Computers don't see each other

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Curtis Croulet, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. I'm having problems setting up a small Ethernet network at home, involving
    my desktop and a laptop. Funny thing is, I had this working back in
    September, and the only thing that's changed recently is that I now have a
    broadband connection. The computers don't see each other, with or without
    the cable modem plugged into the switch. According to the lights on my
    switch, it's the laptop that's not communicating properly. The desktop is
    getting broadband through the switch just fine. The computers have the same
    workgroup, different IDs, different IP addresses. AFAIK, I have the client,
    adapter and protocol (TCP/IP) set up correctly, and the client and protocol
    are identical on both computers. File sharing is enabled on both computers
    as is sharing of the C drives (read-only). Both computers are using Win
    98SE. Each computer sees itself in Network Neighborhood, but not the other
    machine. I'm figuring there must be one setting or switch that's not right.
    Any ideas?
    Curtis Croulet, Nov 11, 2003
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  2. It's occurred to me that I installed Norton Internet Security on the laptop
    since I had this set-up working in September. Could the firewall be the
    cause of the problem described in my original post?
    Curtis Croulet, Nov 11, 2003
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  3. Yep, could be. Disable it and see what happens.
    Richard G. Harper, Nov 12, 2003
  4. I uninstalled Norton Internet Security from both computers, and it made no
    difference. They still didn't talk to each other. I'm stumped.
    Curtis Croulet, Nov 12, 2003
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