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I am directly connnected to the internet, my father is on a laptop wirelessly connected. We would like to share an external hard drive between the two computers, how exactly do I go about doing that? Both computers are Win XP Pro
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A) Do you already have the external hd?
B) If answer is yes, do you have external hd connected to either machine?
C) Do you have both machines setup on the same WORKGROUP already?
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Yes, I already have an external hard driv, its connected to one of the machines and I don't know ow to set up both machines on the same workgroup. I'm very new with networking. Thanks in advance.

Love and Peace,

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Give This tutorial by SpaceCowboy706 a read, it's got just about everything you'd need to know about setting up a workgroup between your computers
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Where exactly would I start on there, its pretty long.
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where do you normally start? at the beginning....if you see steps that you've already done...continue on to the next step
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Windows XP makes it fairly easy to network and share files and folders. The wizard guides you through it for the most part, and if you have a jump drive or disc handy, you can just make a Network disc from it and plug it in to the other computer to set up the network there. It is fairly simple to set up, then you just have to select what files you want to share (aka whatever drive name the external hard drive is).
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i couldn't get WEP to work, it caused connectivity problems with my dads laptop.
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For now, leave WEP off, it can be added later but get your functionality working first.
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I realize what I did wrong, I forgot to add his MAC address to the MAC Address Filter
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I still for the life of me can't get any files shared or the printer networked. I followed the guide and I search for the printer and/or file I want to access on the network and all I get is "Microsoft Windows Network without anything in it".
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Try going to a command prompt and trying to ping the machine that has shared files on the drive. If ping is successful, open a run prompt and type: "//<ip of shared machine>" and see what happens.
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i did a PING on it had to google it. and got this, http://img443.images...e=ippinglw2.jpg

What exactly do I do next? What exactly do I type?

Edited by Maleboe, 26 April 2007 - 12:28 AM.

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Well, that's good, you are getting response so the machines can speak to each other. You blocked out the IP address in the pic, so i can't give you an exact string to type in the run window, but, for instance if the ip you bleeped out were 192.168.0.101, you would click the start>run buttons, and in the run box you would type:

//192.168.0.101

At this point, it will try to locate a shared folder on that machine, and if login credentials are needed, it should pop up a window saying so..
If there's a shared printer on that computer it should show it too. Try that and post back with results.
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http://img442.images...untitledno1.jpg <---- Thats what I got
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