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"Network Path Not Found"

by coastal984 / October 15, 2009 1:03 AM PDT

I'm generally pretty good at fixing these issues and hope that I'm just missing a basic issue thats right in front of my face. No solutions I've found via various google searches has corrected it.

I have a network consisting of 5 desktops and 1 laptop, all running XP Pro SP3. One desktop is connected directly to the Netgear wireless router/DSL modem. Also wired is a Linksys 8-port switch in another room, where three desktops are wired to this switch. The laptop and one desktop are connected by wireless (though, the issue is with the laptop, and connecting it via cable to the network does not remedy issue).

All of the desktops can see each other, utilize shared folders & printers, etc. However, for whatever reason, the laptop has stopped being able to access any other system (and vice versa). The internet continues to work just fine. Everything was working fine until about 10 days ago, and I cannot think of any system changes that were made. All systems are on the same workgroup.

The error received when trying to access other systems (Start>Run>\\[computername]) is "Network path not found." Attempting to ping the system names in command prompt states that "Ping request could not find host [computername]".

Troubleshooting already completed:
Reboot of all systems (Obviously)
Change computer name/Workgroup and change back.
Create new profile on laptop and attempt to access.
Reinstalled network drivers
Attempt to use wired connection
Netsh Winsock Reset
Repeated yelling, screaming, coaxing, and bribery.

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Also disabled all firewalls/antivirus.
by coastal984 / October 15, 2009 1:07 AM PDT

Oh, I'm sorry, also: Disabled all firewalls and antivirus, still no dice. Sorry for leaving that obvious solution out of the list of tried & fails.

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To ping by name.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 1:19 AM PDT

A lot has to be working. Your DNS would have to be educated about that name. Research this.


Armed with nslookup you can query YOUR DNS to see if it knows what that machine is.

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by sunwatcher / October 15, 2009 8:53 AM PDT

Some other basics...

This might seem rather obvious, but you didn't specifically state if you made sure you were wirelessly connecting to your own network and not another nearby one. Even if you connected to your network by wire, you might still be accessing a different wireless network unless you purposely change which network adapter is in use.

Also, I would run an ipconfig to double check the IP address and subnet mask as well if you haven't done that. Assuming that DHCP is enabled on router and laptop?

Instead of pinging the computer name, ping using the actual IP address. Post ipconfig and ping results if you don't get anywhere.

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