There can be other items inviolved, however, take a look at the following first :
Start by hooking all comps up with cat5 cables as a wired type system, then,
(this applys to 3 machines--one ME, one XP pro and one Xp home)
First and formost, make sure there is no firewall software running! XP has built in PFW.Turn off the Internet Connection Firewall ICF in the advanced settings for the Lan Connection. Check for Norton Internet Security AV/Firewall, BlackIce, ZoneAlarm, et al.
Next, check your XP networking setup:(link outdated)
Although this link says to set netbios over tcp/ip to "default", follow the instructions below...
Turn on "Simple file sharing" on the XP machine. Open explorer, click tools, click folder options, click the view tab and scroll down until you see "Use simple file sharing" then check the box..
For the duration of testing, enable the Guest account on XP. If all works, you can deal with that issue later (username/passwords for everyone on every PC)
Client for Microsoft Networks needs to be the primary network logon for all other machines
All machines are in the same workgroup
Enable NetBios over TCP/IP in WIndows XP
Step 1: Turn On NetBIOS over TCP/IP. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections. Click Network Connections.
Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties. Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties. Click the General tab, and then click Advanced. Click the WINS tab. Under NetBIOS setting, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times. Click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box. Close the Network Connections window.
Step 2: Start the Computer Browser Service Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage. In the console tree, expand Services and Applications.
Click Services. In the right details pane, verify that the Computer Browser service is started, right-click Computer Browser, and then click Start. Close the Computer Management window.
and on the PRO box
disable simplified sharing
Run local security policy editor from control panel admin tools and set the local policy, Network Access or security options (or security options, network access): Let everyone permissions apply to anonymous users, to enabled and make sure guest account is enabled
on the XP machine
Start | Programs | Administrative Tools | Local Security Policy
Security options, network access--sharing and security model for local accounts
Change this to "Classic Mode - Local users Authenticate as Themselves" (as opposed to "Guest only" the default model)
this fix will be applied after a restart
If you use the second option add the username and password that you use to log on to the ME box to the XP box, so that user is on both machines, and give that user permissions to the shares
The above is only a start, other items have to be considered also, however, its a good idea to try to do these basic things first...
Edited by djgotee, 28 May 2005 - 05:07 PM.