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Can't access workgroup (networking)


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rlogan

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Hi,

I have put together a wired network at home that consists of a wireless router (with access point disabled) and 2 PCs.
Basically, I'm able to simultaneously access and surf the internet with both computers.

The problem i have is that, from one of the 2 computers, PC1, i cannot access the workgroup that both computers are on; it says i may not have permission. (I'm logged on as system administrator). Note: from PC1, i can ping both the router (192.168.1.1) PC2 (192.168.1.3).

From the second computer, PC2, i can access the workgroup and i can see both computers on there. From PC2, i can ping the router (192.168.1.1). However, i cannot ping PC1 (192.168.1.2).

The router is provisioned to be DHCP.

Please help.

Thanks,

Rich
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For one, please tell me your operating systems. If one is Vista and one is XP, it could be a problem that takes some time to fix. Make sure you have sharing enabled on both computer for the area connection. Every little detail can help!
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For one, please tell me your operating systems. If one is Vista and one is XP, it could be a problem that takes some time to fix. Make sure you have sharing enabled on both computer for the area connection. Every little detail can help!

Hi,
Both PCs are running the XP operating system.
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I'm having the exact same problem.... Anyone else have ideas on this?

I've tried a bunch of troubleshooting steps from various websites, but nothing seems to work.

Thanks,

Liz
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firewall or internet securitym can block workgroup computers in network. Try disabling the firewall from the computer that cannot ping the other computer.

Disabling the firewall using msconfig:

click start>run>type msconfig
under services tab put a check on hide all microsoft services
uncheck all the boxes relating to your internet security or firewall (e.g. NORTON or Symantec, Mcafee, Trend etc)
click apply and close
reboot the computer


You can also try to uninstall the internet security in add>remove programs and see if it will isolate the problem. Anyway, you can install them back in if you need them anytime.

Make sure that the computer name for each computer in workgroup is unique and the workgroup name should be the same. I know you knew this already but double check it, i am a victim of this a lot of times already.
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firewall or INTERNET security can block work group computers in network. Try disabling the firewall from the computer that cannot ping the other computer.

You need to set the fire wall in the computer that can not be seen. (the one you can not ping).
You may also wish to read this article from Microsoft.
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Hey, I'm no expert, but what worked for me (after trying a million other things) was simply rebooting my router....

Good luck!
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