Win 2k Pro can't see Win XP Home

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Guest, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I set up a wireless network at home. The wireless router is attached to my
    Win XP Home machine and I have a Win 2k Pro machine with a wireless adapter.
    I have a printer on the XP machine that I want to use from the Win 2k

    - The Win 2k machine can see the router just fine.

    - The Win 2k can access the internet via broadband on the Win XP just fine.
    So the wireless adapter works.

    - both machines have the same workgroup name.

    - sometimes the Win 2k can see the Win XP. Then I reboot the Win 2k, and it
    does not see it anymore. I never know what will happen when I reboot the Win
    2k. I go to Entire Network->Microsoft Windows Network->Workgroup Name and
    click on the workgroup name. Sometimes the Win XP computer name is there,
    sometime not.

    - When the Win XP computer name is there and I go to add a printer, the Win
    2k can never see the shared printer on the Win XP. Yes, the printer is

    This is driving me bonkers!!!! Any help would be appreciated.
    Guest, Mar 15, 2005
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    Chuck Guest


    Check for a browser conflict between the 2 computers. I"m not talking about
    Internet Explorer here. The browser is the program that allows any computer to
    see any other computer on the LAN. On a 2 computer LAN, you should have the
    browser running on only 1 computer.

    Make sure the browser service is running on one of the computers. Control Panel
    - Administrative Tools - Services. Verify that the Computer Browser, and the
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper, services both show with Status = Started. Disable the
    browser service (only the browser service) on the other computer.

    After checking / disabling / enabling as above, power both computers off to
    reset the browser settings on each. Once both computers have been powered off,
    power them back on.

    The Microsoft Browstat program will show us what browsers (I'm not talking about
    Internet Explorer here) you have in your domain / workgroup, at any time.

    You can download Browstat from either:

    Browstat is very small (40K), and needs no install. Just unzip the downloaded
    file, copy browstat.exe to any folder in the Path, and run it from a command
    window, by "browstat status". Make sure all computers list the same master
    For more information about the browser subsystem (very intricate), see:

    Paranoia comes from experience - and is not necessarily a bad thing.
    My email is AT DOT
    actual address pchuck sonic net.
    Chuck, Mar 15, 2005
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