Computer not in workgroup

March 22, 2009 at 10:03:25
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.254 GHz / 1023 MB
I have four computers that were linked through a Linksys WRT54GS router. Had to replace hard drives in the two desktops. I reset the network and now all the computers show up (in each computer) except my main desktop.

I have two desk tops and two laptops. The laptops are wireless and the desktops are wired.

My network used to work great so I'm lost as to what the problem or setting might be to correct the issue.

If anyone has an answer that would be great.

I'm sure I have left out important info that I just don't know to include so questions are welcome.


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March 22, 2009 at 11:41:30
Did you run the Network Setup Wizard on your main desktop computer?

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March 22, 2009 at 12:16:02
Did you put the desktop in the same workgroup as the other three? Is the desktop getting an IP address and is it pingable by the other three? Did you install the NIC drivers?


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March 22, 2009 at 14:17:06
I ran the setup wizard on the main computer, made a setup disk and ran that on the other three computers.

The desktop is in the same workgroup.
The main desktop functions online OK so I would guess it's getting an IP address.

How do I check that and ping it from the other computers?

Thanks for the replies.

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March 29, 2009 at 05:13:16
I've been trying to ping my computers without success. Maybe I'm doing this incorrectly.

I open the 'Run" window and type in //
then click on 'OK'.

I get a message that there is no program associated with the IP address.

All the computers that do show up in each others Network Places and show as Workgroup computers do the same thing.

Could someone tell me if I'm not using the 'ping' correctly?

I'm fairly computer literate but this network thing is not playing very nice.

This network used to work perfectly. I did have to replace the hard drives in both of our desktop computers but the network had stopped working before that happened.

Thanks for any help.

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March 29, 2009 at 05:33:22
OK, I came across a post that showed me how to ping. I guess the way I found in another post was completely incorrect for pinging.

I can ping my desktop from my laptop but when I try to ping the laptop from my desktop it times out.

(The desktop is the only computer that doesn't show in the Workgroup.)

I'm going to try the other desktop to my laptop and see what happens. I'll come back and either edit this reply or add a new reply.

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March 29, 2009 at 05:47:03
OK, now I can ping from computer to computer. The desktop will now ping to the laptop and the other desktop.

The desktop still doesn't show up in the Workgroup. All the computers have different names and they are all in the same workgroup.

Any help with where to go next would be great.

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March 29, 2009 at 05:55:19
I just found something that may be what is causing my problem. I went into the 'system' to double check and make sure all the computers were in the same workgroup and happened to notice my desktop is SP2 and the laptop and other desktop are SP3.

My desktop will not install SP3.

Could this be the problem?

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