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Offline NTlayoff

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Local Network
« on: October 15, 2013, 03:38:34 PM »
I have two computers on my local network.
Been working just fine for a long time.

Computer A  is the main computer.

I have short cuts on Computer B to load up an Excel file that resides on A
Click on the short cut - it goes out to Computer A brings in the file and displays it is on B screen.
All been working fine.

Then all of a sudden it does not work.

Both computers are connected to my router and the router to the Cable Modem.
Both computers connect to the internet.
BUT......
B can ping A  but will not find the computer when I click on short cut or try to find it on the network.
A will NOT ping B and cannot get into B at all and cannot find B on the network.

Both computers and the router have been re-booted.
If I look at the router, it "sees"  both computers

Does anyone know what to look for in Computer A  ( or B ) ?
Computer A does have a tendency to change settings all by itself.

Both run a Registry check, Both have virus checks.
The file is and always has been set up for sharing.

There has to be a setting somewhere that got changed and I can't find it.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
Jim
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Offline RATHER BE FISHING

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Re: Local Network
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 03:49:20 PM »
What operating systems?

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Re: Local Network
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2013, 03:58:24 PM »
If you open windows explorer on either machine can you click on network>Microsoft networks then the workgroup and see the other machine? If so can you access drive C:\ from there?

If it's XP run the network setup wizard again on both machines. Make sure you get the workgroup names right.

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Offline Skip555

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Re: Local Network
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2013, 04:22:12 PM »
Take a look at drop box its free and let's you share files among multiple devices. I have it on 4 PCs and my phone and files are available on any device

Both will need internet access for it to work
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Offline NTlayoff

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Re: Local Network
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2013, 04:25:32 PM »
What operating systems?

I knew I would forget some info.

I am running XP Pro on both computers.
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Offline NTlayoff

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Re: Local Network
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2013, 04:30:55 PM »
If you open windows explorer on either machine can you click on network>Microsoft networks then the workgroup and see the other machine? If so can you access drive C:\ from there?

If it's XP run the network setup wizard again on both machines. Make sure you get the workgroup names right.
-Hal

Hal:  I open Window Explorer it has MY NETWORK PLACES  and I do not see Microsoft networks.  Is this on something other than XP ?

I will try running the Network setup Wizard.
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Re: Local Network
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2013, 06:01:15 PM »
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Is this on something other than XP ?

Nope XP Pro. Sometimes it forgets so yeah, run the wizard. After that I would also go to each machine and check that the folders you want shared are still shared. I usually just share the whole drive C:\.

I'm thinking that probably an automatic update of something screwed it up.

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Offline NTlayoff

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Re: Local Network
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 07:19:15 PM »
All these years it just worked.
And I never did run that wizard way back then.

So I ran the wizard for the first time.
It did not seem to do much.  

I decided to start at basics and work my way up to the hard stuff.
Thank goodness for open basement.

Problem:  Computer B House cable had a bad spot.
Now tell me how a bad spot will allow internet access and ping only one way
but block out everything else ???

Had to cut out the bad spot and now it is working.
And whatever the Wizard did, it started coming to life.

With a bad cable, why wouldn't everything just quit working?
I could have found the problem a whole lot sooner.

Thanks to all for your feedback.


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Offline JeffE

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Re: Local Network
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013, 07:23:19 PM »
Never mind I see you got it fixed!

On the computer that can't be seen on the local network

Check Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties, make sure that 'Obtain IP address automatically' is ticked

Tell it to use your router as the DNS server,   or just make sure there isn't something quirky in there from recent web surfing....

good link with pictures https://itservices.stanford.edu/service/ess/pc/docs/ethernet/wxp