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Old 10-29-04, 07:58 PM
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Some networking help!

Me and my roomates have a network going with our 3 computers. The DSL modem we have is working as the router. (all 3 computers are plugged into it.)

One of my roomates recently re-installed his OS (WinXP Pro) and since he did; me and the other roomate have not been able to access each others computers, yet he is able to access ours.

I don't know a whole lot about networking, but I know it's definitely not a firewall issue, becuase we made sure there wasn't one enabled on any of the computers.

I've tried power-cycling the DSL modem a few times, but am not really sure what else to try.

I'm running Win2K in my system and whenever I try to access the network it just ends up timing out after about 2 or 3 minutes with a message that says something like "mshome is not accessible.......The specified network name is no longer available"

It would kick ass if you guys could help me out!

edit: damn I just noticed I misspelled networking in the thread title, guess I can't change it?

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Old 10-29-04, 08:08 PM
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All the machines are able to access the internet right? It's just that now the other two machines can't connect to file shares on the XP Pro machine?

Can you ping the XP Pro machine? Also, you guys checked the built-in firewall that comes with XP right?
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Are the systems part of the SAME workgroup ? Typed EXACTLY the same ?

Make sure, that the computer names are UNIQUE on the network (i.e. if 2 or more system have the same name , it does NOT work, they cannot talk to each other)

In XP, to check, right click on the "MyComputer" Icon on the desktop and seledt "properties">Computer Name tab> Check the "WorkGroup"
XP's default workgroup name is "MSHOME" and Windows 9x is "Workgroup"


In Win 98, Control Panel>Network Icon

You may also need to setup the users in XP
Old 10-29-04, 08:28 PM
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Originally posted by belboz
All the machines are able to access the internet right? It's just that now the other two machines can't connect to file shares on the XP Pro machine?

Can you ping the XP Pro machine? Also, you guys checked the built-in firewall that comes with XP right?
Yeah, all the machines are still able to access the internet, it's just the file shares on the XP pro machine. I think I'm able to ping it, our LAN IP is 192.168.0.1 and that get's all 4 packets back. The built in firewall is disabled on the other machine.



Originally posted by 68ShelbyGT500KR
Are the systems part of the SAME workgroup ? Typed EXACTLY the same ?

Make sure, that the computer names are UNIQUE on the network (i.e. if 2 or more system have the same name , it does NOT work, they cannot talk to each other)

In XP, to check, right click on the "MyComputer" Icon on the desktop and seledt "properties">Computer Name tab> Check the "WorkGroup"
XP's default workgroup name is "MSHOME" and Windows 9x is "Workgroup"


In Win 98, Control Panel>Network Icon

You may also need to setup the users in XP
The systems are a part of the same workgroup, MSHOME is the workgroup. My machine is something like jason-d4z03x0lw and the other two are similar except with their names. I'm going to try setting up new users and see if it helps anything.

Thanks for the suggestions so far.
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I hate to bump my own thread from so long ago. But I haven't had alot of time to mess around with this and try to get it up and going....also haven't been able to have access to all the computers until now that my roomates are all home.


The user profiles didn't work....I also upgraded my OS from Win2K to Win XP Pro, and since I've done that i'm able to get MSHOME to come up (after a few minutes) but cannot view the individual computers. I've installed SP2 and tried to re-run the network setup wizard a few times with no luck

the EXACT error message that i'm getting is:

"mshome is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. The specified network name is no longer available"

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Is the share enabled on the host computer? Is there a folder being shared?
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Originally posted by namja
Is the share enabled on the host computer? Is there a folder being shared?
yeah, share is enabled. The host computer is not able to get on the network either, yet my other roomate's computer is able to access both mine and the host computer's shared folders.
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Try this:
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;177078
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Does it matter what computer I'm running that on?

It keeps changing the IRPStackSize back to Hexadecimal right after I change it.
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I'm a Network Engineer and I read all of the networking threads. You know, they are never "Help! My OC-192 is down with L-RDI's!" or "Eeek! How do I tweak my BGP parameters in inet.2 to prefer a backup path?" or "Gakk! My WAN-PHy 10GE is throwing B1's in my OADMs wrapper!" or even "How do I allot my IPv6 /48 in suballocatios given the problem of spare address spaces and the remote neighbor discovery dos?"

Sorry I can't be more useful.
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thanks for the input...but I think my BGP parameters in inet.2 are fine......
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in windows explorer, tools, folder options, view .

is the "use simple file sharing" option checked on any of the computers?

i'm guessing, its unchecked. if thats the case, then it needs to password authenticate any network computers trying to access it, meaning that unless you setup user accounts, you won't be able to connect to the computers.

try enabling the "use simple file sharing" on all computers, and then see if you can access the computers. it should work.

if it doesn't, i never claimed to know what i was talking about.
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Originally posted by Jam Master Jay
Does it matter what computer I'm running that on?

It keeps changing the IRPStackSize back to Hexadecimal right after I change it.
That needs to be done on the host computer.

It's not 'changing' to hexadecimal. Each value can e entered hexadecimal or as decimal. You should enter 15 as decimal, which equals F in hexadecimal.
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Originally posted by Jam Master Jay


thanks for the input...but I think my BGP parameters in inet.2 are fine......
You thought wrong. Your computer will kill you tonight. I'm sorry .

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