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Hey guys I finally got my home network set up a couple weeks ago and now everything is gone to crap. I have 2 vista pc's, four xp MCE pc's and an XBox 360. My main vista pc used to monitor all my folding over the network via [email protected], serve files to the other PC's. All of the sudden I went to check my Folding out and the only computer that was showing on my network was the other vista pc, (BTW I never was able to monitor he second vista PC becuase of file ownership issues that I was too lazy to get into.)

 

So, I can see all of my pc's from my laptop, (XP MCE,) but not from my vista pc, I can view the files and monitor my networked PC's using FAHmon from any winXP PC, I can ping everything from everything using both pc names and IP's, I can see my router, (it is only listed as Internet Gateway Device, I think it used to be named 2wire something or other,) but even though I know the vista comp can communicate with everything else via pinging it doesn't show the pcs in my network window. I'm pretty sure that I can't add them manually either as FAHmon has the original addresses still and can't monitor over the network from my vista pc.

 

OK I hope u guys got that. Next, I can't think of anything that has changed since my network was up and running. BTW I used to have my XBOX as a media extender using XP MCE and now it can't find any pc's on the network? This is really my main concern I guess as I want to watch streamed HD movies from my vista PC to my XBOX.

 

But I have tried system restore back as far as I can go, o dice. I googled around and came up with trying to use netsh to reset my registry entries for my TCIP, (or was it IpV4?) settings, I have tried using a wired router, I've tried un-installing and re-installing my protocol/client/services and I am at the end of my rope.

 

Any Ideas? I am very green to networking and would really apreciate the help. BTW all firewalls are off except my router and the settings on my router havn't changed except I put one XP pc back behind the firewall instead of DMZ mode

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Did you check to make sure they are all on the same workgroup? Vista and XP have different defaults.

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Did you check to make sure they are all on the same workgroup? Vista and XP have different defaults.

 

 

Yes they are all MSHOME

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Really? no Ideas? Well maybe this will help,

 

Turned all my computers off except for my main vista rig, my xp laptop and my vista laptop and now my Xbox 360 shows up and I can stream from my main rig to my xbox.

 

Also, all my rigs that are on show up on my network. I'm thinking this may have all been caused by an IP conflict?

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i duno what to tell you either but this has happened to me, the only way i got it to ever show up on the network was when installing windows it asks for the network and you have to put the name in than (MSHOME). i don't know if this makes any sense but the network things is kinda common i think, i few people i know have this issue of it coming and going.

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