vista,xp and xbox 360 lots of problems



I have recently purchased a laptop with vista premium and have tried to
connect it to my home network which consists of 2 XP machines an xbox 360 and
a linksys router. I have a shared printer attached to one of the XP machines.

I have managed to get most things working but not all.

Vista can see all the shared folders and the printer on the XP machine,
however it cannot connect to all the shared folders, one of them says I don't
have permission. All the other shared folders are fine. It also cannot
connect to the printer (do not have permission again). I have installed the
printer driver on my vista machine and tried to connect directly by typing in
\\computername\printername but it won't let me connect. I know the printer
works with vista as I can plug it in directly and use it. I also know it is
shared correctly as the other XP machine is fine with it.

Now to the xbox 360. It can't see the vista machine at all. I have set up
media sharing and the vista machine sees the xbox, but the xbox can't see the
vista machine. The xbox can see all my other media services on the XP
machines (twonky media and media player)

So I tried using the media center extender capability and this time the
vista machine can't find an extender. I have never used the xbox as a media
centre extender before, I've only used standard streaming from XP media
player and twonkymedia.

I have removed norton and turned off windows firewall, but still no luck.

I have tried pretty much everything I can think of. I'm a technical person
by profession so I'm not stupid when it comes to this stuff, but vista is
really giving me problems.

I just want the basics here. Shared folders, shared printers and the xbox
media center extender.



Mick Murphy

Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.
How to give Permissions are there, too.

1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
the SAME.

In Vista Network and Sharing:

Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)

Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)

File Sharing: ON

Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared

Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
passwords on ALL computers in your Network) If you have it ON, you will be
asked for a username and password when you try to access a Vista computer
from an XP computer.

Also, run the XP’s Home Network File and Printer sharing Wizard.

I know nothing about Xboxes!!!!




I have gone through all these steps and believe everything is set up as it
should be.

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