can't see other computer on network

November 25, 2007 at 18:32:39
Specs: XP Home & XP Pro, pent III
I am trying to network 2 computers. I have run the network connection wizard on both systems and it says that it is connected, but I cannot see one computer from the other.

I totally forget anything about this, it's been a while since I have done this and I am feeling pretty stupid.

I have them together directly,I don't have a router or anything.

Any help would be appreciated.

The IP Address on the Home computer (the main one) is with a subnet mask of

The XP Pro comes up with nothing but zeros.

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November 26, 2007 at 03:53:11
If using a crossover rj45 cable you can use Internet Connection Sharing on the Main PC to enable the basic DHCP server.

If you have a Router/Switch, this will act as a DHCP server.

Lastly both should be in the same workgroup, I usually use MSHOME as the name.

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November 28, 2007 at 09:06:36
they are in the same workgroup (MSHOME it's easiest). I have dial up on one system, and if I connect that main system to the internet, the other computer is able to use that connection, but I still cannot access files from one computer to the other.

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December 2, 2007 at 09:01:54
Make sure you enable the file sharing correctly. Take a look on following articles to help you:

Simple File Sharing in Windows XP

How to Share File with Group and User Permissions in Windows XP Pro

Good luck..

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December 17, 2007 at 02:56:21
1. Use a router, in order to make a home network. Connecting only with cables is slow, stupid, and unnecessary. You're probably using a normal PATCH cable and not a CROSSOVER cable anyway. There's your first problem.

2. Let your router be the default gateway and firewall for both computers.

3. READ about home networking. Try your local library. TCP/IP Jumpstart is a great book.

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