Why can't an Windows ME PC ping a Windows XP PC?

By stemple ·
I have a Windows XP PC with a local printer that is shared and a Windows ME machine on the same network, both with dynamic IP addresses. I was able to print from the ME PC to the shared printer on the XP PC. Changed the IP address on the XP PC, now cannot print from the ME PC.

Also, the XP PC can ping the ME PC but the ME PC cannot ping the XP PC. The ME pc can ping other XP PCs with static IP addresses.

Can anyone offer help?

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Well if you changed the XP unit

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Why can't an Windows ME P ...

You'll need to run the Network Setup Wizard on the ME unit so it knows where to look. If you don't it will continue pointing to the Old IP Address which is no longer present.


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disable the firewall

by markp24 In reply to Why can't an Windows ME P ...

Hi you need to update the printer conenction on the me system with the new information.
then try pinging the new ip address as well

(you can also try disabling the built in firewalls)

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by stemple In reply to disable the firewall

Tried running the Network Setup Wizard on the ME unit, still failed. Ran Network Setup Wizard on the XP unit, still failed. Made sure both PCs were in ???Workgroup???.

Ran PingPlotter for ???wcslab1??? from the ME system, resolved to IP ???
Ran PingPlotter for ???wcslab1??? from an XP PC not in ???workgroup???, it resolved to: ( ????

Changed the name of the XP PC from ???wcslab1??? to ???Ruth???, and everything worked.

Thank you both for taking the time to respond with your recommendations.

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