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Old 02-07-2006, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Laptop networking/drive sharing

A while ago, someone told me how to network Mr. Excitement's computer to mine so we could share the cable modem connection and one of the hard drives in my PC (via the router). Works fine.

But now I'm trying to network the laptop so it can also access one of the hard drives in my desktop PC, and it ain't workin'. The laptop does access the cable modem connection, so I know the network is networking. But I don't see the shared drive on the laptop.

This is all wired -- wireless was too slow.

Anyway, what's the trick to getting the laptop to see the desktop PC's drive? Both are running XP, SP2.

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Old 02-07-2006, 09:17 PM   #2
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Are both laptop and desktop members of the SAME-named workgroup?
Does the user running on the laptop have an identical username/password account on the desktop?
I am assuming that both are connected through a router to the cable modem - or the cable/modem has an integral router.
Assuming the desktop IP address is 192.168.1.100 on the laptop you can try entering Start->Run then \\192.168.1.100
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Old 02-07-2006, 10:15 PM   #3
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Are both laptop and desktop members of the SAME-named workgroup?
They weren't -- I just changed the workgroup name on the laptop to match the other two PCs. I rebooted, but the shared drive still doesn't show up. Maybe I need to shut down the entire system, including router and modem, and restart?

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Does the user running on the laptop have an identical username/password account on the desktop?
Not sure. I have never used passwords to log on to any of my computers, because I know I will forget them. <g> It looks like I have the same user name on the secondary PC and the laptop. A different user name on the primary computer. Should I change any of them?

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I am assuming that both are connected through a router to the cable modem - or the cable/modem has an integral router.
Connected through a router to the cable modem (they are separate).

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Assuming the desktop IP address is 192.168.1.100 on the laptop ...
Not sure what you mean. I assume you're not talking about the setting in TCP/IP properties. It gets an IP address automatically.

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Old 02-08-2006, 01:04 AM   #4
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XP SP2's default firewall settings are much stricter than the original - is that preventing traffic inside the network perhaps?

We have resisted SP2 here as the 2000 server won't play ball in certain critical respects, so I can't try it to see.

Have you tried creating a network connection explicitly? (i.e mapping a drive to it?) That should allow you to specify authentication if necessary.
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You've run the Network Setup Wizard ("Set up a home or small office network") on both computers? There are also some debugging steps in Windows' built-in knowledge base; try Start | Help and Support. There are some interesting network ping instructions in there.

When it works, you aren't going to be able to see the entire drive on the other machine, just the Shared Documents folder (in Documents and Settings\All Users) and any additional folders that you've marked share-able.

(Don't listen to me: my own WinXP two-computer network went down about a month ago and I can't get it back no matter what I do, so who am I to offer suggestions?)

   
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:07 PM   #6
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You've run the Network Setup Wizard ("Set up a home or small office network") on both computers?
Search me. I don't remember doing anything five minutes after I've done it.

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When it works, you aren't going to be able to see the entire drive on the other machine, just the Shared Documents folder (in Documents and Settings\All Users) and any additional folders that you've marked share-able.
Hmm. On the secondary PC, I can access the entire shared hard drive. I just go to My Network Places in Windoze Exploder, and the shared drive shows up under Computers Near Me.

I just noticed that on the secondary PC, the laptop shows up in My Network Places, although it's not accessible. But the laptop does NOT show up in Network Places on the primary PC.

This is too confusing. Maybe I should just give up and use sneakernet and thumb drives to move files to and from the laptop!

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XP firewall is off.

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Have you tried creating a network connection explicitly? (i.e mapping a drive to it?) That should allow you to specify authentication if necessary.
How do I do that?

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From the Start menu try searching "For a Computer" specifying the name of the computer that has the share available.

It could be that the XP firewall settings are restricting you from accessing your local network.

On the desktop use Start->Run then "cmd" to open a command prompt window; in that window execute the command "ipconfig /all" to see what IP address (like 192.168.1.100) was assigned to the desktop. On the laptop use Start->Run then double-backslash followed by the desktop IP address (i.e., something like "\\192.168.1.100") to see if you can force seeing the desktop.
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From the Start menu try searching "For a Computer" specifying the name of the computer that has the share available.
Tried it. Nothing found.

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It could be that the XP firewall settings are restricting you from accessing your local network.
I've got the XP firewalls turned off.

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On the desktop use Start->Run then "cmd" to open a command prompt window; in that window execute the command "ipconfig /all" to see what IP address (like 192.168.1.100) was assigned to the desktop. On the laptop use Start->Run then double-backslash followed by the desktop IP address (i.e., something like "\\192.168.1.100") to see if you can force seeing the desktop.
Tried it. Message popped up: "The network path was not found."

What puzzles me is that some aspect of the network IS obviously working -- the laptop does have Internet access via the cable modem/router.

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What puzzles me is that some aspect of the network IS obviously working -- the laptop does have Internet access via the cable modem/router.
Hmm, time to look at this from the other end...

Is the desktop running any firewall software (like ZoneAlarm) - i.e., could it be accepting only Mr Excitement's computer rather than the whole internal subnet?
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