DNS error maybe ?

March 12, 2010 at 10:14:10
Specs: Windows Vista 32 & XP
To use my HP-XP-Netbook to access shareable files on my home wi-fi Network, I can ONLY connect via Start->Run->\\192.168.xxx etc. This is the IP address of my main HP-Vista32-Desktop PC on which the files are stored.

Whilst this connection method works 100% OK, it is clumsy. It seems that the Netbook cannot recognize the main PCs name ("HPDesktop") or the Workgroup Name ("MSHOME").

However as connecting via IP address works, I wonder if this indicates a DNS or similar problem. Any ideas on how I can fix this would be much appreciated.


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March 12, 2010 at 10:24:52
It is a name resolution issue and dns is one of the methods of resolving names. but you don't have a dns server at home so that is not the issue.

make sure netbios over tcp/ip is enabled on all machines.
this is the mechanism that windows uses [called elections to master browser] to generate the host to ip and ip to host list.

another method that works without broadcasts like elections do, is to create a hosts file populated with the ips and names of your home network. IPs need to be static. The contents of the hosts file is loaded upon boot so name resolution happens instantly.

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March 13, 2010 at 07:40:25

Thank you.

Although I enable Netbios over TCIP in the WINS screen (the only place I could see how to do this) when I went ran ipconfig to check this had worked, ipconfig keeps telling me that Netbios over TCIP= Disabled and Node Type= unknown. Is there any other way that I can enable Netbios over TCIP ?

edited by moderator: there is always the edit link :-)

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March 13, 2010 at 12:10:37
Did you reboot?

Have you done the hosts file yet?

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March 15, 2010 at 14:09:28

Yes I did re-boot (many times).

I did not understand your suggestion about Hosts - what can I try in that respect ? I am happy to try anything.

Thank you

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March 15, 2010 at 16:03:48

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