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mikej101

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I've got a weird problem that is bugging me something rotten.
I've got 5 PC's connected as a workgroup via a Netgear 8 port switch which is connected to the Internet via a BT Versatility Hub/Router.
All machines are running static IP's which makes it easier to setup firewall.
All the computers can access the Internet.
4 of the machines appear in the 'view workgroup computers' - the 5th one is not there. However, I can access the 5th machine from any of the others by typing the path \\machinename and can then view all the shared files and folders. I can also access the '4' from the'5th' by using the same '\\computername' method.
I would like to be able to see the 5th machine in the 'workgroup computers'.
Anyone got any ideas as to why it will not appear?
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What ! Nobody has any ideas !
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It's standard "feature" of Windows networking :whistling:

It's very common that Windows computers have problems broadcasting their names over network.

To solve this problem you need WINS or DNS server on Windows or Linux (you can use Samba for WINS server).

Much easier workaround will be just placing shortcut icons to these machines :blink:
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