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Problems with creating a via 'Network Setup Wizard'

Discussion in 'Networking' started by wizzle2003, Jan 24, 2007.

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  1. wizzle2003

    wizzle2003 Thread Starter

    Jul 1, 2005
    I'm trying to setup a simple Network for 2 Laptops so they can share files or folders. I have done the same thing already at home and everything worked without any problems.

    Now I'm trying to setup a network (also via 'Network Setup Wizard) at work (also 2 Laptops) and it doesn't work out at all, even though the wizard and the adding of the second laptop to the network, worked and finished without problems.
    It shows the 2 computers (names) under 'Entire Network' but always when i want to accesss the "shared Docs" folder, I get the error message:
    "Winbook is not accessible. You might not have permissions to use this network resource . Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Access denied."
    OS: WinXP Home SP1 and the other one runs WinXP Prof 2002 (shows no service packs when checking the device manager under the "General" tab)

    Both Laptops connect via router to the internet and the router connects via ethernet (wall outlet)

    I'm the administrator on both laptops and therefor should have the permissions anyway. Maybe I'm doing something wrong or forgot to consider.

    Can anyone help me out here or give me a few pointers?

    btw: is it possible to share a printer via the network (once its up and running) so both laptops can print via the same printer or do i need a print server. (if so, is there a way around it or would a i have to purchase a print server to get it working, no matter what)?

  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Yes, you can share (most) printers. The following may help determine your problem. If the first ping test fails it almost always means you have a 3rd party firewall on the pinged computer blocking access.

    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?
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