Keeps loosing machines

June 14, 2010 at 11:23:49
Specs: Windows 7 Pro
I have a client using a HP PC with Win7 pro 32bit with a printer attached as a file storage machine. There are a total of 6 PC's on the network. It seems like quit often the storage machine needs to be restarted in order for one of the PC's on the network to be able to see it and print from it. New Linksys 54gl router and an older Linksys switch. The PC loosing connection is run through the switch which is attached to the router. Also some times the storage machine needs to be restarted for all the PC's to see it. Fresh install of Windows on all PC's. Please help.

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#1
June 14, 2010 at 14:14:43
I have more questions than answers:

- 6 PCs - are they ALL Windows 7?
- Are all the other PCs healthy & running anti-virus?
- What type of printer is being shared?
- Are the Windows or other 3rd party Firewalls on the PCs turned on?
- How are the other PCs connected - wireless, wired (w/ Ethernet patch cables)?

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#2
June 14, 2010 at 20:42:00
5 of the 6 PC's Win 7 Pro 32bit and 1 with XP Pro
All PC's healthy and running AVG Anitvirus
Brother all in one printer
Windows firewall is the only firewall on
Connected with ethernet patch cables cat5

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#3
June 14, 2010 at 22:44:38
That should be a breeze then. There are different ways to set up file & print sharing in Windows 7 though. Decent link here with videos if needed.

File sharing essentials: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

F&P FAQ:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

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#4
June 15, 2010 at 08:16:33
I know how to set it up I just can't figure out why some of the files are very slow to open from PC to PC and others aren't. The file size isn't so big to be the problem so I'm kinda stumped. The file opens fine when on the workstation PC but when trying to access it from the storage machine there's a 5 to 20 second delay for the file to open.

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#5
June 15, 2010 at 09:26:42
What are the specs on the HP PC acting as the server?

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