XP Computer disappears and reappears arbitrarily from Vista Computer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by jpjccd, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. jpjccd

    jpjccd Guest

    I have a Vista Laptop that needs to access a printer on an XP computer
    in my sister's law office. I'm having trouble trying to even have the
    XP computer show up consistently on my sister's computer. I can ping
    it every time from the command prompt. I have all firewalls unenabled
    on both computers. Identical user accounts on both systems. File and
    Print sharing set up on both. The Link Layer topology is present on
    the Vista computer. When the laptop sits for a while the XP computer
    will show up on the map; but, Vista comes up with an error message
    when I try to access the XP computer. Beyond that, the map will lose
    the XP computer on occassion. The Vista computer can access the
    internet well enough through the router. At this point I can't
    install the printer on the Vista computer for not being able to access
    the XP computer from Vista. I've networked Vista computers before on
    XP networks, and this is the first time I've encountered this problem.

    Additional info; net view will not show xp computer. Workgroup name
    is the same for both XP and Vista computer. The restrict anonymous
    registry key on the XP computer is set at 1. Was originally set at 0.
    (Norton's Systemwork altered setting)

    Any ideas? TIA
     
    jpjccd, Jul 15, 2009
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  2. Sounds like computer browser issue. Can you map remote computer drive
    manually? Or on both computer, run net share and post back with the result.

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    Bob Lin \(MS-MVP\), Jul 15, 2009
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  3. jpjccd

    jpjccd Guest

    Ok, I'll be in the office in the morning, and I'll do just that.

    Thanks
     
    jpjccd, Jul 16, 2009
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  4. jpjccd

    jpjccd Guest

    Bob, here are the results of the net share command. I could not
    successfully map the XP computer drives from the Vista machine;

    XP machine results;

    *****************************************************
    Share name Resource Remark

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C$ C:\ Default share
    IPC$ Remote IPC
    D$ D:\ Default share
    print$ C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers
    Printer Drivers
    ADMIN$ C:\WINDOWS Remote Admin
    K$ K:\ Default share
    J$ J:\ Default share
    D D:\
    Documents C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents

    My Documents C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Administrator\My
    Documents

    My files C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Administrator\My
    Documents\My file
    s

    PRESARIO (C) C:\
    BrotherD USB001 Spooled Brother DCP-8060 USB
    BrotherH LPT1: Spooled Brother HL-5240 series
    HPLaserJet 2100
    LPT1: Spooled HP LaserJet 2100 PCL6
    The command completed successfully.
    *****************************************************

    Vista machine results;

    *****************************************************
    Share name Resource Remark

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ADMIN$ C:\Windows Remote Admin
    IPC$ Remote IPC
    D$ D:\ Default share
    C$ C:\ Default share
    print$ C:\Windows\system32\spool\drivers
    Printer Drivers
    C C:\
    Public C:\Users\Public
    Adobe PDF Documents\*.pdf Spooled Adobe PDF
    Brother DCP-8060 USB
    USB001 Spooled Brother DCP-8060 USB
    Freedom Import Printer
    FIP Spooled Freedom Import Printer
    HP Deskjet F4100 series
    USB003 Spooled HP Deskjet F4100 series
    Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
    Microsoft Document Ima Spooled Microsoft Office Document
    Image Wr
    Quicken PDF Printer
    LPT1: Spooled Quicken PDF Printer
    Send To OneNote 2007
    Send To Microsoft OneN Spooled Send To OneNote 2007
    The command completed successfully.
    *****************************************************

    These are the error codes I receive on the Vista machine when trying
    to access the XP machine (by double clicking on the XP machine icon);

    Error code: 0x80070035
    The network path was not found

    " " is not a valid host name

    The network is setup as a private network on the Vista machine,
    the wireless router is a USR8054.
     
    jpjccd, Jul 16, 2009
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  5. Can you map vista C:\Users\Public from XP? If not, what's the system error?

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    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
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    Bob Lin \(MS-MVP\), Jul 16, 2009
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  6. jpjccd

    jpjccd Guest

    I wasn't able to get back any sooner than this morning. My sister's
    law office closes its doors early on Friday, and she and I returned
    yesterday afternoon to work on it again. The XP computer can see the
    Vista laptop; but, only after I ping it via the command prompt. This
    is typical of a similar problem I would encounter on Windows 2000 Pro
    on occassion that I was never able to rectify - having to ping other
    computers on the network, (ethernet bus topology) before Windows
    networking could see them. When the Vista computer does show up in
    the XP networking panel, it does not allow me to map to it. This is
    the standard message I recieve;

    "\\****-pc is not accessible. You might not have permission to use
    this network resource. Contract the administrator of this server to
    find out if you have access permissions. The network path was not
    found."

    I did notice on the Vista laptop map that the XP computer is listed
    under network "unspecified," where the Vista computer is listed under
    network "US8054." The computers are both in the same workgroup,
    though.

    Too, when she has her computer on another network that we work with,
    in another location, the other Vista computer on that network can see
    her computer and access its shared resources; but, her Vista Laptop
    can't see it or any other computer. It can see the workgroup, though.

    Will wait for your reply. Thanks.
     
    jpjccd, Jul 20, 2009
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