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Just wanted to leave a follow up, on what I've done. I ran through a grocery list of things to do including changing out the cables, scanning for adware, fixing default gateways and DNS addresses, repairing adapters, and reinstalling Winsock. So it's hard to say what helped and what didn't, but in the end run the main problem appears to have been the TCP/IP. NetBIOS over TCP/IP continued to show up as disabled in ipconfig/all, although I had it checked as enabled in the properties. So I reinstalled TCP/IP. But everytime I'd reinstall it, everything would work fine (pinging both computers by name, everything listed in Net View, names appearing under the workgroup, and NetBIOS over TCP/IP status disappeared in Ipconfig/all). But everytime I'd reboot, Windows would say that it was not able to start normally, giving me the option to go into safe mode. I'd refix the LAN address and reenable NetBIOS over TCP/IP. Then when I'd reboot, Windows would restart, but NetBIOS over TCP/IP would again appear as disabled in Ipconfig/all, while enabled in properties. So apparently, I'm assuming that something in my startup menu was messing with it. I ran msconfig, disabled everything in startup, reinstalled TCP/IP and rebooted and everything seems to be running fine. My only problem now, is that the wireless laptop (computer #2) gives me a "system error 5" when I try to do a net view of the tower (computer #1, attached to the wireless router). Computer #1, however, is able to do a net view of both itself and computer #2. So, I'm going to look that up. Hopefully it's an easy fix! Have not tried connecting to the internet yet, either, so I'm crossing my fingers.

Anyhow, thank you very much for your help!! If you are aware of a quick fix for "system error 5" in net view, I'd appreciate any help.

- Scott
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Well, I was able to fix "System Error 5" with the following advice from a really great site at http://winhlp.com/wxnet.htm

Go to the computer which you cannot access, start a registry editor and change the following registry value.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
\SYSTEM
\CurrentControlSet
\Control
\Lsa
Value name: RestrictAnonymous
Value type: DWORD

If the value is 1 or even 2, change it to 0, reboot and retest. If the problem is solved, leave the value at zero. If not, you can change it back if you like.

Things were working great for a day or two, then I began to receive "System Error 6118", while using the net view command. All firewalls are turned off. Just wondering if you have any advice for this error.

Thanx!
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so if you do start > run > \\<servername>\<shared folder name> do you get access to the share? (<servername> is the name of the computer that you're wanting to access, <shared folder name> is self explanitory)...if not what if you replace <servername> with <server IP>
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dsenette -

I was able to communicate with the computer as you described. On further inspection, it turned out to be a computer browser issue. Along the way here, I've had command prompt, system restore, regedit, and now the computer browser disabled and have had to manually turn them back on. I'm assuming it was a virus. Unfortunately, I guess I'll have to just wait and see what else was turned off! Anyhow, thanx again.
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....so the browser service was stopped? on all computers? when you turn that back on...whta happens?
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no, only on the computer which is hardwired to the wireless router. this is the one which could ping out (computer a). The other one couldn't ping in (computer b). anyhow, just turned it back on (on computer a), and now everything works great. Finally! just a little concerned about what all else was affected by this virus. I'm having troubles with an LCD monitor, and I'm thinking that it might be related. The monitor freezes in the "on" position at random times. Could be electrical, but I've got a feeling that it might be software related. I'm going to start a new post requesting help.

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