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Solved: Vista / XP home Lan problem

Discussion in 'Networking' started by rainforest123, Feb 15, 2007.

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  1. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    For > 1 yr, PC #1 had used Linksys WRT54G to access the internet.

    Symptoms:
    ** when I try to view the workgroup network / local computers, the system hangs.
    ** It hangs at: start > run > \\ComputerName
    ** PC #2 can see HP Officejet 80 printer, but access is denied when I try to "add printer"

    PC #1
    XP Home SP2
    P4, 2 GHZ
    512 MB
    WUSB 11 wireless adapter
    McAfee Security Center, most recent version
    Can access the internet
    simple file sharing enabled
    folder c:\test_share created, set so users can change files
    c:\test_share\test.txt created
    HP Officejet 80 printer, USB connection, set to be shared.
    Per HP, the drivers are incorporated into Vista.

    Same workgroup "WORKGROUP", sans quotes
    I can ping PC #2's IP address & PC #2's friendly name.
    ** when I try to view the workgroup network / local computers, the system hangs.
    ** It hangs at: start > run > \\ComputerName

    PC #2
    HP Pavillion m7760n
    New to the network
    Vista Home Premium
    Core 2, E6400, 2.3 GHZ
    2048 MB
    integrated wireless chip
    Vista firewall
    Can access the internet
    Can see PC #1; can access c:\test_share\test.txt
    ** PC #2 can see HP Officejet 80 printer, but access is denied when I try to "add printer" on Vista.

    Event Viewer:
    source: browser
    event ID: 8032
    The browser service has failed to retrieve the backup list too many times on transport \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{99756BBC-C9A9-4671-A17E-F56988625F05}. The backup browser is stopping.

    I hope you can assist me.

    RF123
     
  2. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

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    Can you see it going through My Network Places?
     
  3. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    C:
    Thanks for looking at my problem.

    No.
    When I try to view the workgroup network / local computers, the system hangs.
    t hangs at: start > run > \\ComputerName . By that, I mean, if I click on "start", then "run" and type the name of the computer [ without the quotes ] "\\ComputerName", I receive the message that "ComputerName" is not accessible

    RF123
     
  4. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

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    I've just installed Vista Business Edition and I first got the same thing, but somehow I managed to get the network showing. When i get back home I will see what I did
     
  5. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the follow up.

    I look forward to reading your solution, C.

    RF123
     
  6. Couriant

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    well, I don't see what I had before, but go to Start > Network. In there you should see your router, your machine and the other machine/s. If you do see them, click on them and note the workgroup. If you don't see if you can find Join a network.
     
  7. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    Couriant:
    It was a browse master problem.
    Inspiration provided by http://support.microsoft.com/kb/135404

    That which worked:

    1. The Vista computer needs to be turned off.
    2. The XP computer needs to have been turned off for > 10 minutes.
    3. Turn on the XP computer.
    4. Left click start. Left click "control panel". Open "admin tools". Open "services". Maximize the screen.
    5. Look for "computer browser" in the left column. Right click on "computer browser". Left click "properties".
    The following assumes that "computer browser" is started".
    6. Left click the "stop button".
    7. When it has stopped, left click the down pointing arrow to the right of "automatic". Left click "disabled".
    8. Left click the "OK" button.
    9. Close "services", "admin tools", "control panel".
    10. Turn off the computer.
    11. Turn on the Vista PC.
    12. Wait > 10 minutes. Turn on the XP PC.
    13. From the XP computer, start > my network places.
    14. On the left, left click on "view workgroup computers".
    15. If it hangs, RATS!
    16. If it opens, open "userName-pc".
    17. Open the folder I created, which is named something like "test_share".

    Sincerely,
    RF123
     
  8. Lubomir Dugovic

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    your solution worked for me, thanks
     
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