Winxp Pro computers disappear from Network Places

By jdoggett ·
I have a network of five computers, all windows xp pro, no servers or domains, and all in same workgroup. Static IP (manually configured, not DHCP). When I restart my pc I can see all of them in Network Places, then after about 20 minutes, 3 of them (including mine) disappear. I can ping them, and still access mapped drives but can not see them in network places. I have checked ipconfig, ran cdiag, and browstat. XP firewall is disabled, I have KIS 7.0 and tried with and without it disabled with same results. The network has run fine for about 2 years, then about 2 weeks ago the PC's start disappearing.

If you need more info let me know. Thanks in advance for any help.

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Answers

Collapse -

Browser service

by Kjell_Andorsen In reply to Winxp Pro computers disap ...

Have you checked if the browser service is running on the affected computers? I've seen cases where this service stops running on computers causing them to disappear. If I recall correctly you'll find specific error messages in event viewer and MS has a hotfix for it.

Collapse -

Already checked

by jdoggett In reply to Browser service

I have checked the browser service, even stopped them and restarted. I am not having the issues described in the hotfix for MS

Collapse -


by Jacky Howe In reply to Winxp Pro computers disap ...

to see if File and Print Sharing is enabled on the PC's.

Look at the power saving on the network cards and make sure that it is disabled.
You can use Device Manager to change the power management settings for a network adapter. To disable this setting in Device Manager, expand Network Adapters, right-click the adapter, click Properties, click the Power Management tab, and then clear the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power check box.
< add a bit >

Collapse -


by jdoggett In reply to Check

File and Print sharing is enabled, I can browse the computer shares using \\computername, but the computers do not show up in My Network Places workgroup. The power save feature is disabled on all network cards on the LAN.

Collapse -

Check that

by Jacky Howe In reply to Done

Each computer on the network has the same Workgroup name.
< also see if this helps >

Enable NetBios over TCP/IP in WIndows XP

Click Start, click Control Panel
Click Network Connections.
Right-click "Local Area Connection", and then click "Properties".
Click on (highlight) "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)", and then click "Properties" button
Click the General tab, and then click "Advanced" button , bottom right.
Click the WINS tab.
Under "NetBIOS setting" section, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times, then "close".
( ) Default
(*) Enable NetBios
( ) Disable NetBios

Restart the PC

Collapse -


by jdoggett In reply to Check that

All pc's have same workgroup (SERVER) and I double checked the netbios over tcp/ip is enabled.

Man this is a pain, It seems like I have tried everything with no luck, so I really appreciate all of the suggestions I have gotten so far.

Collapse -


by Jacky Howe In reply to Enabled

changing your workgroup name server back to the standard setting WORKGROUP. Make sure that DNS is pointing to your ISP.
Your scope is in range.
Subnet Mask Subnet Size Host Range Broadcast 254 to

Collapse -

No Luck

by jdoggett In reply to Try

Tried the change back to the default WORKGROUP and they still disappear.

Collapse -

What is the scope

by Jacky Howe In reply to No Luck

on your Router/Modem

try changing the IP's to this

Collapse -


by wesley.chin In reply to Winxp Pro computers disap ...

Do the computers appear and then disappear after every reboot?

What happened on the computers and network between the time when everything appeared normally and when the disappearing first started?

Related Discussions

Related Forums