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windows 7 suddenly can't see workgroup computers

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#1 ZigzagLampy


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Posted 18 November 2010 - 09:51 PM

Hi all,

I have had a home network for ages set up with a workgroup. It consists of a freecom network drive, a buffalo linkstation, a mac g5, an xp desktop, a windows 7 desktop and a windows 7 laptop. Various other machines join in occasionaly too.
For some reason,the win7 laptop which used to be fine, will no longer see or be contacted by anything other than windows 7 machines. It can be seen on the network by everyone, but can't be accessed except by the win7 desktop.
This may have coincided with a decision I made to no longer keep off line files on the laptop which had been synchronised to a folder on the Freecom Netdrive. I did this because it was creating lots of temporary xl files in the synced folder on the netdrive which were not self deleting when the documents were closed on the laptop.

Any one got any idea what is wrong?

I have gone through every sharing and network adapter setting I can find and made sure they are the same on both win 7 machines. The only difference I can find is NODE TYPE in ipconfig/all. On dektop it is Hybrid, laptop it is Peer-Peer.
Could this be the problem, and if so, how do I change it? (in very simple idiot proof terms please).


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#2 Zuhl3156


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Posted 18 November 2010 - 09:59 PM

Make sure you have the proper network option selected, as in 'Home', 'Work', or 'Public'.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 04:48 AM

Yes it is a home network:
network discovery ON
file and printer sharing ON
public folder sharing ON
media streaming ON
file sharing 128bit encryption ON (and I have tried it off too)
password protected sharing ON (and I have tried it off too)
Allow windows to manage Homegroup connections ON and I have tried use accounts & passwords too.

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