Cannot access other computer through laptop

March 18, 2011 at 11:54:45
Specs: Windows 2000 Professional 5.00.2195, Intel Pentium 3/ 256 Megabytes
I have a laptop with an external Wi-Fi card.The Wi-Fi card is a D-Link AirPlus Extreme DWL-G650. The computer runs Windows 2000 Professional. (I don't know service pack #) So when I try to open the folder "Computer's Near Me" is comes up with an error message saying "MSHOME is not accessible. The network request is not supported." But I can access the laptop's shared resources with my desktop, and both computers can ping each other. The laptop can access the desktop's resources from running this code:
\\Computer Name\Folder

I am so confused.

Any Help?

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March 18, 2011 at 17:45:37
There's a fair amount of bells & whistles that need to be enabled in order for Windows computers to see each other on the same network. You have to have all the necessary F&P (File & Print) sharing components enabled, and:

- Windows 2000 is no longer supported, and if you're using that on the Internet, you need to start with clean, healthy OSes (no spyware, viruses etc).
- All PCs should be in the same MS Workgroup
- Enable the Client for MS Networks (the networking client)
- Enable File & Printer sharing.
- NetBIOS should be turned on (by Default it is)
- Firewalls either turned off or set up to enable & pass through all of the MS Networking components.

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March 19, 2011 at 08:11:08
It is working now, yet I don't know what caused it to do that. I haven't enabled or disabled anything since my first post. When I open up "My Network Places", it shows one shared resource of off my desktop, yet none of the others. "Computers Near Me" works too, so maybe something happened to the network. We turn off the router at night, so perhaps a reset worked.
I don't know what else could have caused it.

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