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Viewing network computers

Discussion in 'Networking' started by DevryGrad, Jul 31, 2006.

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  1. DevryGrad

    DevryGrad Thread Starter

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    I need some help. I was using a router for my network. I out grew my 4 port router so I connected a switch to the router and now I am unable to view my workgroup computers.
    Here is the set up. Internet into router (wan port) then I have a single connection running from the router to the switch and then I have all of my computers plugged into the switch. No computers are hooked up to the router anymore. Why am I not able to see my workgroup computers? I am able to search for them and it will list their shared files but I cannot use My Network Places to view the shared documents. Please email me with any question or answers.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. danmcman

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    Try checking your Computer Browser service. That needs to be running for Windows to map out who's out there.

    1) Right click My Computer, select Manager
    2) At the bottom of the left pane, click the check next to Services and Applications, select Services.
    3) Make sure the Computer Browser service is set to Automatic and is Started.
     
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    What exactly happens when you do 'view workgroup computers'? Same on all computers?
     
  4. DevryGrad

    DevryGrad Thread Starter

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    Danmcman the service is started and running.
     
  5. danmcman

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    Instead of asking you what all is happening on all of those machines, I'm going to point you to one of the most helpful troubleshooting sites for XP networking ever:

    http://www.michna.com/kb/wxnet.htm

    Read his introduction on how to use this page and enter in your symptoms (there is a section about Workgroups and Sharing). Then if you scroll to the bottom of the page, he has a list of relevant troubleshooting steps for you to try. This has helped me more than once..

    Please post back what you find :)
     
  6. DevryGrad

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    Thanks for all your help.
     
  7. danmcman

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    Did you get a chance to troubleshoot with the website I posted? How did it go?
     
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