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Offline Files . Sync sharing

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Old 01-31-2008

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Offline Files . Sync

I am having a perplexing problem with Sync Center and offline files.

I am using VISTA on my T61 laptop (Vista Business) and GATEWAY desktop
(Home). I am using the Desktop as the "primary" file server which
would be the master source for files. However, I travel a great deal
and take the laptop with me wherever, so most of my changes are made on
the laptop. Occasionally, I will work with a file on the desktop.

For a short while, the Sync center worked well and the network
connected the laptop and desktop whenever I turned the laptop on at
home. For some reason, now, I cannot make a network connection through
the sync center or through any other means that I am aware of USING THE

My desktop is called GATEWAY. My laptop is T61. On the T61 when I am
connected to my home network, I can go to Windows "Computer" and see
the network location for GATEWAY which is mapped as "Z". However,
clicking on this location, I get to the offline files location on the
laptop and not on the GATEWAY. In Sync Center, I see under "offline
files" - NETWORK FILES AVAILABLE OFFLINE. So I am able to get to the
cached files on the laptop but I can't get to the Desktop folder that
the files are in and I can not sync the changes in both computers.

Further, if I try to access the GATEWAY via NETWORK in Windows, I can
only get to the location on the Desktop - as if the computers were not
on the network.

However, I tried to access the Desktop/GATEWAY using its IP address and
I can connect to it. To try this, I tried to map the drive to a
different letter drive than Z.

I have thought about turning offline files off (not sure how to do
that), disconnecting the mapped drive Z, and starting over, but I will
probably lose a significant of work that has been done on the two
computers and not synced in the past 2 weeks since I was last able to

I am not a tech guru, and I am getting very frustrated. I imagine that
this is a simple issue and I should be able to reconnect the laptop and
the desktop using the mapped drive or the network function. But I
can't figure out how or what I must do.

Can anyone share their knowledge on this situation?



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