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fatcat6499

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Hey im at my friends house lanning it up... Im trying to copy a file off his computer to mine. And he has a previous Workgroup setup. How do I jack into this one, I tried setup a small home or office network. And when I view workgroup computers it says im not connected to it.... so whats the deal. I did this before when we lanned at my house I just coppied the file to his Share Documents... and copyed it to my computer that way... But I cant figure this out for my life.. What do I do Im looking for anyhelp Thanks a ton
 
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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.

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

10. Apply the registry edit to fix the browsing delay from XP to Win9x computers
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm#browsing_delay.

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 usually works. If browsing is a problem, you might set it to Enabled. But do not Disable it.
 

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It would help if you told us what the network looks like, what equipment such as routers, switches, etc. are used.
 
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fatcat6499,

Of the troubleshooting steps, what have you tried so far and what were the results.
 

fatcat6499

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I didnt... I couldnt get anything to work... so I just frickin stole his harddrive and copied it that way.. :-\
 
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