View Full Version : XP Service Pack 2 networking problems
09-14-2004, 10:12 AM
Just recently updated to SP 2, and my network has now gone kwazy.
I basically have one pc running XP SP2 and a powerbook hooked up to a switch which is then hooked up to a router that has 2 macs on it.
Before the update, everything was fine, I could connect to the macs and see them in my workgroup, and everyone could connect to the pc from the macs.
Now on my pc, if i click on View workgroup computers under My Network places, I get the hourglass for a minute, then an error box that says, Workgroup is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource... The network path was not found.
I am logged in as Admin. No problems getting on the net.
Nothing is showing up in my Network Places and it's driving me batty.
The weird thing is, I CAN connect to the pc from my powerbook, so obviously there is some connection going on - just one way. All the computer's workgroups are named WORKGROUP, so I don't know what's up.
Anyone with networking experience, I'd really appreciate your help, as I'm very close to just wiping the darn computer clean and seeing if that helps!
09-14-2004, 10:29 AM
SP2 turns on the firewall by default. If you are already behind a corporate firewall, or not connected to the internet, then turn off the SP2 firewall.
This will also cause grief for people running networked services like render farms. The SP2 firewall will block these services by default.
09-14-2004, 10:34 AM
I've turned the firewall off, but still get the same error message when trying to access workgroups. Seems to change nothing in regards to my issues.
It's got to be some screwy thing that sp2 has on by default, but I can't figure out what is causing that error.
Is simple network file sharing enabled? Disable it if it is. Why they put this option there is beyond me, there's nothing "simple" about it, it just messes things up. Note: this option is turned on by default in a fresh windows xp pro install.
09-14-2004, 06:46 PM
Well, simple file sharing was on before and I had no problems. Even when i turn it off now, I still have the hang when I try to see what computers are in my workgroup.
hmmm. the wonders of computers.
09-14-2004, 06:54 PM
Did you give your Workgroup a unique name prior to the SP2 install? By default the Workgroup is named "MSHOME" which may have been reset by SP2. You may want to check that out. That happened when I installed SP2 onto my computers.
Also, check all of your network (i.e. TCP/IP, DHCP, etc.) settings on the Windows machine to make sure everything is set the way you want it.
09-14-2004, 07:08 PM
Yes, I've checked this, the name of the workgroup is WORKGROUP which is the default workgroup name on apples.
I'm too savvy with tcp/ip...
I have things set up to Obtain IP address automatically with DHCP enabled and I have no troubles accessing the internet. This worked all worked fine last week!
The only settings that seem new to me is 802.1p Support, which seems to be enabled in some places and disabled in others. I've never noticed this heading before.
thanks for your help, i know how impossible it is to troubleshoot someone elses computer without actually being there.
09-20-2004, 11:26 PM
I'm having the same problem! Anyone else out there with an idea?
09-21-2004, 01:26 AM
Not sure if this will help but, I had a simular problem when I setup xp pro in ther first place (8 machines on the network) and the only way I could get them to talk to each other was to set the ip settings to manual(and assine them myself) instead of automatic, I have set them up with sp2 now without a problem.
Just a stab in the dark but you never know.
09-21-2004, 01:40 AM
I meant to say above that I'm NOT too savvy with tcp, not that I was too savvy!
I still can't figure this out, and I'm actually not sure how to set the ip's manually. I know the other people on the network will not want to mess with their settings on their macs anyways.
dangit, it makes me mad because everything was working fine before sp2. I'm considering wiping my computer.
09-21-2004, 05:59 AM
You might want to try here you may get an answer from the experts there, they are very good just go to the windows xp pro forum.
hope it helps.
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