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    hi...

    going nuts, can not for the life of me set up a wireless network for my pc(xp) and my laptop(vista) i`ve tried all i know but i think my pc does not see my laptop... im not very tech minded so if any one out there knows any thing pls help cos i think i`ve done more harm then good....

  • #2
    Hello Slippy

    Welcome to Free PC Help

    Have you looked at this article from Microsoft?

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    • #3
      Do your computers see the Internet? I will assume YES because you didn't complain that they don't. Your complaint is that they don't see each other.

      You need to get all machines on the same 'Workgroup'.

      On the XP machine: Right-click MY COMPUER; choose PROPERTIES; choose the COMPUTER NAME tab; click the CHANGE button.

      On the Vista machine: Right -click COMPUTER; choose PROPERTIES; choose CHANGE SETTINGS - it's down a bit on the left. Under the COMPUTER NAME tab, chick the CHANGE button.

      It doesn't matter what WORKGROUP name you choose, but they should be the same. So go ahead and verify they're the same. If they're not, change one to match the other.
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      • #4
        HI.. thanks all for ur help.. but a still have problems. i`ve done the network names, checked adapters, all looks ok,
        the both of them see and can connect to the internet (im on aol using a netgear router/uk)
        on the pc(xp) i have managed to see the laptop(vista) but only on HOC connection, this seems to be the only way my pc can see the laptop, but the laptop still cannot see the pc!!!. but when i click on it it says that my server(admin) does not give me access for this?? is this AOL? i have run the wireless wizard on pc(xp) usind the usb flash and disc wizard to no aveil.
        its doing my nut in. would or can i connect by cable, if so wat do i need?
        many thanks

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        • #5
          No it's not an AOL thing.

          For testing purposes only disable the firewall on both computers and make sure that both computers belong to the same WORKGROUP name and both have different computer names.

          Then create or setup an account with the same name and password for both computers, then see if you can see and connect to each other.

          Then re-enable your Firewall and we can go from there.
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          • #6
            This proves that your network is OK. Problem is with user accounts or firewall. Hopefully someone with more experience will chime here.

            btw: What is an HOC connection?
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            • #7
              It is an ad-hoc connection.

              Making the Wireless Home Network Connection in Windows XP Without a Router

              What is an Ad-Hoc Mode Wireless Connection
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              • #8
                lol,, yeah thats it AD-HOC. as i said im not very tech in these things. will try the firewall and account route. wil let u all know how it goes.
                p.s. is it ok to turn off my fire wall? the 2 computers run different firewalls , mcafee and norton. windows firewall is off on both. again sorry if i sound not clued up on this.
                many thanks

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                • #9
                  An Ad-Hoc connection is OK for connecting computer to computer, but not to Internet. So I see mixed signals here - SS is connecting to Internet from all computers. That indicated an Infrastructure network. What's going on?
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