I have a Cube desktop with an Intel Core 2 processor ([email protected]) and 3 GB of RAM. The OS is Windows XP. I also have a laptop running Vista. They both share internet access via a Linksys router and this element of the network works well. I also have a Freecom Network drive connected via the router to which both computers have access.
I lost access to the network drive from the desktop several weeks ago whilst using the drive with no changes in configuration taking place at the time. Although this has occurred occasionally before, usually rebooting the entire network in stages (broadband modem, router, network drive then computers) has resolved the problem.
However this time rebooting achieved nothing and when I lost access my desktop no longer sees the drive, although the laptop still has full access. On the desktop if I try viewing the Network in Explorer I receive an error message stating:
Unable to browse the network. The network is not present or started.
Clearly the fact that the drive is accessible via the laptop and that internet access is still available means the hardware and cables are sound so I suspect the problem must lie with the desktop.
Can you offer any assistance as to what steps I must take to find and solve the problem