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I have a weird (and I'm sure rare) issue that I can't figure out. I have two computers (1 desktop, 1 laptop). They are connected to my home network as follows:

- Desktop (XP Pro) connected to a switch EZXS55W that is connected to a Wireless Ethernet Bridge WET54G which connects it to my router WRT54GL
- Laptop (XP Pro) connected to my router through it's wireless connection.

Here is my problem. I'm unable to RDP into my desktop from the laptop. I can ping it and I can browse it's shared folders using the run command but I can not RDP in. It's not a firewall issue as I've tried with them off and yes I have all the necessary options checked to allow RDP sessions including giving my account a password. I changed the listening port for RDP on the Desktop so that I can RDP in remotely from outside my network to both my Desktop and Laptop (for port forwarding).

Now I seem to have this issue everytime I rebuild my desktop. I don't know how it gets fixed but it's almost as if over time it just seems to work (don't ask me how).

Btw I've tried connecting by name AND IP and I know I'm using the right address convention (computername:RDP port number) as I can RDP into my laptop from outside my network just fine.
Edited by PuffinMyLye - 6/10/08 at 11:59am
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so you set up port forwarding for port xyz to your laptop and port abc to your desktop and it only works for your laptop?

when you try to rdp into your desktop do you get an error or does it just say someting like "host not found"?
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so you set up port forwarding for port xyz to your laptop and port abc to your desktop and it only works for your laptop?

when you try to rdp into your desktop do you get an error or does it just say someting like "host not found"?
No I can't RDP interally or externally. This is not a port forwarding issue as I can't RDP in from inside my network. Also, when I try to RDP I hit connect and then the RDP window just goes away. I just rebuild the OS from scratch yesterday and I'm fully updated with Windows Updates.
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hmm...i would doublecheck your settings in rdp, allow users to connect with this machine remotely, or whatever the option is called. also you said its not a firewall issue correct? is there a firewall on the laptop?
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do you have another machine you could test it out on? maybe the laptop is the one with the problem, not the desktop
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hmm...i would doublecheck your settings in rdp, allow users to connect with this machine remotely, or whatever the option is called. also you said its not a firewall issue correct? is there a firewall on the laptop?
Trust me that's the first place I checked that's not it. And no I have no firewalls on either computer. I also disabled windows firewall for a day to see if that was the issue but it wasn't.

EDIT: Also I just tried it again and this is what happens when I try to RDP in. When I hit connect, all the buttons and the whole RDP window goes gray for 1-2 seconds as if it's attempting to connect and then stops and returns to it's original state as if I cancelled it. Nothing happens.
Edited by PuffinMyLye - 6/10/08 at 12:08pm
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I don't have a second windows machine that I could try this on, but here are some suggestions.

Are you trying to RDC? Because RDP is a service?

Make sure you have the serviceses needed for RDC'ing on both laptops enabled.
All DNS, DHCP, or Network services, just to be safe. May want to enable secondary login and other credentials.
Try using the IP address instead of the Hostname, and vice-a-versa.
Try connecting the two PC's directly using a crossover cable and see if it works.
Set up Static IP address for both computers.
Be sure to enable them in the Firewall for windows or whatever software firewall you use.
Are you trying to login as a user that is already logged in, try a new user.

That is about all I have.

I could probably come up with some more in a few.
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I don't have a second windows machine that I could try this on, but here are some suggestions.

Are you trying to RDC? Because RDP is a service?

Make sure you have the serviceses needed for RDC'ing on both laptops enabled.
All DNS, DHCP, or Network services, just to be safe. May want to enable secondary login and other credentials.
Try using the IP address instead of the Hostname, and vice-a-versa.
Try connecting the two PC's directly using a crossover cable and see if it works.
Set up Static IP address for both computers.
Be sure to enable them in the Firewall for windows or whatever software firewall you use.
Are you trying to login as a user that is already logged in, try a new user.

That is about all I have.

I could probably come up with some more in a few.

RDC is enabled on both machines. I've already tried IP's instead of names. I don't have a crossover cable and all the computer already have static IP's. There is no firewall software of any kind enabled (including windows firewall). User accounts have nothing to do with it because it never even gets that far, I never even get to enter a username/password.

In terms of all the DNS, DHCP, Network Services, I don't know where to check if those are enabled but considering I just installed XP Pro fresh a day ago and haven't made any changes I doubt that's the issue.
Edited by PuffinMyLye - 6/10/08 at 5:03pm
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Can you try SSH'ing (use putty and ssh server or something) into each machine?
If SSH doesn't work, then I don't know.
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Can you try SSH'ing (use putty and ssh server or something) into each machine?
If SSH doesn't work, then I don't know.
What is SSH?
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