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Mshome networking not working on all computers.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by usergeoff, Aug 22, 2007.

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  1. usergeoff

    usergeoff Thread Starter

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    Mshome networking not working on all computers.

    Four computers running XP Home service pack 2
    Internet access through Linksys router.
    All computers have internet access, no problems.
    MSHOME works only on computer 1 and 2.

    Computer 1 - Desktop wired directly to Linksys route. Can see computer 2, no problem. Can see computer 3 but get message that it is not accessible. You might not have permission to use the network resource. The network path was not found. Can not see computer 4. If I go to Network Connections is shows Internet Connection and Local Area Connection.

    Computer 2 - Laptop with wireless connection to Linksys router. Can see computer 1, no problem. Can not see computer 3 or 4. If I go to Network Connections it shows Internet Connections , Wireless Network Connection and Local Area Connection.

    Computer 3 - Laptop with wirelss connection to Linksys router. Can't see anything. If you click on MSHOME you get the message that it is not accessible. You might not have permission to use the network resource. The network path was not found. If I go to Network Connections it shows Wireless Network Connection and Local Area Connection but not Internet Connection

    Computer 4 - Desktop with wireless connection to Linksys router. Can't see computers 1, 2 and 3. If you click on MSHOME you get everything for computer 4. If I go to Network Connections it shows Wireless Network Connection and Local Area Connection but not Internet Connection.

    Please help. Thank you.
     
  2. jmwills

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    Looks like a classic firewall issue where a third party firewall is blocking access. Norton or Mcafee???
     
  3. 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.

    Check your Services are Started on all PCs: Workstation, DHCP Client, DNS Client, Server, TCP/IP Netbios helper, Computer Browser.

    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.
     
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