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Macbook-XP PC wireless connection problem

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I have a macbook pro running snow leopard and a desktop xp and an xp laptop with a netgear wireless router. I am trying to get the MBP properly connected to the network.
I think I have set up the shared permissions correctly as the laptop and desktop communicate with each other without a problem. When I look at the shared items on the MBP, I can see the laptop and read and write to its shared folder. However, when I click on the desktop, all I get is "Connecting " in the dark grey bar and nothing happens.
I can ping the desktop from the MBP and the MBP from the desktop.
When I try printing to a Canon IP1000 connected to the desktop via USB from the MBP, I get no result. I can apparently setup the printer on the MBP as it allows me to select the printer, select a driver and the printer appears as the default printer to the MBP. When I send a job to the printer , the job appears in the print queue for the MBP as "Printing" but nothing prints. I have no trouble printing from the laptop.
Seems to me I am missing some vital setting on the desktop pc that is causing the problems.
Any help greatly appreciated.
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