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So I am setting up my new laptop on my network. I was trying to share my music folder across the network. (Desktop is running XP Media Center, lappy running XP Pro)

Laptop is on wireless, Desktop is wired to a switch which goes to the router. I have already run the "network setup wizard" on the lappy, so both computers have the same network name. When I set up a shared folder on the desktop's hard drive, i can see it in Network Places from my desktop. However, I cannot see it from the laptop, and have not been able to add it manually (using \\\\NetworkName\\SharedFolderName)

Conversely,from the desktop I can see a shared folder I set up on the laptop.

I am not sure what I am doing wrong here, can someone help me out?
    
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So I am setting up my new laptop on my network. I was trying to share my music folder across the network. (Desktop is running XP Media Center, lappy running XP Pro)

Laptop is on wireless, Desktop is wired to a switch which goes to the router. I have already run the "network setup wizard" on the lappy, so both computers have the same network name. When I set up a shared folder on the desktop's hard drive, i can see it in Network Places from my desktop. However, I cannot see it from the laptop, and have not been able to add it manually (using NetworkNameSharedFolderName)

Conversely,from the desktop I can see a shared folder I set up on the laptop.

I am not sure what I am doing wrong here, can someone help me out?

Well, im not sure if this is the issue, but the first glaring problem i see is your manual add is wrong. \\\\COMPUTERNAME\\SharedFolderName. Give that a try.
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Oops. Well, tried that and no dice.

Incidentally, when I click on "View workgroup computers" in Network Places(using the desktop), I can see both the desktop and the laptop. If I try to view workgroup computers from the laptop, I get an error that says "NetworkName is not accessible. you might not have permission to use this network resource..."
    
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Oops. Well, tried that and no dice.

Incidentally, when I click on "View workgroup computers" in Network Places(using the desktop), I can see both the desktop and the laptop. If I try to view workgroup computers from the laptop, I get an error that says "NetworkName is not accessible. you might not have permission to use this network resource..."
Go back and double check that you got the network name excatly the same on the laptop (check capatolization as well as spelling). The other thing that i can think of, is sometimes XP won't play nice and share files if both PC's aren't sharing something, so make sure you share something (even an empty folder) on the laptop, and make sure that you've rebooted both workstations.
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I know that this is no help, but I fiddled with a very similar situation for hours upon hours and never got it figured out.

But vista took care of it nicely.
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hm, idk what else to try. I have rebooted multiple times, and I am sharing folders from my laptop just fine. Now what is happening is when I type in the \\\\computername\\foldername and click next, the window hangs for a while, gets greyed out, and eventually tells me the folder name is not valid.

Could it be a problem with one of the firewalls or the router? Seems like if it was the router, the problem would be going both ways? Could it be that my laptop firewall is blocking a port that I need open?
    
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