. Monstrous Mi

    Monstrous Mi

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    Could be the Sygate firewalls. Have you disabled them as well?
     
  3. junglefish

    junglefish Thread Starter

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    Yep, have tried with them enabled and disabled.
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    As a test, you might try uninstalling any firewall software rather than disabling it, There have been serveral posts in the past month or so where this solved the problem, especially if you can't even ping the other computer's IP address.
     
  5. junglefish

    junglefish Thread Starter

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    Bob / MM

    Problem solved! You were of course correct about it being firewall related. Here's the solution:

    *Exit* the firewall software, as opposed to just disabling it or going the whole hog and uninstalling it (I guess it must make a difference). Bingo, the machines can see each other. Then, you can relaunch the firewall software, and it doesn't make any difference, so long as its settings are all correct, which they were in my case.

    Thanks for the suggestions, and I hope this helps anyone else with similar problems.
     
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