Can't see pc from network

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by riaaz, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. riaaz

    riaaz Network Guru Member

    Luchkow and Thom_d has reported the same problem earlier, but I didn't find a solution for my problem.

    I have a desktop pc, running Win XP Professional and a laptop running Windows XP Home both are running SP1.

    When I ping from desktop to laptop or vice-versa, at IP-number I get response, but when I ping with netbios name I get a request timed out.
    Internet is working on both machines.
    If I want to connect to a share it's not working with //netbiosname/ but it's working with //
    I only see the pc working at, in network neighborhood.

    But I can internet on both pc's.

    Both pc's are in the same workgroup and I have enabled file&print sharing and netbios over TCP/IP.

    I have tried it with the laptop connected through wifi and with a cat5 cable directly at the router. None is working.

    The linksys router has firmware version 2.04.3 (I'm living in The Netherlands-Europe)

    None of my pc's have a firewall. I'm using the Linksys firewall.

    I'm thinking of formatting the harddisk and installing Windows XP again.

    Anyone a suggestion, before à will do this?
  2. Morpheus

    Morpheus Network Guru Member

    This is general checklist for sharing files between PCs in a peer to peer network. There can be other reasons but I think most people new to networking and finding sharing a problem will find the answer somewhere in this checklist.

    These checks are all essential for sharing to work with TCP/IP.
    - All PCs have TCP/IP installed.
    - All PCs have Netbios over TCP/IP enabled (only needed if pre XP PCs used).
    - All PCs have the same workgroup.
    - All PCs have a unique computer name.
    - ALL PCs have network shares defined.
    - ALL NICS are on the same subnet (e.g. IP 192.168.0.* subnet mask
    - MS Client and file & printer sharing are checked on each NIC.
    - All NICs have their node type = anything except p-node (peer to peer, or point-point). Check at cmd prompt with Ipconfig /all (XP/W2K) or winipcfg (W9X).
    - XP's ICF firewall is permanently disabled. (Only for pre XP SP2).
    - All 3rd party firewalls are disabled, uninstalled and deleted (until connection is working).
  3. riaaz

    riaaz Network Guru Member

    When I connect my laptop (WiFi) at work I can connect with other computers in the network with netbios names and they can connect with the laptop.
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If your laptop is a member of a domain at work, you are not a member of the workgroup at home and cannot access your home network. When you logon on at work are you logging on your to your work domain. If your laptop is a company laptop you and you do not have administrator rights you will not be able to dto access your home network. Check with your PC support people and see if they can set your laptop as a multiple homed computer and give you adminstrative rights on a another user-id or user profile. Check the properties of the My-Computer Icon on your desktop. Look at your computer name tab and see if it is a member of a workgroup or a domain. A workaround is so name your workgroup at home with the same name at your company domain, but it can cause name resolution problems. If you have local adminstrative rights do not change the domain name, since network adminstrative rights are required to join a domain. When I was working at a major health insurance company, I had local adminstrative rights and I knew a network administrator id and password. You do not want to in violation of your companies security policies, since it can be cause of termination at work. If you are using a VPN client and logon your domain at work, you will not be able to access local resources such as home computers with networks shares and networked printers.
  5. bluedog

    bluedog Network Guru Member

    for what it is worth....

    My home computers are on a workgroup and my laptop is on a work domain. I couldn't get the laptop to see the computers.. But Then I installed satori and added my computers to the static dhcp. I think the router resolves the address names...

    Now I am able to print to a shared printer or access files off of my psuedo nas device (external harddrive attached) all by going to \\name\share

    Browsing my network places works, but it is sporadic and slow. Printing works great! File sharing works great too...

    Oh when I VPN in I am still able to use my local network resources like the printer. I am not using any fancy VPN tool, just the microsoft tool.. Also when I RDC into my work, I still have my local resources from my network.

    Hope that helps,

  6. riaaz

    riaaz Network Guru Member

    At work we are using a workgroup, at home I'm also using a workgroup. Both different names. My laptop has the home workgroup name. When I attach my laptop at work I'm able to connect to a shae with \\computername
    But when I try this at home I can't connect with another computer.
  7. riaaz

    riaaz Network Guru Member

    It's working again !

    It's working again. I can see all the computers from my network in network neighborhood.
    And I can reach them.

    The problem was my desktop computer.

    New installation of Windows XP Professional
    I think that something went wrong during the last installation.

    For everybody that have reacted, THANKS :!:
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