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File and printer sharing

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  1. Ripley25

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    I have connected 3 computers as shown on the attached computer configuration file. All 3 computers are HP's with Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 with service pack 3. I have named all computer and named the same work group for all 3 also shown on the same file. My goal is to be able to share files and printers between all 3 computers. So far only desktop 3 can view files from desktop 2 and print from the printer connected to desktop 2. In looking at various screens on each computer Note the following,:
    · Going to My Network Places - I have a blank display on all 3 computers
    · Going to View Network Connections - only desktop 2 indicated a connection to the internet, but all 3 have internet access.
    · Going to View Workgroup Computers - only desktop 3 display a computer in addition to the computer being used.
    A summary of these displays is also shown on the attached file.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 3055 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 1700, 512 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 152617 MB, Free - 127328 MB;
    Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 0AA0h, , 2UA8170N5K
    Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
     

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  2. TerryNet

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    Have you enabled file and printer sharing on each PC? Have you properly configured any non-Windows firewalls?

    If yes to both questions please show for all 3 PCs ...

    Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
    (For Vista or 7 type CMD in the Search box after Start)

    Type the following commands:

    nbtstat -n

    IPCONFIG /ALL

    [Note that there is no space between the slash and 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.
     
  3. geek117

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    Here's a silly question. Did you configure these with the internet connection wizard? Or did you manually configure each setting? Reason being.... if you manually set these up, you may have neglected to allow "File and Printer Sharing" through your Windows Firewall. Just a thought.

    Edit: Sorry, I obviously didn't read Terrynet's entire post. He's right though, that's definitely the first thing to look at.
     
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    Not a silly question at all. :) If I remember correctly the exact name is Network Setup Wizard (and should be named Workgroup Setup Wizard).
     
  5. geek117

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    Sorry heh, I haven't dealt with workgroups in a lonnnngggggggg time. Nor do I use XP often, either. I've been on Windows 7 since the Beta.
     
  6. Ripley25

    Ripley25 Thread Starter

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    I have gone back and and used the network setup wizard on all three computers and executed the 2 commands iin command prompt on each computer and now both computer 2 and 3 both can share files with each other but there is no communication between computer 1 and computers 2 & 3.

    I am lost as what to do next
     
  7. TerryNet

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    What non-Windows firewall or security suite do, or did, you have on computer 1?

    Do you have a VPN on that computer?
     
  8. michelsmith

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    To set up printer sharing in your home network, you need to configure printer options in the control panel of Windows XP Operating System. You could get a menu while right clicking the printer icon in the Control Panel. From this, you need to select the sharing option. You also need to make sure that you have enabled printer sharing option in the network card properties. To connect a printer in the network you need to set an IP address for your printer. If you have any troubles with printing with your printer in the network it might due to the errors in the network. So, you need to make sure the network connection.
     
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