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Networking and file sharing problem

Discussion in 'Networks' started by law123, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. law123

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    Hello all I have been trying for a few days now and I cannot seem to be able to share files between computers.

    I am running Windows XP PRO with Sp2 update on both.
    I have Norton System Works 2005 & Norton Personal Firewall on both PCs.
    I also have a Mentor FR4II Router http://www.bona.com.tw:8080/product/ADSL-FR4II.htm

    I have been able to share a broadband connection without any problem but I cannot Share files or folders.

    I have run windows network wizard with no luck.

    I have also not used the Router and used a wired connection through using 2 NICs in one PC and one in the other and using a crossover cable again after a little problem with limited or no connection I got to share the broadband connection. Something to do with same IP so changed IP on host PC.

    I am not to sure what I am just doing it all wrong.

    After I have run windows network wizard on both machines I have done the following :-

    Start\All Programs\Accessories\Windows Explorer\My Network Places\Entire Network\MSHome. Then I get told I don’t have permissions. I have tried right clicking on file selecting Sharing and security and set permissions there I think :unsure

    Can anyone help PLEASE
     
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  2. Bluerinse
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    Just a few ideas to get the ball rolling...

    Firstly disable or uninstall Norton until you have resolved this, as it is probably the culprit that is breaking the communication.

    Have you created accounts with the same username and password on both machines?

    Turn off simple file sharing.

    Are both machines in the same workgroup?

    Is file and printer sharing enabled on both machines?

    Have you shared a folder?
     
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  3. _omni_

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    are your computers on the same subnet?
    try disabling the firewalls and see if that works.
     
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  4. law123

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    Answers to blue rinse as follows:-

    Yes I have tried this but I was not sure should I be logged in on the same account on both PCs.

    Could you explain how to do as I am not sure if I have done this.

    Yes they are booth in the same workgroup.

    Yes I have done this when running windows network wizard.

    I think that I have a shared folder I have also tried to share a HD. Not certain of this but I have what looks like a hand below anything I have tried to share.
     
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  5. law123

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    This question is at you OMNI what do you mean by the same subnet can you please explain how to check this and set it if different
     
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  6. _omni_

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    type ipconfig at a command prompt it will look something like this:

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.166
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1

    do it on both computers.
    if you have a 192.168 address like the above, make sure it is the same on both computers (except for the last part (in my case 166)).
     
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  7. _omni_

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    to turn off simple file sharing, go: windows explorer > tools > folder options > view (tab) > scroll down to the bottom and clear the Use simple file sharing checkbox.
     
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  8. Bluerinse
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    law, as has been said already but just to reiterate, make sure that Norton firewall and XP built in firewall are disabled until you have proper connectivity and can share folders/printers etc.

    The default behaviour of many firewalls is to block communication. That includes communication you want.

    The XP firewall was probably either disabled or configured to allow communication on your local LAN when you ran the wizard. However, Norton would have to be configured manually. So uninstall it or disable it whilst you are troubleshooting.
     
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  9. Baba O'Riley

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    I'd love to try and help you Law, but I've got this enormous pile of knitting to get through...
     
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  10. law123

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    LOL And I thought you were one of the ones that did help and I did say thx to the ones that helped.

    :oops:
     
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  11. Baba O'Riley

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    :D I know, just kidding! :D
     
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  12. law123

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    Thx for the help I have finally been able to network the computers. I disabled Norton while I was running the windows network wizard and then tried some basic file sharing with the 2 PCs. The only problem I have now is that I can only print from the PC that the printer is connected too. I have enabled file and print sharing. The other PC can see the printer but will not print from it.

    The little Devil :devilflam
     
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  13. Bluerinse
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    Have you loaded the printer drivers on the other computer?
     
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  14. law123

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    Yes

    :devilflam
     
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  15. Bluerinse
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    What exactly is the error message?
     
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