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Can't network my two laptops

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  1. Sidney

    Sidney Thread Starter

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    I can't get my two laptops to network together. both have internet access thru a D-Link wireless router and works fine. Both laptops have Windows XP. I have ran the network wizard several times and I keep getting the network not accessible contact your sytem administrater message. My Dell E1405 has a pritner connected to it ahnd works fine but the Dell 6000 can not access the printer or the other laptop. I have done the ipconfig thing several times, i have turned off the windows firewall and the zone alrarm firewall and still no luck. Any suggestions?
     
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    Uninstall ZoneAlarm or properly configure it for LAN access.
     
  3. Sidney

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    I removed the Zone Alarm and it had no effect. something seems to keep the two from seeing each other.
     
  4. TerryNet

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    To open a Command Window: Start - Run – cmd (command in 98SE) - OK

    To determine a computer's IP address: open a Command Window and type
    ipconfig /all

    Now for some troubleshooting:

    1. On each PC open a Command window and type
    ping IPofOther (where IPofOther is the IP address of the other PC)

    Do you get Replies, or do you get packets lost?

    If you got Replies,

    2. Do the same ping except use the Computer Name of the other computer:
    ping NameOfOtherPC

    Replies or lost packets?

    If you got Replies to either or both,

    3. Then
    Start - Run - \\IPofOther - OK

    With luck after about a minute you should get an explorer window showing the other PC's shares. If not, what is the error message?
     
  5. Sidney

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    i pinged the other laptop and get back 4 lines saying request timed out and then the next line says 4 packets sent 0 received 100% loss
     
  6. JohnWill

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    Failure to ping is almost always a firewall issue. That's the place to start looking.
     
  7. Sidney

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    pinging worked to ip but when i did the run ipofother it said network path not found
     
  8. TerryNet

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    Ping fails, then ping works, then you get "network path not found." Sounds like you have some kind of intermittent connectivity problem.

    Have you seen any other evidence that one or both computers are (maybe pretty briefly) losing connection to the router?

    For both PCs please show ...

    Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:

    Type the following command:

    IPCONFIG /ALL

    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.
     
  9. Sidney

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    thanks for all your help but i think this is too much for me and i dont jave the time to work on it so i will say problem sovled for now
    thnaks
     
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