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Windows XP Pro computers can't connect

By SubKamran ยท 11 replies
Jan 27, 2004
  1. Argh, why does networking never work for me? :D

    I have 3 computers, all have Windows XP Pro.

    In my Local Area Connection for all 3, I have the Windows Networking service, File and Print Sharing service and the TCP/IP protocol.

    I disabled all firewalls and still no computer can access each other. There's a switch that has the 3 computers + a cable modem; internet works perfectly on all 3.

    The network is running at 100Mbps.

    Any ideas as to why nothing works? I'm accessing the default "SharedDocs" folder.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,452   +6

    What do you mean by "nothing works"? The computers don't boot up? You can't run your favourite game? Explorer crashes? Or do you mean that you can't see the other computers in the Network neighborhood maybe?

    All computers must belong to the same workgroup. You have to enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP in TCP/IP settings (enable, not set to automatic).
    Also, all computers need to have the same users with the same passwords or you have to share folders with "everyone" permissions.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,452

    Go into Computer Management/Local Users and Groups/Users
    Enter the username (and password if required) of the other PC's and give them the required rights.
    Make sure you go to the Shared directory and give these users access as required.
    Do this on all 3 PCs.
    That should do it.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,512   +65

    Alternatively, you should be able to browse another computers files by typing in the network name in explorer.

    Such as \\computer
  5. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    That's the problem Rick :) I can connect via remote desktop to any computer.

    I had a hunch it was the permissions and stuff. I'm going to set up my Windows Server 2003 PC again to see if that fixes it (it did last time :D)
  6. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    I can't set permissions. ? It won't let me. I right-click my C share and all it has it s "Refresh".

    I also can't right-click a share in Explorer and set permissions.

    PS. My Windows Server 2003 Enterprise computer can access all computers...
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,452

    In Explorer, right-click on the C-drive in the left window, this should give you all sort of options on a long dropdown menu.
    Select Sharing... and do your stuff there.
    If you don't get the drop-down menu, someone has messed up the Explore settings. You'll have to dig a bit deeper.
  8. bajan

    bajan TS Rookie

    hmm... you said that you can access the default share "SharedDocs" which means that everything, on the connections side of things, is OK.

    What you need to check now is that all 3 computers are on the same Workgroup. You can either do this manually by right-clickin on My Computer, then clicking Properties, and then click the Computer Name tab and then click the Change button. Once there you'll be able to change the name of the of the computer as the well as the workgroup that the computer should be a member of. They should all be on the same workgroup. OR, you can run the Networking Wizard which is built into XP which, as i have found numerous. fixes 90% of the problems. The Networking Wizard usually assigns the computer to a workgroup called "MSHOME". :rolleyes:

    Apart from that, there's a common problem with Peer-to-Peer networks (ie. it's not a Domain) where the computer which has been elceted as the "Master Browser" has to be restarted, or is disconnected from the network for some reason or other. When this happens it can cause problems when trying to browse for computers in the "My Network Places" window.

    To view more info on the Master Browser Election feature, and how to fix it or work around it, click here---> http://www.tomsnetworking.com/Sections-article64-page6.php

    Or if you prefer you can start from the begining of that article which actually addresses your exact problem.

    Hope that helps ;)
  9. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,452

    Hey Bajan,
    some great link!
    I was having problems with this Master Browser election. All sorted out now.
  10. Amer

    Amer TS Rookie

    Can't connect windows xp profesional to domain

    I'm using Windows 2000 Server (as a PDC and the only domain controller) on my network. I have Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP Pro clients.

    When I log on to the domain with a XP client all the network shares (and printers) work OK for a certain amount of time (I don't know exactly how long 2min-5min) but after that they stop working. If I try to connect to a network share I get this error message:

    The system detected a possible compromise in security. Please ensure that you can contact the server that authenticated you.

    If I log out and then log in again, everything works again. I don't have any problems with NT and 2000 clients and the domain server itself is available all the time.

    Any ideas? Thx in advance,

  11. jwr_1986

    jwr_1986 TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Netbt inaccesable (Excuse my horrible spelling)

    A day ago our company's file sharing network went down. We have a feeling that it's the master browser problem that you have been discussing. Like the great article, from the link by bajan, said I went around to try and find our master browser. None came up. one computer did fail to access netbt when I entered nbtstat -n . we suspect this computer is the problem and we are thinking of reinstalling xp. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  12. jwr_1986

    jwr_1986 TS Rookie Posts: 22

    That problem is worked out. I found out netbios was turned off in that computer. However our network still does not have a master browser. Thanks to all that have read this post and have been contemplating a solution.

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