Suddenly for no apparent reason (nobody has tinkered with settings) none of the pcs in my home network (win xp home, win xp pro and win2k) can print. The pc with the printer attached can print ok. I've tried disabling printer sharing and restarted the pc and re-enabled sharing and also re-run the network wizard to enable file and printer sharing - no change.
When I run the wizare on the client pcs to gain access to the printer, the wizard shows the pc to which the printer is attached but won't go any further. If you double click on the pc name nothing happens.
You might also need to check the ports in the hardware firewall. UDP 137, UDP 138, UDP 445, and TCP 139, and TCP 445 are required to be open for file and printer sharing (off-hand, I can't recall which ports - if any - are specific to printer sharing.)
Hi thanks for the replies - sorry I've been running through my set ups again.
Occasionally all PCs can see each other on through network neighbourhood but not all the time.
ade.h (hi) I think you are on the right track - something must have happened to the host pc. I've even re-formatted my win2k laptop (it needed it anyway) but no change. I've been through all the services on the host pc and cannot see any disabled that shouldn't be - are there any specific services that should be running? I looked in network settings for my wireless connection, it said connected firewalled?? but in control panel it said firewall turned off! but changing the network settings make no difference I've looked at my router firewall (D-Link DSL-G604T) and couldn't find any port setting nor in the manual.