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Workgroup computer disappears but can ping

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dghundt, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. dghundt

    dghundt Thread Starter

    May 2, 2004
    I use a laptop on wireless (home) or wired (work) network. Dell inspiron 9400, windows xp sp2. When I first boot the computer, I can see my computer when I click on 'view workgroup computers'. I can see my computer from any computer in the network.

    After a little while, my computer icon disappears from the windows xp window, 'view workgroup computers'. On my laptop and any computer in the network I can still ping my laptop from the command line, and from the 'view workgroup computers' window I can type in the name of my laptop and access its shared folders.

    Same things happen with firewall on or off, wired or wireless. My computer does not hibernate, hard drive stays on, nic stays on.

    So basically, I can find my laptop on the network, but my icon in windows disappears to everyone. If I 'repair' my nic connection, then my computer reappears for a while. This behavior has occured since I bought the laptop. It o/w works just fine.
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