Posted 07 January 2009 - 08:35 PM
I recently added a Vista based laptop to our little home network. All seemed in order as the laptop got to grips with the network and connected to the internet immediately, with no fuss. Then I noticed it was not file-sharing, or even showing the other workgroup computers at all. I checked all the settings for Vista to enable file and printer sharing (Private network and all the other stuff in the drop down menus). Nothing. I dropped the firewall on our Norton product. Nothing. I switched everything off and started again. It worked.
Next day I tried it again and had the same problem. No network comps showing at all (despite seeing them on the XP based machines) no networked printer. Just an internet connection. I did all the above again but this time nothing worked. The Vista machine simply would not recognise anything but the internet connection. I resorted to configuring the Norton firewall as a last resort, changing some of the inbound NetBIOS settings and File Sharing after much reading up on it. Nothing.
I have heard that people have made this kind of set-up work, and I'm familiar with basic networking but this one has me completely stumped. If anyone has any thoughts it would be really useful.