I have internet access running on both PC,s Desktop is running XP Pro and Laptop is running XP Home. The desktop is connected via USB to a ADSL Router (GWART2-54125) and the laptop has a Netgear wireless PC card. I have activated shared folders on both pc's and have run the networking wizard many times but no joy. Can someone please help. Thanks
If you have internet access running reliably in both computers then you definitely *don't* have a problem with TCP/IP. They both connect to your router which will allocate their IP addresses in the same subnet.
The most common reason for networked computers not communicating is that you have firewall software installed and haven't configured it to allow them to communicate, which may involve adding their IP addresses in a "trusted" area.
Something which might help to get the two talking is to use "IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol". This doesn't need configuring with IP addresses and so on like TCP/IP and isn't affected by firewalls. However, for internet access, TCP/IP is still required.
To install "IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol" in Windows XP, go into the Network Connections folder, right click the Local Area Connection and select Properties. In the General tab, click the Install button. In the next box, highlight Protocol and click Add. Select "NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol" and click OK.
Hi thanks for explaining that.......Saved me. I quite clearly having re-read my reply didn't make it that clear what I meant....so at least I have learnt something also. "Be clear when replying". Thanks again
Do you have windows firewall running? Are both computers on the same workgroup? Do they have different computer names/ID? Can each computer ping one another?
Could be a router config problem.
Do both computers have an RJ45? If so you could connect them both together without the router with a cross over cable. Then set the IP address manually. If file sharing works then you know you have a router problem.
As "ade.h" says, Avast isn't a Firewall, it is an AntiVirus program. Do you have a firewall such as Zone Alarm installed, as that would definitely need to be configured before the computers will be able to communicate?
Try opening "My Network Places" and enter the path to the remote PC directly into the address bar in the form: