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Solved: File Sharing Vista/XP

Discussion in 'Networking' started by ruby_hall, Aug 9, 2008.

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  1. ruby_hall

    ruby_hall Thread Starter

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    I run a wireless home network with the following hardware software:

    Desktop : Dell
    Windows XP SP3
    Norton internet security 2007
    Network Magic
    Wireless and or wired access

    Laptop: Toshiba
    Vista SP1
    Norton Internet Security 2008
    Network Magic
    Wireless access

    Modem: Zyxel DSL
    Belkin Wireless router F5D7230-4

    Both computers can successfully access the internet.

    My troubles arise when I try to share files between the machines.. I can see the shared folders on both machines but when I try to access the folders/files on the “other “ machine I get the following error messages:

    XP machine: Shared Folder not available

    Laptop : Cannot access shared folder.
    This computer can communicate with the other computer where the shared folder is located but accessing the shared folder is failing.

    These error messages persist even when both firewalls are disabled.
    In my efforts at troubleshooting I have pinged from laptop to desktop by computer name and got the result “Could not find host” and by IP address and got the result “request timed out”
    Similar pings from desktop to laptop by name and by IP address are successful.

    All other pings to modem and router are successful.

    I have disabled MAC filtering and router firewall but cannot solve my problem .

    Can anybody offer any suggestions ?
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Norton probably has to be completely and cleanly uninstalled or properly configured for the desired access. But, I wouldn't even try to guess whether Norton or Network Magic is more likely to give trouble.
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I'd guess both from my experiences over the years. :D
     
  4. ruby_hall

    ruby_hall Thread Starter

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    Just a word to say that I have solved my problem . It appears I was missing a SharedAccess registry key on my XP machlne. The solution to this problem can be found at the following link:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/sharedaccess.htm
    Thank you all for your help.
     
  5. TerryNet

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    I'm betting that Network Magic stole that key when you weren't looking. :)

    Glad you found a fix. :)
     
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