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Trying to network my home computers

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by xj0hnx, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    So I have three computers in the house, and a Xbox 360. the 360 is easy, but I am having trouble getting the computers to do what I want. Both of the ones I have connected right now connect to the internet fine, but I want to be able to share file back and forth between them. Ideally I would like to see each machine from the other one as if it were a drive or something like when you open explorer, but so far I can only see the XP machines shared folder from my Vista 64 machine, but not vise versa.

    The set up is;

    cable->
    modem->
    Dynex wired router->
    primary machine with Vista Premium 64-bit with all external drives connected to this machine...
    second machine with XP Home...
    third machine with XP Professional...

    I enabled sharing on one of my external drives, but still can't see it. Everything is plugged into my Vista machine, and I need access to all my external drives. How do I do this?
     
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    Windows firewall configured correctly?
     
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    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    I don't have a Mac.
     
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    try putting them under the same workgroup name. and double check the ports are open/firewall settings. i kno norton 360 blocks sharing.

    i just picked up an external and ill try to network it with a vista machine and access with xp pro machine. ill let you know later this evening how it goes.
     
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    worked for me.. just make sure all under the same work group. my norton was blocking it so i had to adjust my firewall to allow computers to connect. then i went to the vista machine, right clicked the hard drive and "shared." i went to advance sharing and added the entire hard drive folder and then set my permissions to read. to access from xp machine, i went to view workgroup under network and it too a minute or two to load but everything showed up.
     
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