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Running Desktop and Laptop with XP PRO through Linksys WRT54G router since June with no problems with workgroup through wireless connection on laptop. Connection dropped last week, went through troubleshooting program, learned Intel had an update "fix" for issues for PRO/WIRELESS 2200BG adapter in laptop. This fixed the connection problem, and I can access internet with no problems from the laptop's wireless connection, but can no longer access the desktop computer through the workgroup. Desktop shows workgroup with both computers listed. Laptop shows workgroup with no computers. Cannot connect from desktop to laptop "network path not found". Trying to exlplore the workgroup from the laptop gets "servers not available" message. Both computers under full administrator's authority. Have changed workgroup name, run wizard, same results. Error log showed Master Browser Conflict, applied Microsoft fix--no change. Help! :4-dontkno
 

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Checklist for networking Windows Machines with TCP/IP
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- PCs which are not XP must have TCP/IP installed.
- Each PC must have a unique computer name.
- Each PC must have a network share defined.
- ALL NICS must be on the same subnet (e.g. IP 192.168.0.* subnet mask 255.255.255.0).
- XP PCs must have Netbios over TCP/IP enabled (only essential for XP to talk to W9X PCs).
- MS Client and file & printer sharing must be enabled on each machine.
- All NICs must have their node type = anything except p-node (peer to peer, or point-point).
* To check, open a command prompt and type IPCONFIG /ALL.
- XP's ICF firewall is permanently disabled. (Only necessary for pre XP SP2).
- All 3rd party firewalls are disabled, uninstalled and deleted (until connection is working).
- PCs have the same workgroup (helps, but not essential for XP/2K, necessary for 9X/ME).

Allow 15 mins after rebooting a PC for that PC to appear in the workgroup, or
for it to see all other PCs. Or you can search for the PC by its computer name.


Additional things to check if you still have problems:
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- Check your Services are Started on all PCs: Workstation, Server, TCP/IP Netbios helper, Computer Browser.
- XP gives access to its shares via the Net Guest Account. (Note, not the same as the local guest account in user accounts which should be off). Net Guest Account is enabled by default in XP, but to check it, open a command prompt and type: NET USER GUEST
Should return a line with 'Account active yes'.


Check XP Security policies:
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- Access this computer from the network: add guest
- Deny logon locally: remove guest
- Network access:Sharing and security model... -> Guest only
- Deny access to this computer from the network-> check Guest is not here.
 
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