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Old 10-23-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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I have a laptop and a desktop computer that I'm trying to network. Both comps use xp home. Desktop comp is connected hardwire thru cable modem and then into the Linksys W54G wireless router. Lap top is wireless. Both are connected to the internet correctly and working fine.

What I want to do is to use the laptops 2nd partition to backup the desktop comp. (using N Ghost12)

I have run the network setup wizard on both comps and both computers show in the dir tree under:
My network places/Entire network/MS Windows Network.

If, for example I click on Laptopworkgroup from the Desktop comp, I get the following error:
'Laptopworkgroup is not available' and vice versa.

Not sure if I'm going about this correctly, and I'm stumped as to what to do now.
Thanks for any advice/help
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:43 PM   #2
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running any firewalls?
can you access the computer by clicking the "view workgroup computers" option?
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running any firewalls?
can you access the computer by clicking the "view workgroup computers" option?
Thanks for the response.

Yes, Zone Alarm

No on the second one
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try turning off the firewalls, if that works then it just needs a bit of tweaking.
also are the computers in the same workgroup?
ive also got 1 other thing you can try if that fails
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also are the computers in the same workgroup?
Ah ha! No their not. one is called Laptopworkgroup and the other is called Desktopworkgroup.

So I should have ONE workgroup for both comps?
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well, it shouldnt matter that much, but i always have better success when they are in the same workgroup
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well, it shouldnt matter that much, but i always have better success when they are in the same workgroup
It's weird but sometimes you can see different workgroup pc's, rule of thumb, they should be in the same workgroup (I call mine HOMELAN as opposed to the MS default)

Put them both in the same workgroup, share the second partition on the laptop (or better still create a directory and share that) and all should be good.
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try turning off the firewalls, if that works then it just needs a bit of tweaking.
also are the computers in the same workgroup?
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Ok, ZoneAlarm was blocking, so that is now fixed and I can see the 'shared docs' folders for both computers from either computer. Still can't see the 'rest' of either comp. ie. any/all folders and/or partitions.

Thanks for your help.
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You need to share the root drive if you want to do that, right click the hard drive > Properties > Sharing.
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You need to share the root drive if you want to do that, right click the hard drive > Properties > Sharing.
Thanks! Got it. And, Thanks to everyone who helped. Backing up the desktop comp to the 2nd partition on the laptop now.
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