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Okay I'll try to describe all this the best that I can, I'm just having problem after problem, so I'll try to get most of it.
The goal here is to set up file shares for my Movies and TV shows on my HTPC so I can run XBMC on my bedroom PC (will call it BRPC from here out) and have access to all of that. I turned on sharing on the HTPC (right click->share->homegroup) and then tried to access it on the BRPC it asked for a password. I looked all over to find out how to get around this because neither PC has a password on it. I turned password protected sharing on and off countless times to try to make it stick, eventually had to tick a couple boxes on the guest account to make the "Password protected sharing off" option actually stay. Rebooted both pcs, still asked for a password. I left the homegroup on both pcs, and it kept saying BRPC had a homegroup already created (even on BRPC which was trying to connect to it) So I restarted both and the homegroup is gone.
I tried pinging the computer to see if that would even work, and I found that if I ping HTPC-PC it says reply from 192.168.1.90, which is the BRPC. When I ping the BRPC it replies from 192.168.1.96, which is the HTPC. So now I tried connecting to \\192.168.1.96 instead of \\HTPC-PC because for some reason it's not looking at the routing correctly? I looked in my router management and it has the correct IP's for each system. Now it just says that I don't have access to the share (I'm guessing because I disabled the homegroup)
Created a new homegroup on BRPC, and now the HTPC says that there is no homegroup on the network.
I believe that this is covering everything, I know I'm terrible at describing things so hopefully it all makes sense lol. I thought this homegroup thing was supposed to make this all easier? I want to convert to linux, but I also use the HTPC for a living room gaming PC when I want to game from the couch. Would I be better off just running linux for XBMC and just booting to Windows when I do want to play a game? (It's not that often, XBMC is only thing running most of the time.)
Is there anyway to use a file share like that without using homegroup? I'm open to any suggestions, just so I can access the files.

Created a new homegroup on HTPC, joined it on BRPC, right back to asking for a password for the files. mad.gif
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Dont use Homegroup, and turn off all the file sharing passwords. Im not at home so i cant give you specific screens to do it on. Run an internal static IP setup on each machine and you should have no problem mapping drives from/to either machine. I have my 'network' setup as 'Work' in Win7, otherwise i couldnt map Win7 folders on my XP email server.
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When I turned homegroup off before and tried accessing the share it just said access denied. I never turned on any file sharing passwords either. I'll give it another shot. Should I change my network to 'work'? Think that would change access for files?

I was just going to give up and go the linux route but of course there are no drivers for my wireless adapter for linux frown.gif
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The reason you migt get denied, is you would need to either have the same login on all machines, or use alternate credentials to each machine when mapping a drive. When creating a share, you need to specify to allow Everybody to have Read/Write also. And on the router, make sure wireless clients arent firewalled from each other.
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The reason you migt get denied, is you would need to either have the same login on all machines, or use alternate credentials to each machine when mapping a drive. When creating a share, you need to specify to allow Everybody to have Read/Write also. And on the router, make sure wireless clients arent firewalled from each other.

Yeah I switched the sharing from the homegroup authorization to usernames, now I have no access over the network at all. No ping, no vnc, nothing. What I thought was so weird earlier was if I pinged 'HTPC-PC' it would ping 192.168.1.90 acting like it was working fine, when really the ip was *.96, and if I would ping that it would work fine.
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I cleared the list of devices in my router, hoping that would set it back to normal maybe? Didn't fix anything, still can't connect to each other, and now my laptop won't receive an IP for some reason?
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even with homegroup it will ask for a password if you try the old way in. you have to actually go to the homegroup listing in my computer and go in through there
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even with homegroup it will ask for a password if you try the old way in. you have to actually go to the homegroup listing in my computer and go in through there

Yeah I tried that before and it would show the folders that were shared, but then when I clicked on them it would ask for a password still. But now like I said my laptop won't even get an ip so I might just fully reset my router and start from scratch.....

Woot! Rebooted my router and everything started working. I guess somewhere along the line something fixed it (I think removing the homegroup) and I just had to restart it to get it working again. Thanks very much!
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No, set each machine to pull a specific (static, as in never changes) IP address. I have 5 machines running Win7, 1 running XP and 2 WinMo phones at home that all have access to my main file storage drive with no issues. When i get home, ill post screenies of each step.
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No, set each machine to pull a specific (static, as in never changes) IP address. I have 5 machines running Win7, 1 running XP and 2 WinMo phones at home that all have access to my main file storage drive with no issues. When i get home, ill post screenies of each step.

No need, I got it working. I know how to set static IP's I have one for the HTPC. Thanks for the help!
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