funny network issue

ElementalDragon

The One and Only
#1
Ok, here's my problem.
i have my Desktop sharing my internet connection with my laptop. My laptop can get internet access through the desktop, but neither the desktop nor the laptop can see each other's shared files.
 

albybum

Penguin Rancher
#2
I found this on the MS Knowledgebase. It might help.

CAUSE
This behavior can occur if both of the following conditions are true:
NetBIOS over TCP/IP is not turned on (enabled) on one or more computers in the workgroup.

-and-
The Computer Browser service is not started or is turned off (disabled) on one or more computers in the workgroup.

RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, make sure that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is turned on and the Computer Browser service is running on each computer in the workgroup. To do this, follow these steps.

Step 1: Turn On NetBIOS over TCP/IP
Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections.
Click Network Connections.
Right-click Local Area Connection, and then click Properties.
Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
Click the General tab, and then click Advanced.
Click the WINS tab.
Under NetBIOS setting, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times.
Click Close to close the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box.
Close the Network Connections window.

Step 2: Start the Computer Browser Service
Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.
In the console tree, expand Services and Applications.
Click Services.
In the right details pane, verify that the Computer Browser service is started, right-click Computer Browser, and then click Start.
Close the Computer Management window.
 

ElementalDragon

The One and Only
#3
well that figures. i solve part of the problem, and another part get's added, though i'm not sure if the second part is fixable.

now, i can see my laptop's shared folders with my desktop, but every time i try to look at what's in them, explorer crashes.

on a further note: when on the laptop, i can see the Desktop in the workgroup computers, but if i double click on it, it asks for a password.
 

dreamliner77

The Analog Kid
#4
I had this same problem. Enabled NetBIOS. Tried to start Computer Browsing service but got this error: 1068 The dependency service or group failed to start. Anyone got some help?

Edit, got it running, Apparently I turned off the workstation service.

But I still can't get on the workgroup...

Says I don't have permission.
 

ElementalDragon

The One and Only
#5
ok, nother update. i still can't access my desktop's shares from my laptop. explorer.exe still crashes if i try to get into the laptop's shared C drive from my desktop, but my desktop can get into my laptop's "Shared Document's" folder without any crashes.
 

sean.ferguson

OSNN Veteran Addict
#6
when this happens you might also want to double check a few simple things first

pinging the IP of the other PC and then trying to use the UNC to connect to the pc, open up the run window and type \\ip.here
 

j79zlr

Glaanies script monkey
Political User
#7
What OS are both running? Dont depend on the network neighborhood for you network, it is unreliable at best. tehKore's method above is how you should check your connection, by IP, or netbios name.
 

ElementalDragon

The One and Only
#8
Well, they're both running XP Pro. and i don't think it would be a problem with IP's and stuff like that since my desktop can partly connect to the laptop.
 

j79zlr

Glaanies script monkey
Political User
#9
Both running XP Pro, disable simple file sharing and have identical user accounts on both PC's. It can take up to ten minutes for the computers to show up in the network neighborhood.
 
#11
i still don't see why having identical names and identical passwords would help since the desktop can somewhat access the laptop. could someone explain that to me please?
 
#13
....o....k. and if you had read the entire thread, i am able to access my laptop's "Shared Documents" folder from my desktop, but can't look on my laptop's shared C drive from my desktop, and the laptop doesn't see the desktop at all, allthough it can get internet access through the desktop. so there is some connection, it just ain't going right. and i now have same exact usernames and passwords, and still the same. i would check if explorer.exe crashes if i try to browse my laptop's C drive, but i don't feel like having to log off and back on so the rest of my software can load.
 

j79zlr

Glaanies script monkey
Political User
#14
check the NTFS security permissions on the shares, make sure that the share permissions are set to everyone
 

sean.ferguson

OSNN Veteran Addict
#15
only do this if you are the only user using the system, the "Everyone" group is very insecure. If there are more than you using the network then delete ("remove") the Everyone group and add any users that use the system to the list.

Then give each member or each members group the approriate permissions.
 

j79zlr

Glaanies script monkey
Political User
#16
thekore said:
only do this if you are the only user using the system, the "Everyone" group is very insecure. If there are more than you using the network then delete ("remove") the Everyone group and add any users that use the system to the list.

Then give each member or each members group the approriate permissions.
You should use NTFS security permissions to lock down access, but leave the share permissions at their default.
 

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