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hsriniva

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Aright So I recently attempted to create a network between my two Dell computers, both running XP. The two computer are connected to a router which is connected to the DSL Modem. The internet sharing is working fine.

Anyway, I went through the network setup wizard on both machines. And the setup seemed to have gone fine.

However now:
On Computer A, when I go to My Network Places, View Workgroup computers, it says that the "network is not accessible You might not have permission to use network. Contact Administrator."

On Computer B once I go to View Workgroup computers, I successfully see both computers. However when I double click the Icon for Computer A i get the same message "Network is not accessible You might not have permission etc.

I'm not able to share files nor printers.

I realize this is a common error message as I have seen many ppl talk about this in a lot of tech forums. So I tried doing some of the things that I read:

First I tried Pinging:

Computer A can ping to B but...
Computer B cannot ping to A

-I read I had to remove all firewalls for this to work. I removed the Windows firewall on both Computer A and Computer B. That did NOT work. It doesnt look like there any other firewalls...unless they're somehow hidden....

I also read that I'd have to check the TCP/IP connections ............but everything seems okay with that:
IP address are almost exact, Subnet Mask is the same, Node Type is "Hybrid" on Computer A, and "Mixed" on Computer B.

This is the first time I'm setting up a network so I'm really not sure what to do...... Should I try to see if there is another firewall (Is there a better way of trying to find them?) Also, I don't want to run my computers for too long without firewalls on them. Any other suggestions?



Thanks!
 

JohnWill

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Failure to ping is almost always a firewall issue. You may have some other security application running that has a firewall component. Look on the machine that doesn't respond to pings.
 
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