File Sharing Help pls!

June 7, 2009 at 02:27:49
Specs: Windows XP
Hello PPL.

I really need some help here. I have two PC's one with windows XP and one with vista. In the past file sgharing wokred perfectly. However The mahcine with Xp was begining to run slow and had some errors. I therefore decided to format and re install windows. Now for some reason file sharing is not working. I am able to access the vista machine and a laptop from the xp machine no problem. but i am not able to access the xp machine from any other pc. I get the error message Windows cannot access \\(name) check the spelling etc. I then thought that somehow the Xp machine was not alowing incoming connection. So i have turned off teh firewall and tried a ping. Ping worked perfectly to and from both machines without losing any packets. I have also installed real vnc which allows remote control of the xp machine which is also working properly. Pls any help would be great!!


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#1
June 7, 2009 at 05:53:13
Try \\IP_address instead. Make sure you set the workgroup to what it was before.

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#2
June 7, 2009 at 11:50:49
Usually File Sharing will work If Both computers have the Accounts ur using with a Password set and not a blank Password. Does ur account have a Blank Password?

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#3
June 7, 2009 at 14:36:15
hmm i have tried both ways.. neither works.. thanks for the reply tho... I have tried just about everything so far. setting permissions.. setting passwords the whole lot. It just so wierd becasue for the apst 2 years its been fine then i re install fresh windows on the second xp machine and then decides it no longer works.. all hardware is is the same!

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#4
June 7, 2009 at 15:50:58
Run ipconfig /all on the affected machine & post the output.

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#5
June 7, 2009 at 21:53:27
if ur accounts have password, then have u checked if File and Printer Sharing is Enabled on ur XP or not.
1) File and Printer Sharing Should be enabled if you u want the files of ur PC to be shared.
2) Client for Microsoft networks should be enabled if u want to connect to a PC that has file sharing enabled.

Pinging is working which means ur connection is fine. VNC is working because the VNC server opens up a port where a client pc can connect. In the same way File sharing also opens up a port.. i think 139. u can check that by typing
netstat -a -n on ur XP machine after typing cmd in Start-> Run

also another way to check is by typing from ur Vista Machine
nbstat -a IP
where IP=Xp Machine

if u see <20> then file sharing is enabled on ur XP Machine

You can den open ur XP Machine by opening Start-> RUn
and typing
file://IP

hope this helps


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#6
June 8, 2009 at 11:16:17
Hey guys. thx for the replies.File and printer sharing is enabled. Client for MS networkds is installed and good to go. When i type in nbtstat -a and the ip i just get a list of commands for some reason. as thoug i didnt type the ip but i actually did.. tired many times now. then if i type in explorer file:// IP i just get the same error message as when i go through the normal network icons etc. I will post the ipconfig result below!

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#7
June 8, 2009 at 11:19:48
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration


Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : tiscali.co.uk
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.4
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::201:29ff:fe25:b102%4
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::ffff:ffff:fffd%5
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Tunnel adapter Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : tiscali.co.uk
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::5efe:192.168.1.4%2
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>


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#8
June 8, 2009 at 11:26:37
Btw way just uninstalled ipv6 thinking that was the problem so ignore the pseudo interface so now the ipcionfig results are as follows

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration


Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : tiscali.co.uk
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.4
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>


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#9
June 8, 2009 at 11:28:17
here is ipcinfig / all


Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration


Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : tiscali.co.uk
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.4
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Bobby
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : tiscali.co.uk

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : tiscali.co.uk
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Eth
ernet NIC
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-01-29-25-B1-02
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.4
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Mindeg 8 Juni 2009 13:23:30
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Dnschdeg 9 Juni 2009 13:23:30

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>


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#10
June 8, 2009 at 15:20:05
"then if i type in explorer file:// IP "

Where did you get that? That's not how to connect!

Start, run, type \\IP_address of remote machine, press enter.

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#11
June 9, 2009 at 02:40:32
Erm doing it in run is the exact same thing as doing from explorer.. anyway its same error both ways.

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#12
June 9, 2009 at 05:24:16
On the XP box itself, start run
\\192.168.1.4 if that's the IP of the XP box. Do the shares open in explorer?

Also on the Vista box, try
\\192.168.1.4\c$

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#13
June 9, 2009 at 09:08:06
Hey Guapo

so on the xp machine I am able to access all files files and folders I have shared however trying the same way on the vista machine results in the same error i get before


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#14
June 9, 2009 at 10:01:09
Let's go back to the basic setup.

Internet > modem > router > switch (if any) > all devices, wired or wireless.

Does your setup look like that?

Can you ping the XP machine from the others?

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#15
June 9, 2009 at 23:43:04
well
nbtstat -a IP should work for u..
check whether u have NETBIOS over TCP/IP installed..
Goto Internet Protocol TCP/IP Settings -> Advance -> WINS and check whether Enabled or Default is checkd.

could u post the ipconfig of the Vista Machine


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#16
June 10, 2009 at 04:01:06
Hey guys.. thx for the replies but i got fed up of trying to make it work.. i have re installed windows xp and all is fine now.. strange thing is that it was the exact same xp disc.....

Thx for the help!


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