Re: Now you see it now you don't
On Mon, 7 May 2007 17:01:01 +1000, "Greg" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Why is Windows networking so unreliable and cludgy?
>Vista laptop connected to XP desktop by crossover cable. XP machine
>connected to internet and to external HD. I can access the XP's printers,
>share files, etc (most of the time) but there are problems with the external
>HD. It keeps disappearing from the network (from the laptop's perspective).
>Mind you, the network itself only ever works if I turn the XP desktop on
>first. Sometimes when I turn the laptop on the rst of the network is
>connected fine but the LACIE external HD has disappeared and I have to go
>through the process on the XP machine of sharing it again. At other times I
>turn the laptop on and it is there just fine. I don't change anything. Why
>does Windows do these mysterious annoying things? Is it that there has been
>some new update downloaded that has reset something? How do I stop it doing
>this? Why should I have to reshare the external HD whenever I boot up again?
>(or more precisely randomly sometimes when I boot up) Isn't there some way I
>can say to Windows, "hey listen, I really really mean it - I want this thing
>to be permanently shared, don't ever unshare it again until I tell you!!"?
I'm betting that you have a master browser conflict. The master browser is a
peer elected authority that lists things shared on your LAN. If two computers
don't elect the master browser using the same rules, you can end up with 2
master browsers, which is like a company with 2 CEOs.
Chuck, MS-MVP [Windows - Networking]
Paranoia is not a problem, when it's a normal response from experience.
My email is AT DOT
actual address pchuck mvps org.