Wow, here's a "good morning!" topic if I ever saw one!
Alright, first of all, which version of Windows do you have on each laptop?
Please don't tell me there's anything Win9X (95, 98, 98 2nd ed) trying to access anything Windows XP-based, especially Windows XP Homeless Edition. If not, carry on. If so, obtain a large amount of hallucinogenic painkillers. Then carry on.
In Windows XP, go to your Network Card properties on each machine and ENSURE that the Windows Firewall is OFF. Completely OFF. For both machines. Do this by going Control Panel --> Network Connections --> Doube-click the network card icon displayed within --> Click the Properties button --> Click the Advanced tab --> Click the Settings button --> Ensure the Firewall is turned OFF. Click OK and/or Close as required to return to the main Network Card properties page.
Next, using the handy-dandy Support tab on your Local Area Connection page, check your IP address for each machine. Write it down. Ensure that for each IP address segment displayed that it corresponds with your net mask
. So, if your net mask is 255.255.255
, your beginning address numbers should be identical
. I can't stress that enough.
So, if one network card is 192.168.1
and one is 192.168.10
or something to that effect, you're going to need to fix that before you go any further. Once you're sure that both computers are on the same network (as proven by the above address steps), try to ping them.
Report back when you get there, and we'll take it from there. It's always best to start from the beginning - in this case, eliminating the Windows Firewall, checking for disparate Operating Systems, and ensuring both computers are on the same network.
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Specialties: network security and monitoring, network design - VLANs, BOVPNs and WAN networking, AD / DNS / AD-aware services, Exchange 2003/2007, email archiving, many hats indeed.