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Re: Help - Network Problem

Tom Benoit
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Sounds to me as if you have a port being blocked on your desktop...A similar
occurrence happened to me with a Win2k Server and a XP desktop. The only
solution I had
was to open a port thru the XP desktop or disable my firewall on the XP
desktop. I can't remember the name of the firewall I was using at the


"lizzieb" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Hi - I have tried everything I can think of to get a laptop and a desktop
> talking to each other so they can share the printer attached to the
> desktop but have failed. Have I missed something? The desktop is XP with
> Kaspersky, the laptop is vista with Norton 360 and both work fine
> independently via the router.
> I can ping the desktop from the wireless laptop but can't get a response
> when I ping the laptop from the desktop.
> I ran the xp network wizard on the desktop to make sure file and printer
> sharing were properly enabled and it was making itself visible on the
> network.
> I went into the Vista network & sharing centre and turned on file sharing.
> I couldn't enable printer sharing because there is no printer attached
> directly to the laptop.
> When viewing workgroup computers on the desktop I get the access denied
> message.
> When trying to view the network on the laptop I see the laptop connected
> to the router connected to the internet but that's all.
> I've set up four vista laptops on mixed networks and never had this
> problem before.
> I removed Norton but it didn't make any difference.
> I tried uninstalling and reinstalling all the 'uninstallable' protocols.
> The only one left would be the TCP/IP one which has to be reset - it can't
> be uninstalled.
> I ran spyware checks just in case something was blocking the connection.
> I even tried using another router in case the problem lay there but still
> no joy.
> I added my laptop (with XP) in the hope I could get the two XP machines to
> see each other but no. If I used the browse facility in the add a new
> network place option I could see and access the Vista laptop from my
> laptop but not the other way around and I couldn't see the desktop machine
> at all.
> All three could ping each other and reply to each other but when you try
> to view the the workgroup computers the Vista laptop only sees itself and
> the desktop returns the error that MSHOME is not accessible. I've run and
> rerun the network wizard as well.
> As I said I have run out of ideas so any suggestions would be very very
> welcome.
> Thanks
> Lizieb

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