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Discussion in 'Networking' started by mudmin, Nov 1, 2007.

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  1. mudmin

    mudmin Thread Starter

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    This has been maddening. I made a server with a fresh install of XP SP2.

    Here's what I have:
    A 2Wire integrated DSL Modem/Router
    With 3 of my computers plugged into it.
    On the 4th port I'm connected to my D-Link 50 Port Switch.
    In that switch, I have several Xboxes, the server, and another computer IDENTICAL to the server with the same clean install of XP SP2 on it.

    So, every computer/xbox on the network can happily see each other and share files and browse the internet EXCEPT the one freakin' computer I want to share files from!

    I disable windows firewall, have no antivirus, have File and Printer sharing turned on, and folders shared. The server can browse other computers and the internet. But other computers can't see me. We're all on the same workgroup appropriately named "workgroup"

    I'll cut to the chase and answer the usual questions... All the typical services "Computer Browser Automatic", "Network Awareness" and all that are started.

    Nbstat -n doesn't appear to work for me but my ipconfig /all shows this
    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>nbstat -n
    'nbstat' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>nbstat -n
    'nbstat' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : server
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : gateway.2wire.net

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Eth
    ernet NIC
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-14-2A-8B-9F-CA
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.87
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, October 30, 2007 4:15:47 PM

    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, October 31, 2007 4:15:47
    PM

    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>

    Any help would be AWESOME!
     
  2. mudmin

    mudmin Thread Starter

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    Sorry!

    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>nbtstat -n

    Local Area Connection 2:
    Node IpAddress: [192.168.1.87] Scope Id: []

    NetBIOS Local Name Table

    Name Type Status
    ---------------------------------------------
    SERVER <00> UNIQUE Registered
    WORKGROUP <00> GROUP Registered
    SERVER <20> UNIQUE Registered
    WORKGROUP <1E> GROUP Registered

    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>
     
  3. mudmin

    mudmin Thread Starter

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    Sorry for the multiple replies, I just don't want to waste your time.

    I CAN ping the server that can't be browsed in windows by both IP and name.

    Netbios over TCP/IP is enabled.

    Simple file and printer sharing is turned on. Anywhere I can turn on something with sharing, I do. I've also set a few folders as fully shared.

    JohnWill's FixAnon.reg script did NOT work

    TerryNet's NetFix.reg script did NOT work.

    Hope that helps.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    If you double-click Network Places on the problem computer, can you see it in it's own Network Places? If so, can you browse to it's shares? I know, we're browsing to local shares, just humor me. :)

    Are you SURE you checked all of the services?

    Check your Services are Started on all PCs:
    • Computer Browser
    • DHCP Client
    • DNS Client
    • Network Location Awareness
    • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    • Server
    • TCP/IP Netbios helper
    • Workstation

    Note: You can check the services in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.

    All of these services should be started, and their startup type should be automatic.
     
  5. mudmin

    mudmin Thread Starter

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    JohnWill,
    I really appreciate the quick response. When on the problem computer, I can see/browse the other computers, but I don't even see myself in the Network Places.

    I double-checked the services you suggested, all are started and set to Automatic. Network Location Awareness, is started but set to Manual. FYI the identical pc (which works fine) is set the same way. NLA service is started but set to manual.

    What do ya think?
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    That's fine. You're saying that the other computer has all the same services in the same states, correct?

    Have you disabled ALL firewalls on the system in question as a test?
     
  7. mudmin

    mudmin Thread Starter

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    All of the services are the same for both computers. Everything is started and all but that one service are set to automatic.

    Windows Firewall is turned off (went to Cpanel/Firewall and clicked the off button), although every wizard I've toyed with seems to turn it back on.

    I've gone through Add/Remove programs and double checked. I have no other firewall/antivirus/security programs in there. I'm just baffled on this.

    Thanks
     
  8. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Boot in safe mode with networking and see if file sharing works in the configuration.
     
  9. mudmin

    mudmin Thread Starter

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    When I reboot to safe mode with networking I can browse the other computers, but still can't see myself. Other computers still can't see the server. I can still ping the server by name/ip. So, basically there's no difference when in safe mode. I really appreciate you staying with me on this.
     
  10. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Let's see this for one of the working computers, as well as this one in safe mode.

    Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt:

    Type the following two commands:

    nbtstat -n

    ipconfig /all

    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
     
  11. mudmin

    mudmin Thread Starter

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    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Downstairs>nbtstat -n

    Local Area Connection:
    Node IpAddress: [192.168.1.225] Scope Id: []

    NetBIOS Local Name Table

    Name Type Status
    ---------------------------------------------
    BLACKPC <00> UNIQUE Registered
    BLACKPC <20> UNIQUE Registered
    WORKGROUP <00> GROUP Registered
    WORKGROUP <1E> GROUP Registered
    WORKGROUP <1D> UNIQUE Registered
    ..__MSBROWSE__.<01> GROUP Registered

    C:\Documents and Settings\Downstairs>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : BLACKPC
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : gateway.2wire.net

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethe
    rnet NIC
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-14-2A-E0-C6-66
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.225
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Friday, November 02, 2007 7:36:03 AM

    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, November 03, 2007 7:36:03
    AM

    C:\Documents and Settings\Downstairs>

    This computer is an identical, same cpu, mobo, etc as the non-working one. By the way, I did try putting in a 3com 905 network card in the non-working one and it didn't help.
     
  12. mudmin

    mudmin Thread Starter

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    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>nbtstat -n

    Local Area Connection 2:
    Node IpAddress: [192.168.1.87] Scope Id: []

    NetBIOS Local Name Table

    Name Type Status
    ---------------------------------------------
    SERVER <00> UNIQUE Registered
    WORKGROUP <00> GROUP Registered
    SERVER <20> UNIQUE Registered
    WORKGROUP <1E> GROUP Registered

    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : server
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : gateway.2wire.net

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Eth
    ernet NIC
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-14-2A-8B-9F-CA
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.87
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, October 31, 2007 9:52:13
    AM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, November 01, 2007 9:52:13
    AM

    C:\Documents and Settings\Admin>
     
  13. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I suggest trying SFC to see if we can find some damaged files, we're running out of gas here. :)

    Here's a detailed procedure for using SFC: http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

    I suggest reading over the whole procedure, since there are pitfalls in using SFC in some environments.
     
  14. mudmin

    mudmin Thread Starter

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    I am guessing it's some kind of hardware problem on the motherboard. As I said, I had 2 identical systems so I went ahead and set both bios' to factory defaults and ghosted the working system to the non-working. I changed the computer name and still no sharing. So, I got rid of the motherboard and switched to a different one.

    I'll bet people don't thank you enough for the incredible services you provide. I've been building systems for over 20 years and you taught me a lot. Thank you so much!

    Dan
     
  15. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Thanks for the feedback. I think you're right about the MB problem. That was pretty odd. :)

    You can mark your own threads solved using the thread tools at the top of the page in the upper right corner.© :)
     
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