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Vista no longer sees XP computers

Discussion in 'Networking' started by melonhead, Apr 17, 2008.

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  1. melonhead

    melonhead Thread Starter

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    I have a Vista laptop that used to identify the XP computers on the homenetwork. Now it recognizes them once in a while but rarely.

    I can ping the other computers.

    I've tried installing the Link Layer Topology Discover on the XP computers.

    I've tried resetting the wireless router.

    I've tried bypassing the wireless and using the ethernet cord.

    I can get on the internet with no problem. But the network only identifies the other computers about 10% of the time.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    When it doesn't identify the computers, but you can still ping them by name, try this.

    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type \\<computer_name> and hit Enter.

    Tell us if you get to the computer in question that way.
     
  3. melonhead

    melonhead Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    I can't experiment with your suggestion right now because suddenly the other computers just showed up. I've been screwing around with them three days, I post this, and then they show up.

    That is what is weird about this. I had not changed anything since I had made this post and suddenly they appear. I don't get it.

    I'll try your suggestions again later when the XPs don't show up again! :)

    Thanks again for your suggestion!
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    This sounds like a browsing issue, in which case the test I gave you should succeed in connecting to the computer in question.

    There is also a cheap hack to put all the computers and their IP addresses in the HOSTS file and avoid the browsing mechanism, I usually save that for a last resort. :D
     
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