Here are the answers to your questions and I
appreciate the help very much. This one has
me really baffled.
1. I have four computers hooked to my LAN
router. Only two are in the same workgroup.
Two PCs are wireless coupled to the router and two are hard-wired.
2. Three PCs use XP PRO and one is W2K.
All SPs are installed.
3. The network is a simple PC-router-WAN DSL
setup - nothing exotic. I previously used the
standard methods to search for and "share" files and folders and printers between two of the PCs.
4. Here is a listing of the connection items:
Client for Microsoft Networks
File and printer sharing for MS networks
QoS Packet Planner
Network Monitor driver
AEGIS Protocol (IEEE802.1x) v 188.8.131.52
IBM Personal Communications LLC2 driver
Internet Protocol TCP/IP
That's nothing exotic I think.
5. "Network Places" is missing in the explorer only on one PC, an IBM ThinkPad and
this error only started some weeks ago.
As I said, the only way I got the icon onto the desktop was by manually doing this from the START menu - click "show on desktop" option for the network icon. If I select the "explore" option on a right-mouse click on the icon I see a "normal" explorer panel with "Network Neighborhood" in the left-hand panel.
Thanks for the additional effort here.