Possible work-around . . .
This is the first time I have posted, and I am not a high-tech guy, but I
have all the same issues, and I've made a few observations I haven't seen on
any discussion group. I'll apologize in advance for running on a little.
My setup includes 2 wired desktops (XP SP2) and a new wireless laptop (VISTA
Home Prem) behind a Linksys router. I've done all the things I know to make
them talk to one another: manually set IP/DNS addresses, workgroup/computer
names, user accounts, permissions all around, firewall, etc.. The result is,
everything works SOMETIMES. It's always a surprise as to which PC's will be
So here's the twist (work-around). In one of my network's more lucid
moments, I went to each desktop and created a shortcut to one of the folders
I had shared manually. While sitting at each desktop, I moved the shortcuts
to the Public folder on my laptop. Now, even though I cannot see the
desktops on the VISTA network display, I can access the files on the desktops
by using the shortcuts.
Here's another observation. This morning, I can see one of the two desktops
in the VISTA network display (today's surprise). I opened a Word document on
the "invisible" PC using the shortcut I created yesterday. Now (GET THIS),
when I return to the VISTA network display, I still can't see the invisible
PC in the right (detail) pane, but it is now present in the left pane. If
anybody wants to see this, I did a print screen and saved the image to a
So, after a lot of self-doubt, frustration, and reading on-line, I'm
starting to think this may not be a bunch of user errors popping up all over
the internet. Any ideas, or something I'm missing?
> same here for me.....the only way that i see my desktop computer running xp
> pro sp2 on the network is if i click on "View full map".....but when i click
> on the icon of my desktop, nothing happens.....my network is set to private
> network, network discovery is on, file sharing is on, basically sharing and
> discovery is on....
> please help
> "fruitchunk" wrote:
> > in Network and Sharing Center > View full map, I see an icon with the name of
> > my desktop computer and nothing happens when I click on it.
> > -I'm using TCP/IPv4
> > -The network is set to private
> > "Steve Winograd [MVP]" wrote:
> > > In article <77FC0EAB-01D3-4206-924A-C73844B5E918@microsoft.com>,
> > > fruitchunk <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > >My desktop computer appears on the network map on my notebook, but I can't
> > > >access any files or printers.
> > > >
> > > >Here is a few notes:
> > > >- desktop computer is running Windows XP SP2, notebook is Vista home premium
> > > >- I installed "Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder" LLTD protocol on my
> > > >desktop
> > > >- both computers share the same workgroup and have different computer names
> > > >- file and printer sharing is enabled, network discovery is on
> > > >- windows firewall is off and I disabled Norton 360 temporarily
> > > >
> > > >Please help me!
> > >
> > > How are you trying to access the desktop's files and printers?
> > >
> > > What exactly happens why you do it?
> > >
> > > Have you gone to the Network and Sharing Center and made the right
> > > settings for file and printer sharing?
> > > --
> > > Best Wishes,
> > > Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)
> > >
> > > Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group
> > > for everyone to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions
> > > addressed directly to me in E-mail or news groups.
> > >
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> > >