(2 Dell Dimensions, 1 Emachine w/Netgear card. Linksys WRT54GS router, Linksys Cable modem, all hardwired)
It was working flawlessly for 3 years, and now it keeps giving me grief.
I can't say exactly what has changed lately, but I keep getting several problems
when I try to access the network from any of the three machines.
Typically, after I reboot all 3 machines, it works for a while.
Then, it will stop working.
For example, I sometimes I can see the remote machine, but when I try to copy/paste or drag/drop, it locks up, causing windows explorer to die and reset.
Other times it tells me I don't have permission to access the network (I am Admin on all 3 boxes, always have been).
Yet other times it tells me the network is not available.
Once this problem occurs, it 'spreads' to the other machines. They may work for one or two transfers, but then they too can't access the network.
I have to reboot all three machines to resolve this.
I have checked all three machines
- the NIC cards appear good
- the drivers are up to date
- 'simple file sharing' is off (always has been)
- all machines have windows firewall on
- all machines have Norton Antivirus 2009
- the router seems good.
I'm at my wits' end.
Please offer any help that you can as it only seems to go down when I need it most.