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Fiel Sharing Problem

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Lococard, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. Lococard

    Lococard Thread Starter

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    Hello all,

    I have 2 Desktop computers, 1 Laptop, 1 router and 1 wireless router. The desktops use Cat5 to connect and the laptop is connected through wireless.

    I have set up my network and all with internet sharing allw orking but my files sharing doesnt seem to work.

    When i am on the Work computer i cant see all the files on my laptop and other desktop. When i try to access like Program Files it says that i arnt allowed to view those files.

    I am using Norton Internet Security 2004 Professional.

    Please Help
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

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    Although you likely have a lot of this already working, 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, just for testing, make sure you turn off XP's as well as any other 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 completely uninstall 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. This is likely where the problem is at this point given the error message.

    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 networks 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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