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"network path not found" W2K workgroup

By constans ·
I maintain a small network of computers, all on the same workgroup, and the network works fine on most of them. But there is one problem computer that can't "see" any other machines in the workgroup.
Background Info:
1) BadMachine is a desktop on Win2000 Pro.
2) All machines have internet connections that work.
Symptoms:
1) Other machines can see the BadMachine in Computers Near Me, but when you try to connect to the BadMachine you get this message: "\\BadMachine is not accessible. The network path was not found."
2) The bad machine can see the workgroup in Entire Network\Microsoft Windows Network folder, but it cannot see any of the other computers, including itself. If you click on the workgroup icon, BadMachine thinks and thinks and finally?? does nothing! No error message, it just stops looking eventually.
3) There are lots of Event ID 8021 and 8032 events in the events log on the Bad Machine.
8021 - "Browser was unable to retrieve a list of servers from the browser master on the network device. The data is the error code."
8032 - "The browser has failed to retrieve the backup list too many times on transport
4) BadMachine can ping localhost. BadMachine can ping the IP for the wireless router. BadMachine cannot ping other machines on the network. Other machines on the network cannot ping BadMachine.
Things I have tried:
1) Checked that the "RestrictAnonymous" value is 0 and not 2.
2) Checked the node type ? it is hybrid, not point to point.
3) Checked that the Net BIOS Helper Service is running.
4) Checked that File and print sharing is ON.
5) I have installed and uninstalled NetBEUI, since there was contrary advice on whether this would help or hurt. It didn't make any difference.
6) Checked that there is no firewall or security software operating on BadMachine.
7) Checked that there are some shared files on BadMachine.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to "network path not found" ...

Is the Computer Browser Service running? Sounds like it isn't. Computer Browser handles these type of things. I would make sure the service is set to Automatic, start it (if it's stopped), and reboot. Then log back in and make sure Computer Browser is still running.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to

I have been away for, what, a year or so???
Just slowly working my way back into the site, answering a question here and here.

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by constans In reply to "network path not found" ...

Thanks for your input. Yes, the Computer Browser Service is running, and is on automatic. I forgot to put that in my original message. Maybe I should up the difficulty rating on this one!

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by CG IT In reply to "network path not found" ...

Joe Moore? gads!! haven't seen you in Ages!!!

a rolled up newspaper waved at the badcomputer might do the trick!!!

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by Hazzard_005 In reply to "network path not found" ...

How many machines are in your Workgroup? Workgroups may be limited depending on your situation as to how many machines can communicate. See this link:
http://www.tech-forums.net/computer/topic/16526.html

I hope this helps.

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by constans In reply to

Hi - thanks for your comments. Altogether we have more than 10 people in our workgroup, but we very rarely have more than 8 logged in at the same time, so I don't think that is the problem.

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by CG IT In reply to "network path not found" ...

try this: join the computer to a new workgroup named 123 or something. reboot. the rejoin the bad computer to the workgroup all the others belong to. also verify that the account you are using on the bad machine is present on all other machines in the workgroup

Usually, \\badmachine is not accessible message when you can see badmachine in my network places/computers near me means its not part of the workgroup OR that the account used on the badmachine is not present on all other computers within the workgroup.

There is a security setting in the admin tools/local machine security policy /local policy/user rights assignment named access this computer from the network. you might want to ensure that the security group the account used on the bad machine and the account used on all other machines in the workgroup is listed e.g. power user or user or administrator.

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by constans In reply to

Hi - thanks for your help. I tried this, but it didn't change anything. I checked the security settings and the computer should be accessible by all types of accounts - Admins, Power Users, Everybody.
However, one weird thing did happen. I had to change the Authentication method on our wireless system, and after I did this, for a while the bad machine could see all the computers in the group, but not connect to them. ("\\machine is inaccessible. Network path not found") After I switched the workgroups back and forth (as you instructed) once again I could not see any of the other machines. Weird, eh?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to "network path not found" ...

after ping you did ipconfig /release /renew, yes?

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by constans In reply to

Sorry, I didn't and I am not sure exactly what you mean. I am an real novice at all this. Can you please explain? Thanks,

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