Home Network XP/Vista

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Home Network XP/Vista

I've been all over the Net, not only here but also on Microsoft and several other technical forums. There are many, many complaints similar to mine, and (so far) no solution that works for me.

The problem: I have an HP Pavilion desktop running XP and a Toshiba laptop running Vista. So far I have put in the equivalent of about a week of 24-hour days trying to establish a viable network between the two. Occasionally, I have been successful for all of about 10 or 15 minutes!

The desktop has no problem seeing and accessing the laptop. During the occasional "window", the laptop actually can do the same in the other direction. That lasts for the aforesaid 10 to 15 minutes. Non-communication periods then persist for days at a time.

The desktop is wired to a Netgear WGT624, with which the laptop communicates wirelessly. There is no Internet connectivity issue for either machine.