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XP can not see other computers on Network.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by ochieman2000, Jun 11, 2011.

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  1. ochieman2000

    ochieman2000 Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone.

    I have an XP machine that is unable to see any other computer on the network. I disabled the firewall and I can ping any device on the network with no issue. I have set several other computers to the same workgroup which is mshome. Lastly I have read several other post and tried the ideas there including this one...

    Finally, let's do the stack repair.

    TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2.

    Start, ]R[/B]un, CMD to open a command prompt:

    In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

    Note: Type only the text in bold for the following commands.

    Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults, type: netsh int ip reset reset.log

    Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults, type: netsh winsock reset catalog

    Reboot the machine.


    That did not seem to work. As I am still in the same situation.

    Any ideas.....

    another note. This is the only XP on the network. Everyone else is Windows 7. Also on a side note, the reason I am doing this is to install a printer on this one and allow the other computers to print from it and seeing folders is helpful also.

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Upstairs
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.nh.comcast.net.

    Ethernet adapter Hamachi:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Hamachi Network Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 7A-79-F3-AF-65-0D
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 5.178.135.251
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.0.0.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 5.0.0.1
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, June 11, 2011 2:33:42 PM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, June 10, 2012 2:33:42 PM

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.nh.comcast.net.
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0E-A6-8C-3B-1C
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.103
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.87.71.230
    68.87.73.246
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, June 11, 2011 2:32:25 PM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, June 12, 2011 2:32:25 PM

    C:\Documents and Settings\Patricia Troy Demers.PTD-E8917B930D4>
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Ability to ping is how I define "see" w.r.t. devices on a network, so please tell us what you mean by "see." :)
     
  3. ochieman2000

    ochieman2000 Thread Starter

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    Ah yes I should of clarified. I cannot see the computers in the My Network Places but I can however ping them.
     
  4. TerryNet

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    Thanks. Now I'm going to get more detailed. :)

    The XP itself appears in My Network Places, right?

    Can you ping by computer (host) name, or only by IP address?

    What exactly happens with

    Start - Run - \\IPofOther - OK

    and with

    Start - Run - \\NameofOther - OK

    where IPofOther and NameofOther are the IP address and the name of another computer? Note that those are back slashes (\\), not forward slashes (//).
     
  5. ochieman2000

    ochieman2000 Thread Starter

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    Tried 2 separate computers and the folders came right up one one and another required login but worked non the less.
     
  6. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    And My Network Places is still not cooperating? Have you done 'view workgroup computers'?
     
  7. ochieman2000

    ochieman2000 Thread Starter

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    Um I don't know exactly how to do that, or maybe I do but not as described like that. I can view what my workgroup is but I dont know how to view computers on my network.
     
  8. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    In My Network Places you can have Folders or Tasks in the left pane. With Tasks one of the options is 'view workgroup computers.' See attachment.
     

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  9. mucker2010

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    Anything to do with network discovery maybe Terry? You may know a bit more than me here on the Windows 7 stuff for consumers, I usually work with domains. I seem to recall something about Win 7 and Vista use Network Discovery to find peers. XP does not have this. Maybe only the net discovery ports are open but XP ones aren't? A shot in the dark and I suggested more so in case it bared any relevence to you?
     
  10. TerryNet

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    Network Discovery is just so that Vista and Windows 7 can try to display their eye-candy network maps. The necessary code to make XP discoverable was included in SP3, so should be no issue at all.
     
  11. mucker2010

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    I think its more than that you know. I'm pretty sure it's the successor to ARP. As in for IPv6 you use network discovery and ARP is gone. Of course this is how windows vista/7 finds its peers though.
     
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