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Okay, I've tried in the past but cannot get file and printer sharing to work, never mind not being able to see others on the network. The network name is BURN, and all PCs are configured with File and Printer sharing. However, I get an error every time I try to see who else is on the network, saying that I don't have permission to access the network resources. What's up with this, and can I fix it?
 

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How many computers on your network?
Are you using a router/DHCP?
Have you shared resources on the computers (sharing folders)?
Can you ping the other computer(s)?
Have you tried disabling any software firewalls?
What are the IP addresses of the other computers?
How are you trying to browse the network when you get the error?
 

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Networking 3 computers, 2 wireless and 1 wired (mine). I'm using the Linksys Wireless-B router, I've shared My Documents on my PC and some on the others, I have not tried to ping the other computers, I will give that a shot tomorrow. I haven't disabled any software firewalls, but I will tomorrow and see what happens.
 

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Hey, I didn't read the file that was posted, so I don't know if this is a repeat of that.
Anyway, do you have .NET set up? (I assume you do since you have an ATI card.) And if so, do you have administrator passwords on all of the computers, or do you not bother? If not, set up the administrator password on all of the computers involved. Then, when you go to map a network drive, right click on the computer name you want to access and click Explore. It should prompt you for a username and password. Just connect as Administrator and use the pass you set up. If security isn't an issue in the house, check the box that says Remember Password." then you should be able to map whatever drive is shared and not have to bother with the passwords again.
 

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I don't think I have admin passwords set up...Is this a user with admin privelages, or is it the main admin? How do I go about setting the password up on XP Home and Media Center?
 

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The admin on each computer.
Go to the control panel and double click users. Find the administrator account and assign it a password. I'm pretty sure in XP Home you just click on it once and a menu appears to the side of it. Assign it a password. Then go to another computer, and go through the Map Netowrk Drive option like I mentioned. When prompted, use administrator as the username and whatever password you set up. It should open up a windows explorer window that will show the drives that are shared.
 

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Okay, sounds good, thanks! I'll do this once I get home today.

Okay, I did that, but I can see all the PC's on one PC, but not on my PC. I also am not able to map any network drives at all.

I might also add, that My PC is running XP Pro, another's running XP Home, and yet another is running Media Center.
 

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Oh. Did you run the network setup wizard on all of the computers? Go to My Network places and on the left click the set up a small home or office network, and make sure you're all on the same workgroup. Make sure you do this on all of the computers. I'm not familiar with the Media Center addition, so I would see if you can set it up like that on the MCE one, and if it doen'st work, then run the Windows XP cd on the media center computer and use the network setup option from the cd.
 

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Ran it on my PC, ran fine. Ran it on another one, using Home, got "cannot complete the network setup." I use "This computer connects to the internet through a residential gateway or thru another computer on my network" for all of the PCs I'm setting it up on.
 

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Ran it on my PC, ran fine. Ran it on another one, using Home, got "cannot complete the network setup." I use "This computer connects to the internet through a residential gateway or thru another computer on my network" for all of the PCs I'm setting it up on.

That's the right setup. Did it give an error telling you why, or is that all it said?
Looking abck over the thread... is there a software firewall running when you try the network setup?
 

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Not too much of an error, although it is on wireless, so I had to click on the ignore hardware box in the beginning because I have an ethernet port onboard...Could that be the root of the problem?
 

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Not too much of an error, although it is on wireless, so I had to click on the ignore hardware box in the beginning because I have an ethernet port onboard...Could that be the root of the problem?

Well, that's easy enough to check. Go to my network places, right click on the ethernet connection and disable it. Then you'll need to do it through the wireless. Also, make sure that the wireless is connected to the router with no problems. If it's not connected and setup already, you may want to set everything up with no encryption. Just leave the network wide open for anyone to connect with a wireless card. Once we have everything setup and working, then we can add encryption and security.
 

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A helpful hint would be to check your firewall settings. Actually, the built in Windows Network Setup dealie is actually pretty good. I got my home network to work at my old house with printer sharing and all. Biggest problem would have to be setting up router and permissions. If all else fails, you could just turn off Nort Int Security every time you wish to share printers. I'd consider that a last resort. Im sure plenty of these guys here know alot more than me and could help you further. Theres my best shot! Haha.

p.s. Different OS's does make the process a tad more difficult.

-BumBum
 

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What really stinks is when you have about an hour's time window to do this stuff, and I had many other things to do other than this. Now, armed with this information, I will tomorrow try this again! Thanks so far guys!
 

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BURN!

Sorry, I'm just bored to death, and want to troubleshoot some network stuff! I'm going to give my opinion here... There is some good info in this thread, and any one of the ideas may be the cause. I am a systems/network admin, and I always find that it's good to get back to the basics when dealing with this stuff. There are 3 really good tools that will confirm network connectivity between machines: PING, IPCONFIG, and TRACERT.

The first thing you need to do is confirm that each machine is on the same network. If they are all getting IP addresses via DHCP from a router, then they probably are, but it's always good to check. Go to start->run->cmd and hit enter. This will bring up the command prompt. Type "ipconfig /all" and het enter. Write down all the following info from each machine:

IP Address
Subnet mask
default gateway
DNS server(s)

Most routers give out 192.168.0.X addresses (or 192.168.1.X). Each machine should have a different X values, a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0, and a default gateway and dns server of 192.168.0.1 (the router IP).

Once you have verified that each machine is on the same network, try to ping each machine FROM each machine. At the command prompt, type "ping 192.168.0.X" and hit enter. (replace the X with the appropriate number). The machines should all reply. If you find one that doesn't, you may have found the issue.

If a machine doesn't respond to ping, there's not a lot of reasons why. Usually, there is either a physical problem with a cable, the NIC, or there is something blocking the ping, like a software firewall.

If everything responds to ping OK, then we can try browsing to IP addresses. Let me know how this goes, and we'll go to the next step if needed.
 

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I'm terribly sorry about not getting on top of this. Tomorrow I am specifically setting aside time to work this out, I should be home around 3 PM, and be ready to go by 330 EST. Does that sound good? I will try all the above things and report back. Again, I'm terribly sorry for the delay, I haven't had any time recently for anything, never mind overclocking and this network.
 

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I'm terribly sorry about not getting on top of this. Tomorrow I am specifically setting aside time to work this out, I should be home around 3 PM, and be ready to go by 330 EST. Does that sound good? I will try all the above things and report back. Again, I'm terribly sorry for the delay, I haven't had any time recently for anything, never mind overclocking and this network.

HOW DARE YOU NOT FIX A PROBLEM ON YOUR NETWORK!!!
Lol, take your time. But definitely report back with results. It's killing me to find out what this is. Yes I'm a dork...
 
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