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I can't see myself in the network

By anansimann ·
what am I doing wrong? I installed a wireless router to my main computer, and I can even connect to the internet from that computer. But I can't see my computer as a part of a group. I am running winXP on all computers. I have installed usb wireless adapters on 2 other computers, but I can't see them.What am I forgetting to do, so that I can see all computers in the group and start sharing files?

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by XT John In reply to I can't see myself in the ...

Have you enabled 'File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks' on all the clients? Open the Control Panel, click on Network Connections, Right click the Local Area Connection icon and select properties. Make sure the 'File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks' is checked. Do all the clients have the same workgroup name? Do the other 2 computers see each other?

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by Laurent Spielmann In reply to I can't see myself in the ...

I think that, even with File Sharing enabled, you actually have to share some folder in order to become visible for others on the network. Do you have at least one folder/printer shared ?

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by larryhyman In reply to I can't see myself in the ...

ummmm... did you use the same WORKGROUP name on all the computers?

go -> windows explorer -> my network places -> entire network -> Microsoft windows network -> double click on workgroup name -> double click on each computer

also make sure you have a folder shared on all computers

also copy a shortcut to each computers shared folder on your desktop, in my experience, you sometimes have to double click on the shortcut to wake up the network connection

all this trouble is because your computer are fighting with each other over who is going to be the browse master

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in my home network, I reboot my computer several times a day, my daughter leaves her computer on all the time, but because she has a p3800 with xp pro and I have a p42gig with windows 2000 server, her computer normally is the brows master, but according to the rules, since my computer is faster and has a server operating system, my computer will fight with hers to be the brows master, now sometimes when I try to read one of her shared folders I get an access denied error, when I check my event log it tells me that her computer the brows master is refusing me access (I guess it doesn't want to give up the role of brows master to my machine) so I walk over to her computer, I remove the share and I redo the share with the same name, then I go back to my machine and I hit refresh and guess what... I can get into the share !!!

It's a good thing that i don't have to access her files to often...

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by anansimann In reply to I can't see myself in the ...

comp #1 has an ethernet wire to the router (netgear) it looks like i don't even have a network, and each time i try to creat one it goes through the steps but no network is actually created. comp#2 has a wireless adapter, and does show a network, but can only see herself. comp #3 is a laptop with a wireless adapter, and does show a network, and can see every one, including herself.

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