Quite the connundrum

May 16, 2009 at 14:50:14
Specs: Windows XP, Windows Vista
OK, this one really has me bummed and confused.

i have a laptop running vista, a desktop running vista, and a laptop running XP

they all have same workgroup name of HOMEGROUP

my laptop(XP) cant see any of them,
my desktop can see both of them but only connect to the vista laptop, vista laptop can see the desktop but no connect to it

anyone know whats goin on?


EDIT: i should also note that, the desktop connects to the router directly with an ethernet cord, and the 2 laptops connect wirelessly

Thanks, Cruuncher


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#1
May 16, 2009 at 18:13:49
Disable the firewalls. If it works, add exceptions to them & start them again.

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#2
May 16, 2009 at 18:24:35
Disabled firewalls on all computers, doesnt work. that was the first thing i tried...

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#3
May 16, 2009 at 19:06:25
Make sure that file sharing is enabled on all machines. Make a note of the IP addresses of each. Open the run box of one, type the \\192.168.1.100 or whatever the IP of one of the other boxes is & press enter. Do the shares appear?

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#4
May 16, 2009 at 20:06:46
desktop to xp laptop:

C:\Users\Anita>\\192.168.0.112
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

desktop to vista laptop:

C:\Users\Anita>\\192.168.0.111
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.


although the desktop can still connect to the vista laptop =S


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#5
May 16, 2009 at 20:10:01
And yes file sharing is enabled on both, lol not that dumb xD

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#6
May 17, 2009 at 05:18:02
K, i have an update on what works now, and what doesn't this may help you in troubleshooting

vista desktop can connect to both perfectly (done)

xp can connect to vista laptop but not the desktop

vista laptop can connect to xp laptop and not desktop

i think im getting closer but not happy yet because the reason i set everything up was so i could print through the desktop anywhere in the house.

anyone know what setting i may be overlooking?


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#7
May 17, 2009 at 06:27:22
First of all, it's done from the run box, not from a command prompt.

Is there a second firewall, such as the dreaded Norton running on the desktop?

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