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workgroup computers not showing up

by sgt_spike / March 30, 2008 1:49 AM PDT

I have three PCs on a workgroup, all running WIN XP Pro. Two of then are wireless. The hardwire PC is connected to a router which of course is connected to the internet. the wireless PCs connect to the router to connect to the internet.

The problem I'm having is I can't see any PC on the workgroup for file sharing. I configured each PC with WIN network config, and sett the same setting for all three.

What am I doing wrong?

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Seems proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 30, 2008 2:07 AM PDT

A PC won't show if firewalled or not sharing a printer or folder. I read your post twice and see no mention about the basics. Also that firewall can be in the (un-named) router.

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What Basics
by sgt_spike / March 30, 2008 2:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Seems proper.

What basics do you need to know? When I try to view all workgroup PCs nothing but the PC I'm on, shows up.

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i got it.
by sgt_spike / March 30, 2008 2:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Seems proper.

your right, it was the firewall. I do have a firewall on in the router, the my network is protected. Thanks for your help.

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this can perhaps help other users
by regloor / April 30, 2012 10:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Seems proper.


My Win XP and Win 7 computers did not appear in windows explorer under networks.
When typing "Net View", I got message "System Error 6118 has occurred".
I have searched a lot and applied a lot of advices found on the net.
Finally, I found the explanation for my configuration.
Network config of other people will probably be different but principle stays.

The main advice I can give to everyone : look in the eventviewer ( "administrative events" ).
This will spare you a lot of time !!

The reason for my config was :
a PRINTER was blocking the computers from being master browser.
Message in eventviewer was "The name "WORKGROUP :1d" could not be registered on the interface with IP address The computer with the IP address did not allow the name to be claimed by this computer."

Solution I applied (perhaps there are other solutions) : I changed the printer settings and let it get its ip address from the dhcp ( ip dynamic address in place of static address ). Another solution is probably to use another workgroup name than "workgroup".

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