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warcholc

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I am having trouble getting my computers to see each other. When I go to network neighborhood and "Mshome", I get the error message "Mshome is not accessible". I have unistalled all 3rd party virus protection, turned off all firewalls I know about, shared my directories, but I can't even get to the base workgroup. I am running Windows XP I my main desktop, have another computer hard wired through a router, and a laptop connected over a wireless router. None of them can see each other. They all are listed as the Mshome workgroup. All of them can get to the internet, and I can print from the remote desktop and laptop to the printer connected to the main desktop, I just can't see the other compters to share files. I went through the Network Setup tutorial and it didn't help. Please help.
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Are all the systems in the same subnet?

Open up a command window on each PC, enter ipconfig /all and verify this.

If they are not, then there lays your problem.

If they are then try pinging one of the ip addresses.
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Thanks for the reply, the subnet masks are the same. I tried to ping between computers and that did not work. I noticed the IP addresses don't seem consistent. For instance my main machine is like this:

IP Address: XXX.YYY.123.102

and my laptop is like this,

IP Address: XXX.YYY.2.15

Where XX and YYY are the same. It seems to me that 3rd set of numbers should also be the same. I don't know the IP address for the 3rd machine off hand (I'm not home now).

I have two computers hard wired to the router and the laptop wireless off the same router. The IP address for the laptop I believe is being randomly assigned by the router.
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IP Address: XXX.YYY.123.102

and my laptop is like this,

IP Address: XXX.YYY.2.15



That is your problem... they are are in different IP groups and will not see each other in a workgroup environment. Are they set statically or are you using DHCP? If DHCP then I am assuming you have two DHCP servers providing IPs.

You would have to create a trust relationship between the IP addresses and I am not sure you can accomplish that in a workgroup environment.
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How dumb am I?

Although the IP address should have been a dead give away, it wasn't until Tonight that I realized my problem. My internet connection went out a week ago for a couple days, so I reprioritized my available wireless networks for my laptop to sponge off my neighbor. I forgot to change it back so I have been loggin into his router all week. I guess its hard to network to your desktop when your connecting to a different router. Anyway, problem solved thanks for the reply.

I do still get "Mshome not available" when I go through network neighborhoods for some reason, which is kind of annoying, but if I just type \\computer name in the address bar I can get to the other computers on my network. It would be nice to fix this problem, but the workaround is easy enough. Anyway, thanks again.
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Same here.

Just add to network (which work before) new Lenovo laptop.
On LAPTOP side - can not open MSHOME and can not see itself!
Tried all options - do not help.

Same time my PC can see LAPTOP folder in MSHOME but can not open it.

ANY IDEAS???
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