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Networked PC's unable to see each other

By Ronn Hanley ·
I posted this question a while back but didn't have all of the information.

I have two Windows XP (SP2) boxes tied together with a crossover cable. I have the XP Firewall turned off on both and I have disabled Zone Alarm on the PC connected to the internet. Both NIC's are showing solid green link lights and the TX lights on both are blinking. I ran the Network wizard on both PC's and everthing 'seems' okay.

The PC's cannot communicate. An internal ping for each individual PC works fine. Localhost resolves, internal IP resolves. But they do not see each other. I get a time out message with ping and Net View returns system error code 53 (I'll post the actual return on this message). Computer 1 (Minotaur) displays Computer 2 (Dolphin) on its Network Neighborhood page, but cannot access the shares. I get the message that I do not have access to the network resource. I don't understand how the icon could be visible, but not accessible. Minotaur does not show up on Dolphins Neighborhood at all.


Computer info:
#1 named Minotaur
Workgroup Hanley
IP 192.168.0.1
Subnet 255.255.255.0
Linksys LNE 100TX(v5)fast ethernet adapter
This PC is attached to the internet.

#2 named Dolphin
Workgroup Hanley
IP 192.168.0.2
Subnet 255.255.255.0
Linksys NC100 fast ethernet adapter


Return from Net View:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>net view dolphin
System error 53 has occurred.

The network path was not found.

I have researched a few sites and I understand what the error code is, but nothing I've tried has worked so far.

Any idea of what I am doing wrong?

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by shuja52 In reply to Networked PC's unable to ...

You may receive "System error 5 has occurred" and "Access is denied" when using net view command. In this case, you may have the permission issue. Another symptom is that you can see the remote computer in Network Neighborhood but not access it. Check these: 1. Do you have right to access the remote computer if it is domain network? 2. If it is workgroup network, have you created the same username and password in remote computer? 3. Do you assign the user rights under Security tab if it is the NTFS partition If you can net view IP while net view \\hostname gives you "System error 51 has occurred" and "windows cannot find the network path", you may have the computer browser issue. 1.Make sure the Computer Browser is running. 2. Make sure the Server service is running 3. troubleshoot Mater Browser using browstat.exe.

If you receive "There are no entries in the list" when using net view IP (that is "not accessible" computer's IP), make sure 1) you have enabled Client for Microsoft Network; 2) you have shared some files or/and folders on remote computer; 3) the Server Service is running. You can also use net share command to confirm the sharing.

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by saihib In reply to Networked PC's unable to ...

Have you created shares on these machines?

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by Mr.Wiz In reply to Networked PC's unable to ...

I think that you probably have a sharing issue and possibly a username/password issue between the two machines. Unless sharing is setup, you won't be able to access the other machine. You'll get an error message if you try to access in My Network Places.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Networked PC's unable to ...

Ron,

When you ran the Network Setup Wizard on both computers did you enable File & Printer Sharing. If you didn't do this you'll need to run the Network Setup Wizard again and enable File & Printer Sharing. Start off with the one connected to the Internet first and then the last one.

Personally I would prefer to see a switch in here with straight CAT 5E Cables as I've had a lot of problems with the Crossover leads but it sounds as if this particular setup is at least working correctly to the level that it's been setup.

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by fungus-among-us In reply to Networked PC's unable to ...

I had a few questions... You said that Minotaur and Dolphin are connected together with a crossover cable, and that Minotaur is also connected to the internet. How is Minotaur connected to the net? Another internal NIC? USB NIC? Dial up?

With your current configuration... does Minotaur have internet access?

I agree with HAL, crossover cables have given me problems in the past as well, and I think it's much easier to setup internet sharing/file sharing on a home network with a Cable/DSL sharing switch.

Minotaur and Dolphin share the same IP Block, and subnet, which should allow you to see each other... as others have stated, check your user rights and accounts on BOTH PC's and make sure they match (including passwords - if any). For your shared resources, get rid of the "everyone" group completely, and only allow access by the user accounts set-up by YOU.

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