winxp not seeing other computers on the network.

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I have a recurring problem with a client. He has 2 computers sitting behind a wireless router. When he tries to add his wireless laptop, he sometines only sees 1 of the 2 and sometimes does not see either. I have connected his laptop and checked everything and it all seems fine, then i get a call a couple days later saying he can't see the other computers. I suspect it is a user issue as he has a habit of not listening and learning, i walk him thru it with no success. Does anyone have any similar experiences with XP home? thanks in advance

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Sounds like a master browser election problem. Check the Event logs in all three computers and see if there are a number of reports with respect to that subject.

There’s a registry setting you can tweak (Check on MS’s knowledge base) to force one of the permananent machines to always win the browser election.

You didn’t mention if this is a workgroup or domain, so there might be other factors as well, but this is a likely place to start.

Bob

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  • BinooDas1234
    It seems the firewall option of the network connection settings is checked. Just uncheck that and that might help you. Das
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  • PeterMac
    Have noticed this behavior a lot with XP also occasionally with 2k. System simply does not display full list of Systems on the network. Seems to occur mainly when a new system is put on an existing network, and does not belong to a domain. Does not seem to matter whether the new system is in the same workgroup as other machines or not it just does not display the list. Usually problem can be fixed just by telling the new system to search for any other system by name, it then displays full network list as normal. Don't know of any specific fix, or tweek to prevent it happening in the first place though.
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  • Larrythethird
    You stated that this is a laptop. If the user takes the laptop home and has a home network, he/she might be changing the workgroup setting. This could cause the system to not be on the domain anymore. The laptop would have to relearn the network.
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  • Larrythethird
    You stated that this is a laptop. If the user takes the laptop home and has a home network, he/she might be changing the workgroup setting. This could cause the system to not be on the domain anymore. The laptop would have to relearn the network.
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  • Memito
    have U DNS with Dynamic Actualization property correct configured
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  • Danwalls
    Have you considered creating shortcuts for the other two machines on the laptop?
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  • jinteik
    can be so many issues here.. 1. Firewall 2. Workgroup different
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