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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 15514 27-Aug-2007 08:16
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Good Evening,

Since I got my new notebook with Vista I've got trouble ever since.
I recently posted a bluetooth issue but this time I have a rather more important problem.
Somehow, my notebook is not able to connect to/ be accessed from any other computer on the network (not even himself).

Once again, I will use screenshots to illustrate my problem:
Here you can see the 'full network map'. The first pc is the notebook that's causing me the headaches (Vista Home Premium).
Second is an other pc on the network (XP SP2) and the last is an other Vista notebook (Vista Business).
There are several other computers on the network but, since they weren't turned on, they weren't visible.
The first thing that is bothering me is why i can't click on the second pc's icon (XP SP2). Is this because it's not running on Vista? (And yes, the LLTD protocol is installed on it, so Vista should be able to detect and access it).

Also, in the 'network' window I can only see the 2 Vista PC's:

But when I try to select any of these two (as I said before, due to one way or another, I'm not able to connect to the XP one) it starts loading for a while and suddenly comes up with this error:
And this error occured when I tryed to connect to my own computer on the network (so connect to himself).
When diagnosing the problem it says:

Cannot communicate with (pc-name) on IP: xxxx
The remote host was pinged but there was no responce.

And sometimes:
Windows cannot find the hostname (pc-name) using DNS
The DNS may be down

When pinging in command prompt, it also shows:

But... when pinging to the XP device, it shows the following error:
" ..............     "

I got a symatec (norton) firewall running and all computers are on the same workgroup (mshome).
I hope to hear from an expert.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 84563 30-Aug-2007 23:03
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First ping the rotuer from the vista laptop to confirm that there is a active outgoing network connection as far as that segment of the network.
Then ping the ip address of the xp machine that is being troublesome not the Net-bios name.
if this is not successfull check firewall settings on xp machine,
if it is using norton make sure your subnet of your local lan is in the trusted zone, (kind of defeats the purpose of a firewall) but it's necessary
Then try the windows firewall disable it.
make sure the xp machine has a valid ip address assigned by your dhcp server.

if anymore trouble and still not working feel free to email.

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Wannabe Geek

Reply # 84749 1-Sep-2007 05:35
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Damn I feel stupid.
Yes, it was caused by the norton firewall. I added the IP of the computers on the network to the Trusted Zone and everything seems to be alright now.
I still got a problem with one of the pc's though, I got one system that just can't detect or be detected on the network (although it's on the same domain as the others). It runs McAfee Firewall. But I will first try to solve this problem myself first.
Thanks for help.

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