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Cant See PC On Network.

By enigmabunny
Sep 22, 2007
  1. hey guys / gals, I have recently formatted my main pc and eveything seems to be ok, except I cant access it from my laptop no more, have enabled file & printer sharing, run network wizard, but the PC still doesnt appear in network places. anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +107

    Okay do this too see what you got going on...

    1. did you install the drivers correctly and does windows see the NIC
    2. first does the router see the laptop
    3.

    click on start
    click on run
    type: cmd
    type: ipconfig /all

    if you see for the ip address 169.xxx.xxx - this would be a private IP address and you don't want that. To fix this you need to open the control panel click on network connections then..

    right click on your LAN card
    then click on properties
    then uncheck all the boxes
    click apply or okay
    then reboot the computer

    The system should reset itself..
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,330   +622

    be sure to enable file/print sharing in the firewall also

    all systems must have the same workgroup name (and in like Upper Case)
     
  4. enigmabunny

    enigmabunny TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hi thanks for the replys, file sharing is enabled in firewall. and i have same workgroup name.
     
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    disable simple file sharing
    delete any instances of it in the laptop
    in laptop try to map new drive
    xp firewall bites
    outpost more secure ,better ,easier to manage
     
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +107

    click on start
    click on run
    type: services.msc

    make sure computer browsing is started and enabled (automatic)
    make sure network connections is started and enabled (automatic)
    make sure workstation is started and enabled (automatic)
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,330   +622

    As XP/Home only uses Simple Sharing and given that IT IS SIMPLE,
    I disagree.

    Mapping a new drive will work with Either style of windows sharing as both
    assume you have the password :)

    ANY firewall is better than none and the Windows version makes sharing trivial.
     
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    I repeat xp firewall sucks ,if a firewall blocks what you don't want it to.
    do they have pro or home thats a good question
    home must use simple file share
    in pro it can be disabled and I would not use it if I had pro
     
  9. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    A simple ping test for starters would be good :)
    Try and ping each PC from both PC's and post back with how you go.

    Also an ipconfig /all from both would help.
    From there we can troubleshoot where the problem is.

    Also, make sure both PCs are able to web browse BEFORE doing this.
     
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