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By chris ·
I?m having problems with file sharing between a desktop and a laptop on a wireless network. The problem is that the laptop cannot access files on the host (desktop) - although it can ?see? it in ?Network Places? whenever an attempt is made to access files I get ? \\ (Computer Name) is not accessible. You do not have permission etc??

The host can see the laptop and access files fine, and the link is strong and fast (Access was a problem both ways originally, but disabling the XP Firewall solved half of it, getting access to the laptop from the host etc). Likewise there?s no problem with the Internet access; again really fast.

I?m pretty sure that I?ve tried just about everything ? the machines can ping each other, using IP addresses in the Run command act the same as attempts made in other ways (i.e. the big one can see the little one but not vice versa, both can see the router). All accounts on both machines have administrator privileges, and settings are default with the exception that I?ve disabled simple file sharing to get to classic file sharing. I?ve tried setting up identical accounts on each machine with no password and administrator privileges but this didn?t help either. (This particular network is at home ? the accounts don?t usually have passwords)

Both machines run Windows XP Pro SP1. The desktop is the host wired into a Belkin ADSL modem/54.11g Wireless Router; the laptop has a Linksys PCMCIA notebook adapter.

Any suggestions please ? I?m tearing my hair out over this (and I didn?t have too much to start off with...!)?

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Check to see if you have the guest account enabled on both machines. From the sound of it you may still have an additional firewall still running or the firewall is restarting itself. Go to start run MSCONFIG. Go to the services tab and uncheck anything that you know is a firewall. If you have NAV(Norton) you want to uncheck script blocking services, anything that has network in it,password validation on both computers. Once you restart the machines check to see if you can file share and you want to keep NAV completely running then you start the services on each(of the ones you unchecked) one at a time until you find culprit and then configure accordingly.

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check to see if file and print sharing is enabled.

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by chris In reply to File Access Problems Wire ...

Thanks guys.I had tried both those suggestions. It's up and running - basically a conflict with account names coupled with an encryption problem on the router

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