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Solved: Network Device Not Found

Discussion in 'Networking' started by pmokover, Dec 31, 2008.

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  1. pmokover

    pmokover Thread Starter

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    On one of my PCs I am able to access the various drives as either a local device or as a network device. For example, I can access the hard drive as a local device C:\ or as a network device \\PM1\C (PM1 is the computer name).

    Same is true for the second hard drive (D:\ or \\PM1\D), the CD/DVD drives, the memory card reader. But it is not true for my external (USB) hard drive. I can access the external drive as N:\ but I am NOT able to acess it as \\PM1\N. Windows tells me \\PM1\N can not be found even though N:\ is found.

    As best I can tell I have Sharing and Security set properly for all of the drives including N. All of the drives are NTFS. I'm running WinXP Pro SP2.

    If I move the external USB drive to another PC I do NOT have the same problem there. So I think the problem is specific to how something is set in this one particular PC.

    Any clues?

    Peter
     
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    pmokover Thread Starter

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    John,

    I have WinXP Pro SP2 on all of my PCs.

    That was a very good suggestion to check ownership. I had not thought to check that. But, ownership was set right all along so the problem remains.

    Peter
     
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    Here's some interesting updated information about this issue:

    As I mentioned in my original message this external drive is connected to the PC via USB. The drive also has FireWire (1394) capability so I tried that. Much to my surprise the problem disappears when using FireWire.

    With a USB conection \\PM1\N is not accessable. With a FireWire connection it works. (N:\ works with either connection.)

    Any clues about that?

    Peter
     
  5. JohnWill

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    I've seen other people say similar things. I've personally never experienced it, so I don't know where I'd start debugging. I can share USB drives with no issues.
     
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    pmokover Thread Starter

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    Solution found:

    I can't say that I understand what this solution is all about but it did fix the problem. Looks like it had nothing to do with permissions or ownership. You can read the details at:

    http://www.ghacks.net/2008/01/13/not-enough-server-storage-is-available-to-process-this-command/

    I did not have that IRPStackSize Dword in the registry of any of my PCs. I added it with a value of 21 to the registry on the PC the external drive is connected to and the problem is gone. I can now access \\PM1\N from any of my PCs.

    Thanks to everyone here who helped along the way!
    Peter
     
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    Wow, that comes from left field. That's not the symptom I normally associate with the IRP stack size being too low!

    Of course, if you were getting that "not enough server storage" error and had mentioned it, I would have mentioned the stack size, because that's the common fix.
     
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