uninstall the lan driver on your laptop and restart and let it reload the driver. you also need to right click on any folders you want to share in xp and choose the sharing and check the boxes to share. make sure you have different computer names on each computer but the same workgroup name like MSHOME or something. run the setup wizard in xp network places. the first computer on your router choose custom and connects directly to the internet. the second and rest of your computers choose connects directly or through a network hub. make sure in xp network connections you have the xp firewall off. go into properties and click advance tab and uncheck firewall. then restart your laptop. skip
I've been using a Netgear wired router with an older Pentium desktop using WIN ME. For quite some time, I've also had a laptop running ME connected to the router. Both machines had no problems with web and LAN connections. Two days ago, I installed XP on the laptop, and the router showed a green light for connection. However, the laptop will not load a web page. It keeps saying "server not found". My desktop system continues to have no problem accessing the web. The really odd thing is that the laptop can gain access to the desktop via the LAN, but the desktop won't find the laptop. I followed the troubleshooting tips in the Netgear manual, but nothing has worked, including the "repair" option (which returns a message "Renewing the IP address" failed. The desktop is a bit too old to upgrade to XP.