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Can see computer on network but cannot connect to it

by jacky89 / November 5, 2007 12:40 AM PST

I have a home network consisting of a XP Pro SP2 desktop, a XP Pro SP2 laptop, and an xbox. When I explore the network by clicking on Entire Network->Microsoft Windows Network, I can see both the desktop and laptop computers. However, I cannot connect to the desktop from the laptop and xbox. It says I might not have privilege to connect to it.

But when I manually type in the links in explorer on the laptop, I can connect to the shared folders on the desktop. I just can not click on the computer name of the desktop and see what is inside.

They are on the same workgroup. I disabled firewalls. I have guest accounts enabled on desktop. I tried running the "Set up a home or small office network" on the desktop but didn't work.

Can someone please provide me some pointers. Thanks in advance!

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Did you add your account to that machine?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2007 12:50 AM PST

Let's say your pc's account is jacky. Is there a jacky account on the other machine?


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Let's assume that ...
by Edward ODaniel / November 5, 2007 12:53 AM PST

on the desktop you have a password protected user account named jacky89 with a password of PASSword.

Boot the laptop and create the EXACT same account on it also.

You should now have no problems sharing.

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(NT) Sorry Bob, you posted while I typed.
by Edward ODaniel / November 5, 2007 12:54 AM PST
In reply to: Let's assume that ...
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No problem. I think...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2007 12:58 AM PST

That since both of us are pointing at the same idea... they might try it.


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by jacky89 / November 5, 2007 10:58 AM PST
In reply to: Let's assume that ...

But I can't do that with the Xbox. Is there anyway for an anonymous login to work from within the network? I do have the guest account enabled already when I checked.


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My xbox doesn't use such a connection.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2007 11:42 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks!

Maybe you have more to tell us. The xbox connects to Live and the media center but no accounts are used...


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Check sharing.
by BrianZachary / November 5, 2007 1:05 PM PST

Go to the My Computer folder and right-click on the folder you are sharing or want to share on the network. Select "Sharing and Security...".

Now, is sharing actually enabled? If you can't tell, it's not. Click the warning and you will then be able to make that folder shared on the network. It's pretty easy but if you need further help, let us know.

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Sharing of the folder is enabled
by jacky89 / November 6, 2007 10:40 AM PST
In reply to: Check sharing.

The Xbox I use is modded to run the Xbox Media Center application, which can play video files off the computer harddrive.

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"The Xbox I use is modded"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2007 10:45 PM PST

Sorry, but as you know Microsoft doesn't support such a thing. And the mod could fall outside normal networking methods.

Good luck and hope it works soon. My bet is now on a firewall in the router or PCs.


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