Netbook is HP Mini 1151NR from Verizon w/XP Home (limited version).
Everything is connected wirelessly on a 802.11g home network via Linksys WRT54G2 router. Nothing is hard-wired. (Well, the router is hard-wired to the cable modem.) There are no firewalls active.
Both the Dell and the netbook successfully connect to the Internet. Print and file sharing is set in both. Workgroup name on both is BOYFRIEND. I found a note on another forum describing my problem precisely that said Linksys routers often use NetBUIE or IPX/SPX for internal networks, so I installed both protocols on both computers. It didn't solve the problem, but that's when the Dell first saw the netbook it the workgroup. The current situation is:
Dell can ping itself, but not the netbook. Netbook cannot ping itself or the Dell. Dell shows itself and netbook in the same workgroup, but cannot access files on the netbook. Netbook shows nothing in workgroup BOYFRIEND, not even itself. In other words, after spinning a while, it says it can't access workgroup Boyfriend. "You might not have permissions to use this network resource." I repeat, there are no firewalls active.
It appears to me that the netbook isn't accessible from the network. Why not? No evidence of any firewall other than the Windows firewall. Network acts the same with and without those firewalls active on both machines.
This is a brand new netbook. We haven't added any firewalls and there is nothing in the documentation or control panel to suggest the software is anything but a standard version of XP Home.
What do I try next?
Edited by dcrane, 22 August 2009 - 07:30 PM.