From: Anteaus on 29 Jan 2010 23:21
If you are trying to access the shares with "Network Places" then be aware
that this is seldom reliable anyway.
> Hi again,
> Thanks for those links. Those are really useful for those just getting into making network connections. I think I am a
> little beyond the basics but definitely over my head in understanding the netbios browser, Master and workgroup when a
> correctly function Home Network suddenly isn't behaving.
> After hours of struggling at it, restoring the hard drive twice, and other netbios and TCPIP commands, I am working
> again, but I don't know the details of why. Big picture, this is what I have found:
> 1) After installing the firewall beta, my shares quit working.
> (Hindsight tells me that it probably impacted an already slightly dysfunctional environment).
> 2) Un-install the product from the control panel and reboot, my SHARES were totally invisible even on itself (when using
> the command "NET VIEW"
> 3) That explains why BROWSTAT STATUS could not fetch information.
> 4) I found that I could not Explorer/Tools/Map Network Drive because... when I would browse the Microsoft
> Network/Workgroups, KING-DADDY was not in the list.
> ....however I could manually map a drive with NET USE.
> Exactly when I successfully got KING-DADDY back in the WORKGROUP, I don't know, but I was going though a lot of command
> prompt commands as I fumbled around trying things, and I also made a minor "nop" alteration to Computer Name /
> description to cause it to be re-added to the WORKGROUP.
> 5) After the net Browser seemed to be behaving and processing shares, and mapping drives, I reinstalled the product...
> and all seems to be fine. That is why I kinda think maybe the WORKGROUP issue existed before I first installed the
> product. All my previously mapped shares always reconnected as required.
> I also observed that the MASTER Browser was no longer KING-DADDY, but was now on one of the other machines. I think that
> is expected in this case.
> So I still do not know enough about the net browser and how to troubleshoot what is dysfunctional.
> Jack [MVP-Networking] wrote:
> > Hi
> > Make sure that the network works, http://www.ezlan.net/debug.html
> > If needed use this process, http://www.ezlan.net/clean.html#refreshnet
> > When every thing checks OK redo the share.
> > Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).
> > "LURKER" <feelingdumb(a)nowhere.net> wrote in message
> > news:ONzfeHHoKHA.4436(a)TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
> >> Network shares are broken after uninstall of a firewall.
> >> I performed the TCP Stack reset (LSPFix).
> >> Still broken network.
> >> I am now testing with no antivirus and Windows firewall turned off as
> >> I try to debug.
> >> My network shares are still "not found" by my other home computers.
> >> Environmnt:
> >> Home network with 4 Windows XP systems behind a Linksys wireless router.
> >> The other systems can see each other's shares, but not the shares on
> >> the main computer (name = \\king-daddy, fixed ip 192.168.1.xx). Shares
> >> include household printers.
> >> king-daddy can see the shares on all the other computers.
> >> king-daddy has dual boot... the second bootable hard drive is a clone
> >> of the primary XP on HD0 P1; just aged a little.
> >> I booted from the alternate partition and networking works fine, so I
> >> know it is not hardware. Boot back to the primary partition, and
> >> networking is broken again.
> >> Using BROWSTAT STATUS...
> >> Other systems receive code 53 (path not found) when they try to
> >> access king-daddy.
> >> Is there any other information that might be helpful?
> >> How do I approach the problem?
> >> lurker