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how do i creat a network?

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  1. p_n_c77

    p_n_c77 Thread Starter

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    i'm haveing trouble setting up a network connection between my pc and laptop (i want to be able to share files)
    they are both using windows xp and are both connected to a liveboxED60
    pc connected with a cable the laptop connects with wifi
    i've tried using the network wizard but having no luck
     
  2. TerryNet

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    If both PCs are accessing the internet through the router, the following should work.

    Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro.

    Windows XP firewall (if SP2) will be properly configured by the wizard. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

    The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

    When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (20 minutes or so) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

    When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.
     
  3. p_n_c77

    p_n_c77 Thread Starter

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    on my laptop my pc is showing but i still can not connect to my pc
    the following message comes up
    the network path was not found/you might not have permission to use this network resorce
    the same message comes up on my pc when i open view workgroup comuters and it does not show any computers
    thanks for your help so far
     
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    How far do you get with the following troubleshooting tests?

    To open a Command Window: Start - Run – cmd (command in 98SE) - OK

    To determine a computer's IP address: open a Command Window and type
    ipconfig /all

    Now for some troubleshooting:

    1. On each PC open a Command window and type
    ping IPofOther (where IPofOther is the IP address of the other PC)

    Do you get Replies, or do you get packets lost?

    If you got Replies,

    2. Do the same ping except use the Computer Name of the other computer:
    ping NameOfOtherPC

    Replies or lost packets?

    If you got Replies to either or both,

    3. Then
    Start - Run - \\IPofOther - OK

    With luck after about a minute you should get an explorer window showing the other PC's shares. If not, what is the error message?
     
  5. p_n_c77

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    i've got them to talk to each other and share files
    the problem i've got now is on my pc
    if the pc's firewall is on it will not share files with my laptop
    my laptop firewall is fine and will still share files with the pc
    thanks for the so far
     
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    I assume that's a 3rd party firewall. I don't use them; so if you have questions about configuring it I suggest you tell us exactly which firewall it is and maybe somebody here has experience/knowledge of that firewall.

    When you get this completely solved, please mark it so using the Thread Tools at the upper right.
     
  7. p_n_c77

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    on my pc i am useing windows xp sp2 firewall this is the one that is coursing me the problem
    on my laptop i'm using McAfee firewall this aload me to set up a conection
     
  8. Ridgeroader

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    Win XP home on laptop Win XP Pro on Desktop & Linksys WRT54G router. Both computers have wireless connection.
    I have tried to get them to talk to each other. No Luck, I get that Network Path not found error as well. No firewall on. I had Zone Alarm on both computers but un-installed it.
    Damn frustrating to say the least.
    Scott
     
  9. JohnWill

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    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.

    PING each computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. You can obtain the IP address of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG. This should work for any Windows version. A failure here needs to be corrected before you go any farther.

    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.
     
  10. TerryNet

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    p_n_c77, I'm definitely puzzled that XP's firewall is preventing file sharing assuming you enabled it in the first place. Please check it: Control Panel - Windows Firewall - Exceptions tab - File and Printer Sharing should be checked. The General tab should show the first option "On."

    Ridgeroader, if you are just making comments, OK. But if you are asking for help it would keep us slightly less confused if you initiated your own thread.
     
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