I can’t connect to an XP computer’s shared folders

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rasmasyean

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I’m using Vista 64 and in the Network explorer I see the computer names (2 XP computers A and B) come up.
For XP computer A I can see the shared folders.
But for XP computer B, it just shows the computer but I can’t open it.
It says: “Windows cannot access \\B. Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click Diagnose.”
And of course that button does not help.

But I know the network is working because using B, I can access other network folders on A and the Vista machine. But not the other way around.
 
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I'm having a very similar problem. I'm running a wired Vista 64 computer called JDesktop, and trying to connect to a wireless xp computer called Media. I can connect to every other computer on my network, both wired and wireless, from both of these computers, but they cannot talk to each other. When I type in \\MEDIA or click on it's icon in Network, I get the exact same message as above saying "Windows Cannot Access \\MEDIA". Error Code: 0x80070035 The Network Path Was Not Found.

I just replaced my router and modem, and I don't know why this problem would occur after doing that, but it worked before doing this.

Any suggestions would be really helpful as well.
 
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Check to make sure a firewall is not blocking the incoming connections on the computer you are having trouble reaching.
 
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Ok, I'm not sure how I fixed the problem would help anyone else, but my motherboard had two ethernet ports and by simply switching the ports my computer started to work correctly. I didn't change any firewall or computer settings.
 

rasmasyean

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Check to make sure a firewall is not blocking the incoming connections on the computer you are having trouble reaching.
I turned the firewall off and it still doesn't work.

It's so strange. I can't even ping the problem-computer from any other computer but it shows up in my Vista Explorer's "Network".
Why does it even show up if I can't even ping it. Where does it get its name from? :confused:

And why is it that the problem-computer can ping everyone else and even download files from every good-computer? :confused:
 

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If you can't ping it, it's a 99% that there is still a firewall component in the mix that is blocking the requests.
 

rasmasyean

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If you can't ping it, it's a 99% that there is still a firewall component in the mix that is blocking the requests.
You are right! Problem solved! Stupid me, I had forgot I had a Security Suite still going on when I turned off the Windows Firewall. :p
It turns out that it defaulted to blocking file sharing and blocking ping.

Thanks!
 

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These things happen. ;)


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