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freakotaku14

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OK, I have a Wireless network with 4 computers on it. They are all in the same work group and all can see that one another in on the work group. My problem is that everu time i try to access another i get this Error Message:

granted, i added that last part because im not on the same computer right now and couldnt get the exact error message. but thats still what it said.
What do i do? i just want to get the four computers to share files...
 
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well you never added the error but its most likely that either file and print sharing arent enabled on one or more of your computers or you need to choose to share the desired folders.
 
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D-Rock said:
well you never added the error but its most likely that either file and print sharing arent enabled on one or more of your computers or you need to choose to share the desired folders.
I would double check this just to make sure.
 
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well it may be my browsre but im not seeing the error message you posted. its just a blank line. im using the latest version of firefox.
 

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I have no idea what you were trying to do, but whatever image you attempted to post didn't make it. Here's the instructions for posting images here.

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file. To upload it to TSG, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
 

freakotaku14

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I know...i can view the image...i wonder why no one else can...ill attempt to edit and fix it
or not. i cant edit that far back. ill just edit this post with a hopefully fixed version.
 

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Looks like a firewall issue to me.

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt for the following commands.

PING each remote computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. Open a command prompt as described above and type.

PING <ip address>
or
PING <computer name>

Where:
<ip address> - is the x.x.x.x IP address
<computer name> - is the computer name

A failure to PING is almost always a firewall configuration issue. Any failure to PING needs to be corrected before you go any farther.

Note: You can obtain the IP address and computer name of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG /ALL. This should work for any Windows version. The IPCONFIG /ALL display will provide a wealth of useful information for debugging your network connection.

Check your Services are Started on all PCs:
  • Computer Browser
  • DHCP Client
  • DNS Client
  • Network Location Awareness
  • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
  • Server
  • TCP/IP Netbios helper
  • Workstation

Note: You can check the services in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.

All of these services should be started, and their startup type should be automatic.

All computers should be in the same workgroup for computer browsing to function properly. File & Print Sharing has to be enabled on any computer you wish to share files or printers from. You also need to actually share the resource in question from My Computer, right click on the drive/printer/folder, and select sharing.

If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.

While the default NetBIOS setting is correct for normal network configurations, it's possible for it to be altered, and it costs nothing to make sure it's correct. NETBIOS over TCP/IP must be enabled for normal network browsing.
 

freakotaku14

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OK, ill be sure to try. And one thing...

JohnWill said:
If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood, make sure the computer being accessed has an account with the same name/password as the system connecting to it uses to login.
what does this mean? ive ran into other places that say that in my quest to fix this, but i dont understand it...because this part:
JohnWill said:
If you encounter difficulties accessing computers that are visible in Network Neighborhood,
is exactly whats wrong...
 

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Create an user account on the machine with the shared resource that has the same name/password as is used to login to the client (connecting) machine.
 

freakotaku14

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you mean...just like a windows user account?
and if it doesnt have a password, then just have to password right?
 

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Yes, create an account that matches the connecting machine's account. Also, give the connecting machine a password if it doesn't have one.

If you don't want to type the password each time to login to the machines, you can do this.

Start, Run, control userpasswords2

This utility will allow you to configure auto-login for the machine.
 
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