Still can't find my Workgroup computers!


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Guest

I have a little home Workgroup network , based on a DLink DI-624 Wireless
router. Up until a week ago, all was well in accessing the other computers
from my Dell laptop with the DLINK wireless card. But now, I get the
"Workgroup Name is not accessible. You may not have permission to use this
network resource. " line when trying to view the workgroup computers. I have
tried all the remedies in KB 318030, but I still can not pull them up when I
try to view the workgroup and they can't see my machine. I can however
manually map to drives using the IP addresses my router assigns each
machine., but it is a temporary solution, as the router dynamically assigns
the IPs.

Any Suggestions other than statically assigning IP addresses?
 
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Ulysses

It sounds like you have my computers and network. Except I'm hardwired
using a crossover cable.
 
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Chuck

I have a little home Workgroup network , based on a DLink DI-624 Wireless
router. Up until a week ago, all was well in accessing the other computers
from my Dell laptop with the DLINK wireless card. But now, I get the
"Workgroup Name is not accessible. You may not have permission to use this
network resource. " line when trying to view the workgroup computers. I have
tried all the remedies in KB 318030, but I still can not pull them up when I
try to view the workgroup and they can't see my machine. I can however
manually map to drives using the IP addresses my router assigns each
machine., but it is a temporary solution, as the router dynamically assigns
the IPs.

Any Suggestions other than statically assigning IP addresses?

Kevin,

Please provide ipconfig information for each computer.
Start - Run - "cmd". Type "ipconfig /all >c:\ipconfig.txt" into the command
window - Open c:\ipconfig.txt in Notepad, copy and paste into your next post.
Identify operating system (by name and version) with each ipconfig listing.

Are you running NetBIOS Over TCP/IP (Local Area Connection - Properties - TCP/IP
- Properties - Advanced - WINS) on each computer?

Do any of the computers have a software firewall (ICF / WF, or third party)? If
so, you need to configure them for file sharing, by opening ports TCP 139, 445
and UDP 137, 138, 445, by enabling the File and Printer Sharing exception, and /
or by identifying the other computers as present in the Local (Trusted) zone.
Firewall configurations are a very common cause of (network) browser, and file
sharing, problems.

Could be a browser (no I'm not referring to Internet Explorer) problem.

Make sure the browser service is running on each computer. Control Panel -
Administrative Tools - Services. Verify that the Computer Browser, and the
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper, services both show with Status = Started.

The Microsoft Browstat program will show us what browsers you have in your
domain / workgroup, at any time.
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188305

You can download Browstat from either:
<http://www.dynawell.com/reskit/microsoft/win2000/browstat.zip>
<http://rescomp.stanford.edu/staff/manual/rcc/tools/browstat.zip>

Browstat is very small (40K), and needs no install. Just unzip the downloaded
file, copy browstat.exe to any folder in the Path, and run it from a command
window.

Please provide browstat information for each computer.
Start - Run - "cmd". Type "browstat status >c:\browstat.txt" into the command
window - Open c:\browstat.txt in Notepad, copy and paste into your next post.
Identify each computer by name and operating system.

For more information about the browser subsystem (very intricate), see:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188001
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=188305
<http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/deploy/prodspecs/ntbrowse.mspx>

How often do the ip addresses change? If the master browser was to get a
different ip address suddenly, that could cause problems with viewing workgroup
computers.

Cheers,
Chuck
Paranoia comes from experience - and is not necessarily a bad thing.
 
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Hans-Georg Michna

I have a little home Workgroup network , based on a DLink DI-624 Wireless
router. Up until a week ago, all was well in accessing the other computers
from my Dell laptop with the DLINK wireless card. But now, I get the
"Workgroup Name is not accessible. You may not have permission to use this
network resource. " line when trying to view the workgroup computers. I have
tried all the remedies in KB 318030, but I still can not pull them up when I
try to view the workgroup and they can't see my machine. I can however
manually map to drives using the IP addresses my router assigns each
machine., but it is a temporary solution, as the router dynamically assigns
the IPs.

Any Suggestions other than statically assigning IP addresses?

Kevin,

some more suggestions are in http://www.michna.com/kb/wxnet.htm.

Hans-Georg
 

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