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Topic # 30329 4-Feb-2009 21:15
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Brief outline of my setup:
wireless router + separate adsl modem
1 x XP Pro desktop (wireless connection to router via usb wireless adapter)
1 x Vista home premium notebook (wireless connection to router via built-in wireless)

A number of shared folders on each pc + a shared printer connected to the desktop all used to work fine but for some unknown reason stopped working. I can no longer "see" either pc from the other pc and therefore am unable to access any shared folders or devices. Wireless setup appears fine as each pc can access the router & internet ok.

I haven't changed any network settings on either as far as I can remember but I did add some additional users to the XP pc around the time the problem started so I guess that may have something to do with it but I really don't know what to do/try to fix things.

I'm hoping someone around here with a little more know how might be able help get things going again. Thanks for any suggestions folks.

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  Reply # 194139 4-Feb-2009 22:42
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Have you recently installed any security/firewall software on the machines?
Can the machines ping each other?

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  Reply # 194333 5-Feb-2009 18:46
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No new security/firewall settings installed on either pc.
Yes, both machines can ping each other.

Some additional info:
Vista laptop can ftp my old xbox (xbmc) which has a wired connection to router.
PS3 can wirelessly connect to router/internet but it can't seem to detect media server (WMP11) on vista laptop anymore (previously working fine).

Very puzzling...


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  Reply # 194342 5-Feb-2009 19:38
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Power off everything including the router (or whatever you're using as a DHCP server) and try it again. Windows seems to mysteriously "find" things after a while, forcing a system-wide DNS refresh might help. An ipconfig /flushdns might help, but I doubt it.

I've had similar issues, PS3 included, I largely killed all forms of local security and power cycled everything and it seemed to come right.

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Reply # 194423 6-Feb-2009 08:29
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That did it! Can't believe all it took in the end was a reset of the router. All working fine now.

Thanks for your help Steve. I knew I could count on Geekzone Smile

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