home networking problem

By dRew
Jun 13, 2007
  1. hi
    i have 3 computer naming 2 desktop and 1 laptop. all systems are running on window xp pro SP2. all 3 are connected on a linksys router wrt54g. initially both desktop are working fine with the home networking where shared documents could be seen on both desktop and could be accessed. its only recently when i do a home networking for my laptop that thins went wrong.

    2 computer(1 desktop and 1 laptop) could communicate and view the other desktop shared documents. the other desktop could not see the other 2 computer's shared documents. i have tried to reboot the router and ping each computer with the ip addresses and all seems to work well. i am really stuck and lost as to how to get the other desktop working with the home network. could anyone out there help me out?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,148   +597

    you should search for this issue -- it's been discuss many times.

    that said:
    all computers must have the same WORKGROUP NAME
    must have Simple File Sharing enabled.
    must have the firewall allow Print/File Sharing.

    the first sign of progress is when each computer can ping all other computers;
    get the IP ADDRESS of each (run->cmd /k ipconfig) and then
    using a list of your addresses, run->cmd /k ping $one-of-the-addresses
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