A Dell desktop (DATA) running Windows XP home
A HP Laptop (VISTA) running Vista home premium.
A Gateway laptop (WIN7) running Windows7 Home Premium.
My router is a D-link DI-524 running the latest firmware.
DATA is connected to the router, the laptops connect wirelessly. Both laptops are usually within 15 feet of the router.
I have a second hard drive on DATA that is locally designated as Z: and mapped as Z: on both laptops.
Both laptops will not remain connected to the mapped Z: drive. At login, they will usually map properly and work fine - for a while. If the laptops are left idle or simply if the Z: drive is not accessed for a while, any attempt to access the drive results in this error message:
An error has occurred while reconnecting Z: to
Microsoft Windows Network: The local device name is already in use.
This connection has not been restored.
Only restarting the laptop will fix it, simply logging off and back on will not.
I've searched a lot but haven't found an answer to this. The most promising thing I've found is this thread here from a couple of years ago, but there was no resolution!
How can I fix this?