I have a home wireless network.

July 31, 2009 at 00:46:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have a home wireless network. I have a desktop and a laptop at present and I'm planning on adding a netbook which will not have a cddrive in it. I'm trying to make sure I can load my programs from the Hub computer which has a DVDRW drive.

To start with if this is impossible in XPHOME please say so.

Here are some details to save us all a lot of time. Both computers are running XPHOME SERVICE PACK 3

Both computers have no other network accessing problems both are connected to the internet and can share folders etc.

When I share the DVDROM drive on my laptop just as an experiment it works fine on the hub computer and I can see anything in the drive and access the files using my desktop. So I know how to right click and offer the drive to the network for sharing etc...I'm not a computer wiz but I know more than most of the people i know and how to get around on a computer.

The problem is this: When I offer the DVDRW drive on the desktop to the network, the little hand is under it and it says its shared and sure enough on the laptop it shows up BUT YOU CAN NOT ACCESS THE DAMN THING. It just gives you the access denied message and says maybe you don't have permission and need to talk to someone etc...so I'm talking to you guys.

Is there a difference in sharing a DVDRW drive and sharing just a DVDROM drive in XPHOME?

I don't have access to any other Sharing "Permissions" etc on XPHOME that i can find other than just right clicking the drive and putting in on the network which is done.

Can anyone help me so I will know if I am going to be able to use this drive to put programs on the netbook.

Now before you waste my time with suggestions that don't work, I have already learned that some programs can be copied from the disk to a Pin or Thumb drive and that is all well and fine....but programs like Microsoft Office Pro will not work doing that I have tried it right here on my own desktop putting the disk files by copy everything on the disk to a pin drive and when you try to install it it tells you that the source has been corrupted...so there IS PROTECTION on at least some of the programs that looks for a CDROM drive etc that is part of trying to protect the sharing of software. So lets just stay on point.

Can I use a DVDRW drive and share it over a home network running XPHOME or not? All the user names are the same, everyone is logged in as administrator etc...this side issues are not the problem...both computers drives are set to region 1.....

Can anyone tell me why when I share the DVDRW drive it is not accessable on the laptop???

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July 31, 2009 at 07:17:27
XPHome can share files in a workgroup scenario but can not join a domain. The drive can be shared if file sharing is enabled, everything is on the same subnet & in the same workgroup, there is no firewall blocking access & the permissions are correct.

I would check the firewall(s) first.

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