Our computers can't see each other on the LAN.

By Envergure
Aug 30, 2007
  1. Hey guys.

    My brother and I finally realized we could send files over our LAN instead of using a flash drive all the time. It worked perfectly once, and now the computers can't access each other at all.

    I have: Windows XP Pro, AVG Free (antivirus)
    He has: Windows 2000, Norton Antivirus
    Network includes: Comtrend CT-5071 256kbit modem, D-Link DI-604 Ethernet Broadband Router

    Any suggestions are appreciated.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    You have an error of some kind in My Network Places. There is a very good trouble shooter, and help guide there... which you might want to try before you get too far afield.
  3. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    Can you ping each other?

    Disable Norton firstly, or configure it ... for this test just disable it.
    Browse from one PC to another via UNC path (\\ipaddressofpc\)

    Provided you are sharing a folder, this should open up a folder containing all shares of the PC. If you get prompted for a username/password make sure you create a local admin account on each PC that have exactly the same username/password. If you get an error saying path cannot be found, make sure all firewalls are disabled on both PC's and try again.

    This is a basic way to access files from other PC's. If this works, reserve the PC's IP addresses and map a network drive between the 2 PC's.

    Good luck and post back if you get stuck :grinthumb
  4. Envergure

    Envergure TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 134

    Yeah, I can ping him. And now they can see each other now, which is odd as I haven't really done anything yet (but I'm not complaining). All firewalls and antiviruses are still up. If I figure out what was going on I'll post back.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Shutdown all PCs on the network next time that happens. Unplug the router power then turn it back on. Turn on 1 PC at a time.. Router could have incountered something and it cut off the network. It can happen..
  6. Kimmers

    Kimmers TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Don't know if this helps but we had a similar issue with transferring files and we got a program called network magic it came in really handy for us
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Network Magic is decent software, but over priced when they bill you after the 30 day free period.
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    LANState is more professional than Network Magic.. Although it's more for network monitoring management.

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