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Help with Windows XP Local Network problems

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by RDK, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. RDK

    RDK Flightless Bird

    Hi Folks....First if this is not the right forum for this question, please
    let me know and I will repost it there.

    My issues is this:

    0. All computers are Windows XP SP3, fully patched

    1. I have a 3 PC network with a Linksys wireless router for an Ethernet
    connection for one PC and wireless connection for the 2 laptops.

    2. All three have a Sym Business version of AV and Firewall

    3. all three see the two printers attached to PC-A

    The issue is that there is no consistency with the visibility of shares on
    each computer in the other computers Network Places. That is I always see
    the workgroup, but many times it is either not populated or if populated
    the shares for each computer are not shown

    If I insist by clicking on the workgroup icon I get a "Network path not
    found" error message

    I'm rather knowledgeable on Windows and Networking, but this has me stumped.

    Printers are visible everywhere, but files shares are not.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks....RDK
     
  2. JohnB

    JohnB Flightless Bird

    The issue is with NetBIOS name resolution. Normally, in a Windows network
    there is a WINS server that provides name resolution. In your small network
    that isn't an option. An alternative is to use your LMHOSTS file. If you
    go that route, you will need to set your PC's to static IP addresses.


    "RDK" <RDK_News@Hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:eapNZPtHLHA.5700@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Hi Folks....First if this is not the right forum for this question, please
    > let me know and I will repost it there.
    >
    > My issues is this:
    >
    > 0. All computers are Windows XP SP3, fully patched
    >
    > 1. I have a 3 PC network with a Linksys wireless router for an Ethernet
    > connection for one PC and wireless connection for the 2 laptops.
    >
    > 2. All three have a Sym Business version of AV and Firewall
    >
    > 3. all three see the two printers attached to PC-A
    >
    > The issue is that there is no consistency with the visibility of shares on
    > each computer in the other computers Network Places. That is I always see
    > the workgroup, but many times it is either not populated or if populated
    > the shares for each computer are not shown
    >
    > If I insist by clicking on the workgroup icon I get a "Network path not
    > found" error message
    >
    > I'm rather knowledgeable on Windows and Networking, but this has me
    > stumped.
    >
    > Printers are visible everywhere, but files shares are not.
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >
    > Thanks....RDK
    >
     
  3. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    As long as all the machines are on the same subnet you don't need Wins
    nor do you need to use the lmhosts file, peer networks work just fine
    with the Computer Browser service.

    John

    JohnB wrote:
    > The issue is with NetBIOS name resolution. Normally, in a Windows network
    > there is a WINS server that provides name resolution. In your small network
    > that isn't an option. An alternative is to use your LMHOSTS file. If you
    > go that route, you will need to set your PC's to static IP addresses.
    >
    >
    > "RDK" <RDK_News@Hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:eapNZPtHLHA.5700@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi Folks....First if this is not the right forum for this question, please
    >> let me know and I will repost it there.
    >>
    >> My issues is this:
    >>
    >> 0. All computers are Windows XP SP3, fully patched
    >>
    >> 1. I have a 3 PC network with a Linksys wireless router for an Ethernet
    >> connection for one PC and wireless connection for the 2 laptops.
    >>
    >> 2. All three have a Sym Business version of AV and Firewall
    >>
    >> 3. all three see the two printers attached to PC-A
    >>
    >> The issue is that there is no consistency with the visibility of shares on
    >> each computer in the other computers Network Places. That is I always see
    >> the workgroup, but many times it is either not populated or if populated
    >> the shares for each computer are not shown
    >>
    >> If I insist by clicking on the workgroup icon I get a "Network path not
    >> found" error message
    >>
    >> I'm rather knowledgeable on Windows and Networking, but this has me
    >> stumped.
    >>
    >> Printers are visible everywhere, but files shares are not.
    >>
    >> Any ideas?
    >>
    >> Thanks....RDK
    >>

    >
    >
     
  4. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    RDK wrote:
    > Hi Folks....First if this is not the right forum for this question, please
    > let me know and I will repost it there.
    >
    > My issues is this:
    >
    > 0. All computers are Windows XP SP3, fully patched
    >
    > 1. I have a 3 PC network with a Linksys wireless router for an Ethernet
    > connection for one PC and wireless connection for the 2 laptops.
    >
    > 2. All three have a Sym Business version of AV and Firewall
    >
    > 3. all three see the two printers attached to PC-A
    >
    > The issue is that there is no consistency with the visibility of shares on
    > each computer in the other computers Network Places. That is I always see
    > the workgroup, but many times it is either not populated or if populated
    > the shares for each computer are not shown
    >
    > If I insist by clicking on the workgroup icon I get a "Network path not
    > found" error message
    >
    > I'm rather knowledgeable on Windows and Networking, but this has me stumped.
    >
    > Printers are visible everywhere, but files shares are not.
    >
    > Any ideas?


    Disable *ALL* the firewalls while you troubleshoot the problem, if need
    be pull the internet connection while you work on the problem.

    Being that the problem is intermittent (sometimes it's populated,
    sometimes it isn't) I'm almost certain that this is a Master Browser
    issue, look in the Event Log for clues, specifically look for Event ID
    8021, Event ID 8032 or Event ID 8003. The use of the NET VIEW and
    BROWSTAT commands (at the command prompt) can be most useful when
    troubleshooting these issues.

    John
     

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