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Q: Bizarre Network Path/Sharing Issue

I have several computers set up on a home network, specifically for the purposes of accessing desktop files on a notebook and vice versa. Sharing is set up correctly and somewhat openly across the board, with full permissions for owners and the like. Pretty much works without issue.

For illustration purposes, let's call the name of my main computer XX-XX.

I can access any and all folders on XX-XX's pair of hard drives (let's call them A and B). The path for those folders appear correctly as \\XX-XX\Folder.

I have set up drives A and B for sharing, however, I cannot access them, I get the standard error message that I can't access them. And here's the best part...when I look at the paths for drives A and B, they look like this:


Now I will take full responsibility for how this happened - at one time, I changed my computer name from XX-XX to Xx-xx, then back to XX-XX again. My fault. But when I check my computer name anywhere you can possibly check it, it comes up as XX-XX -- under the Computer tabs, Device Manager, etc., etc. Only when I check the paths under the Sharing tab for the A and B drives do I see this old Xx-xx convention. Which is obviously wrong, and will prevent me from accessing let alone sharing. In fact, when I right click on either the A or B drive, and go to the sharing tab, the "Share" option under "Network Path" is greyed out, I can't even select it.

So bottom line is that I can access everything that I need to by way of sharing the folders on the A and B drives, but I'd like to fix the situation so that I can access the root drives as well. No idea where to start, any clues?

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A: Bizarre Network Path/Sharing Issue

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I have an issue with homegroup sharing. I have been to countless sites with no solution. The point I want to make...is I had it all working fine...then I "moved" 1 computer ( I have an ASUS RT-N66U Off my modem....Computer #1 was connected to this through ethernet cable....Computer #2 was connected to this through wireless...and #3 is connected by Ehternet cable to a Linksys WRT54G2 which is connected by cable to the RT-N66U) Sharing was fine between all computers until I moved #1 out to the garage for a while and connected it to the WRT54G2 via cable.....then my home group went to ****...sharing gone....I get the no network path error. I moved #1 back in the house and re-established my original set-up. I have left and re-created homegroups numerous times....I un-shared and re-shared my folders. What I have now is...all 3 have joined homegroup....all 3 show up in the network. #1 only sees #2 in the homegroup...and cannot access the shared folders on #2 and #3. #2 sees no computers in the homegroup...but can access the shared folders on #1 and #3 by selecting them through the network field. #3 sees none in homegroup, and cannot access any shared folders. #1 running Win 8.1....2 & 3 are running Win 7. I did run across the one PC that would not start media streaming service....I resolved this issue....then discovered that under media streaming sharing options the other pc's were not listed under the private network....but the publ... Read more

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My network completely collapsed for no good reason after taking the client machine apart and putting it back together exactly the same way. It worked perfectly before that.

In trying to set it back up, nothing worked, and I found it easier to uninstall ALL protocols and services, (apart from TCP/IP), and network adapters from both machines, and re-installing them to give myself a clean slate to work from.

OK, with that done, the folowing protocols are installed...

Client for MS networks
QOS packet scheduler
File and printer sharing for MS networks
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
IPX/SPX/Netbios compatible transport protocol.

The last two are installed purely to support a game or two that seems to prefer networking with them but otherwise aren't there for anything.

Windows firewall was then turned OFF on both machines, and the remaining firewall on "Server" (Sygate personal pro) was set to allow all, rendering it harmless.

OK, First the network setup wizard was run on the internet machine ("Server"). It was then run on the client machine ("client")

Both machines can ping each other on the network with no problems. A portscan of client helped me find out I could telnet succesfully to port 17 (qotd) of client, which I did because I was bored. No problems there then!

The network MSHOME, on both machines, shows that both "Client" - and "Server" - are connected

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A:bizarre xp pro network issue

Change your attachment IMMEDIATELY. Never publish your ISP's IP-address!
And also don't publish your NIC's MAC-address (see my xx-xx-xx etc. below)

Using a router and fixed IPs, my ipconfig /all looks as follows:

Windows 2000 IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . .: pc's name
Primary DNS Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139(A) PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : (my PC's IP)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : (my router's IP)
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : (ditto)

All my other PCs are the same except for their own IP-address.

In your attachment I noticed incongruencies between the 2 setups:
Client has DHCP enabled, Server not
Both have IP Routing and Wins Proxy enabled, this should be DISabled.
Server has no Default Gateway.

I think I gave you this link already, but look again:
Have a look at the attachment here:

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Hello everyone at Bleepingcomputer. First post, didn't really want to seek out help as I am usually capable of handling most computer problems on my own, but this one just seems bizarre and frankly it's driving me round the bend.
Getting straight to the problem. Out of the blue I noticed while any sound/video is playing, loading or opening any new tabs at all in Firefox would cause a horrible grinding/glitching super stutter (think robots screaming) for 1-2 seconds. I thought that maybe my laptop was just under too heavy of a load at the moment and didn't worry about it, but after restarts it still persisted. What was more weird was while nothing else was open and I was watching video I would randomly get it too, never in the same scenes though (lots of processing on a grainy scene or something that might cause video/sound lag). That's when I noticed killing the internet connection completely cleared it up. I could put the computer under full load and not get the slightest sound skip. I've never encountered something like this. Basically any network traffic causes the CPU activity to spike to 90/100% usage for 1-2 seconds. As I said this is every time I load or open any tab in Firefox, whether its a bare bones text html or a massive image heavy page.
I have never encountered such a bizarre problem before. How is network traffic causing these massive spikes? I have not installed or changed my set up, it just seemed to appear out of nowhere.

A:Bizarre sound issue associated with network

I've had an Intel I219-V network card driver causing huge DPC latency spikes, and that caused audio to glitch. Guess you can use LatencyMon to investigate that. A possible solution is updating to a newer driver version or an older one.

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I have a problem with windows 10.
In windows 7 when I mapped drive I could send script to my program and say "open file > x:/folder/file.exe"

In windows 10 I have to go and do "open file > //"

This is causing HUGE issues with lots of render softwares and all. As they thing we try to reach website and they throw out an errors saying that its not supported etc etc. I'm talking about multiple software producets etc etc.

How can we change windows 10 path system back to Windows 7 ?

And why the heck did MS even change it ?! Without keeping legacy support FFS.

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Recently I purchased a new Desktop, running W7 HP 64bit.
I have an external hard drive plugged into that desktop and I want to share the files on it across the network, primarily to my laptop using the same version of windows.

I have the same work group for both, same network and neither computer shows up on each others' network locations.

Though for both my xbox 360, when on does show up on both.

Im not running any third party firewalls.
Network sharing and discovery are both on.

I've also tried using the homegroup feature with no luck on either end.
Something is blocking both or one the computers to communicate (probably the new one)
I used to run workgroup with my previous desktop running xp, and it worked fine.

Help, solutions, suggestions?

A:Network Sharing Issue

Hi ShadowFactoryX and Welcome to SF,

Verify that all your Network Services are Started from Control Panel=> Performance and Maintenance=> Admin Tools=> Services:
• COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
• Computer Browser
• DHCP Client
• DNS Client
• Network Connections
• Network Location Awareness
• Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
• Server
• TCP/IP Netbios helper
• Wireless Zero Configuration ( XP wireless configurations only)
• WLAN AutoConfig ( Vista wireless configurations only)
• Workstation

Also, create an Identical User Account on all your of your computers in your Network.

If you're using the Windows built-in Firewall, make sure that Files and Printer sharing is Excluded.

Verify that Netbios is enabled on all the computers in your Network.
Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP ? TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog

Disable Password Protected Sharing.
Disable Password Protected Sharing — MAXIMUMpcguides – Windows 7 tips, tricks, help, and how-to guides

Please post an update.

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I am having this same problem. XP pro to XP pro. I just did a uninstall of Norton Internet Security 06 and installation of Norton AV 07. I have since restored to a time prior to any norton installs/uninstalls (had to do so in safe mode).

My notebook is able to browse internet and email via a router on my workgroup NMC. I can ping the desktop from the computer, but the other direction times out. I have disabled windows firewall on both computers.

When I do a "run //ip of desktop" from the notebook, I am able to see the listing of shares in explorer and access those folders on the desktop from the notebook. Attempts at the notebook all time out.

Here's the report from ipconfig/all on the notebook that is invisible to the workgroup:

C:\Documents and Settings\MSL>ipconfig/all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : MSL-NOTEBOO
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Cont
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0D-56-B1-27-51

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 14:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Airlink101 MIMO XR Cardbus Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-14-A5-85-88-1D
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . ... Read more

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I have a lenovo y430 laptop.  I have a(n) issue that I want deleted.  In the network and sharing center when selecting to customize my system to private mode then selecting the map window, the network shows a(n) alignment of-my lenovo laptop name-my hotspot device-a gate way device-the letter x in red color-then the internet access unhighlighted.  I want to know how can I delete the gateway device and the letter x from the line up in private mode so that it is not interfacing with my system at all.  I keep my internet connection on wireless access use.  All I want to have for the line up interface is-my lenovo laptop name-my hotspot device-intenet connection access.  The gateway device has a IPv6 Address-fe80::28c:4b49:622b:f49f and MAC Address-72-f4-63-6b-b3-70.  If anyone can give me the solution to this lenovo issue I would gladly appreciate it.
Moderator note: off topic post moved to its own thread.

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Hi I'm new to the forum and I'm hoping one of you can help me with a network sharing issue.

I'm trying to connect my xbox to my laptop so I can use its wireless connection. I have done this before on a previous laptop with no issues, but every time I try to bridge to connections I get an error message saying

"to create a network bridge you must select at least two or high speed internet connections that are not being used by internet sharing"

I have done some searches and I have been told to enable sharing on the main wireless connection, but every time I try to do this I get an error saying

"an error occurred while connection sharing was being enabled


I did another search and was told to go into services and set a few programs to automatic at start-up which I did to no effect. I was also told the disable UAC control but that has done nothing

if I go into properties on my wireless I and check the to boxes the only options I have in the drop down menu is Wireless Connection 2 and local LAN

Any help on this would be very much appreciated



A:network sharing and bridge issue

Sure internet connection sharing is off?

route -4 print
Do it when lan-cable is connected. Post output

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I've been all over these boards finding little bits of help for the issue I am having, but no solution. I've tried pretty much everything.

I have TWO PC's on my network. Since I like Star Wars I named one Ziost, and the other Mandalore. I have turned on Network Discovery on both machines in the Advanced Sharing Settings. I have both machines also set to "Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections (recommended)".

I have looked through all the services recommended by others to make sure they are running. They are on both machines.

I have both machines joined to a homegroup, however Ziost was unable to create a homegroup. The error message simply just said the homegroup could not be created on that machine. So I created the homegroup on Mandalore. No problem, it created just fine and spit out a password. Ziost was able to see the homegroup and join it just fine with the password given out.

I can access Mandalores folders FROM Ziost. And on Ziost I can see Madalore in the Network in Windows Explorer.

However, on Mandalore, it says I'm in a homegroup, but there are no PC's in the homegroup. And Mandalore cannot see Ziost in the Network section of Windows Explorer.

I thought it could be the default firewall settings. But on both machines the firewall settings are identical.

What can I be missing that would allow Ziost to see (and even map a network drive) everything on Mandalore, but then not vice versa? Mandalore is my main, newer PC, so I'm trying to k... Read more

A:Network Sharing and Homegroup issue

did you happen to use the easy transfer wiz to migrate your files and settings from a previous build?

Are both pcs using different 7 builds?

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I've set up an Ad Hoc network between my PC-XP and my Laptop-Vista, with the PC as the host but i can't seem to view the PC's shared files on the Laptop, or the Laptop's shared files on the PC. can't see where i've gone wrong any advise guys?

A:File sharing network issue

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Hi I have a server with Os windows2003, server is not configured in any domain(it is in workgroup), there are multiple computer connected to network, some are in company domain and some are in workgroup,
File sharing option is enable on server.
I am not able to transfer the files from server to non domain pc (workgroup), it is asking for username and password, after giving the username and password which is configured on server, it states username and password are invalid, while with the same user name I can transfer files to the pcs which are configured in company domain.
Can anyone help out with this issue.

A:File sharing issue in the network

Did you add the computer name before entering the username? For example if I wanted to authorise myself as a user called Josh on a machine called Josh-PC I would have to enter the following:

Username: Josh-PC\Josh

Then I would enter the password for that account.

In a domain environment it will automatically assign the correct domain name so you do not need to add anything before entering the username.

You may want to look into password protected sharing on Server 2003. I have not used this OS so I cannot offer any specific steps


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I have 3 computers, now all with windows 8 pro and media frontend software xbmc. Not all computers are on all the time, when i turn one one and click on xbmc it is set to immediatley go out over my home network and scan for new media added, now that i have windows 8 on all computers, xbmc cant do this because windows 8 is asking me for a network login and password.

I dont want windows 8 asking me for a network login and password, this prevents xbmc from scanning my network media drives for new things that were added or from just accessing them in general.

I have both a homegroup and workgroup setup, xbmc looks for network media via a windows smb share, whatever that is. I have all advanced sharing options set correctly including no password protection.

perhaps is this the issue, does homegroup networking ask for network login and workgroup would not in windows 8?


A:windows 8 network sharing issue

Originally Posted by tcman50

I have 3 computers, now all with windows 8 pro and media frontend software xbmc. Not all computers are on all the time, when i turn one one and click on xbmc it is set to immediatley go out over my home network and scan for new media added, now that i have windows 8 on all computers, xbmc cant do this because windows 8 is asking me for a network login and password.

I dont want windows 8 asking me for a network login and password, this prevents xbmc from scanning my network media drives for new things that were added or from just accessing them in general.

I have both a homegroup and workgroup setup, xbmc looks for network media via a windows smb share, whatever that is. I have all advanced sharing options set correctly including no password protection.

perhaps is this the issue, does homegroup networking ask for network login and workgroup would not in windows 8?


I'm not sure what you mean by network login?

Are you talking about the sign in credentials? You can easily set up Windows to sign in automatically. Just go to the run box and type netplwiz this will take you to the Manage Passwords page where you can set it to sign in automatically.

I'm not sure about xbmc's requirements but setting up a Homegroup and having other machines outside the Homegroup but in the Workgroup is the ideal set up for sharing things with select users.

If you can post a screen shot of this problem it would b... Read more

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I have a Desktop running Windos ME. I have Lexmark All in One installed on the desktop. I have another dell laptop running XP. Both r connected using the cat5e cable. I can share the internet and files on the desktop and acess it through laptop. when i try to connect to printer, printer is listed and when i select printer, err. msg says

"Windows cannot connect to printer.Operation could not be completed".

Desktop have the IP
and laptop have automatic assign IP enabled.

Can anyone help.

Thank You


A:Issue with sharing a printer on network

Is the printer turned on at this point? I'm sure you checked that, but I have an almost identical setup at my parents house, where the laptop running XP Home connects via crossover to a 98se computer sharing a lexmark printer. And after setting up the network and installing the printer on the XP machine, all worked flawlessly.

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I am having some issues with sharing a printer on the network here at the office. I have read over numerous posts about this issue which I will provide links so you can see all the various steps that I have taken to try and fix this issue.

The issue is alluding me in terms of fixing the issue. Here is how I need to configure the connection in order to allow 3 computers to print from the same printer.

Desktop #1 Windows 7 Professional ~ Networked with the Correct Workgroup and can share all files back and forth with other PC's on the network. This one has the printer connected through a USB direct connection which is also shared. I need to allow the other PC's to print using this connection.

Desktop #2 Windows XP Professional ~ Networked with the correct Workgroup and can share all files back and forth with other PC's including those with Windows 7. I need to use the printer connected to Desktop #1. All documents and formats will not print at all.

Laptop #3 Windows 7 Professional ~ Networked with the Correct Workgoup and can share all files back and forth with other PC's on the network. I need to use the printer connected to Desktop #1 in order to print Documents. All documents and formats will not print at all.

The issues that I am having is that Desktop #1 can print all documents just fine with the printer which is a Magicolor 2500W Laser printer. I have all the latest drivers on all operating systems including those for XP and for Windows 7.

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A:Printer Sharing Issue within a Work Network

I'm sorry if I've glossed over this but what model is your printer?

If it is a networkable printer (Ethernet printer) I would recomend using that.

We can try and get it to work when I'm sure what printer you have.


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I have a wirelss network at the house. I am runnig Windows 8.1 on one computer and Vista business edition on another. There are others in th family on the same netwrk. My problem. I have turned on Password protection on both systems under the network ang sharing options. I want for anybody who is on the network to have to provide a user name and password before they can gain access. From the 8.1 system, when I try to acess the Vista system is *** for a uer name nad pasword. Great. However, fro the Vista system to the 8,1 I can not seem to get it to ask for a username and pasword. Help!!!

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I have just downloaded Media Player 11 so i can share music with my PS3 but when i click on Library and then select Media Sharing, and tick the box that say share my media and click ok nothing happens for about 30 secs, then the OK button becomes highlighted/available again and thats it, no options or anything, just the tick box for share my media.

If i close the box and go back in then the tick box is unchecked again, ticking it and clicking ok seems to do nothing.

Any ideas?

A:Media Player 11 Network Sharing Issue

Any ideas?

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I just added a 5th computer (xppro) to an unsecured wireless network running on an SMC router with an xphome and 3 98se computers that's worked flawlessly for years. The 5th computer gets the internet fine and can access files on the existing units, but I get a "log in/access denied" message when I try to transfer files to it.
Configuration of 5th computer:
Given to me so already had an admin account with no password;
I added another admin account with password-didn't help;
It's running Mcafee security which I can't turn off;
Windows firewall is turned off.

What's preventing the other computers from accessing the 5th computer?

Edit:The 5th computer is connected with a LinkSys usb adapter.

A:Solved: File sharing issue on wireless network

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HI all experts,
Kindly advice as I am unable to surf the internet as usual from now on due to the network-sharing issue .
supposedly , i registered and pay for my own account , not so sure why I can see other accounts in the menu .
My account is edward82 . I would like to get advice whether the accounts  will affect my internet access perfomance.
If so, are there any trouble shootings to deal with it as i have fed up with the said .
Thank you.

A:network sharing slow down the internet browsing issue

HI All,
Actually , I was unable to put in the screen shot and didn't know how to explain my curent issue.
simply put :
I am having network performance issue when sharing a single network with multiple users.
kindly advice again.
thank you

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So I have two computers. One is a laptop that connects to the internet via wireless. The other computer is a PC. I wish to connect these two together to share internet.

Ive have successfully done this in the past via a network bridge, but it was with a different wireless card on the laptop. Now that I use a new wireless card, for some reason the same methods I used before yield no results. The old adapter was a NETGEAR WG511T and the new one is the Intel 3945ABG card. I have read on the microsoft site that the possible issue might be that the intel card does not support promiscuous mode, but then gave steps to force it to be compatible. I followed those steps but nothing changed. When the bridge is connected, it sees the cables in and everything but ip address and all that is

So then I tried just networking the PC and the Laptop by LAN and sharing the wireless internet connection. This also did not work. The network works, and the laptop still has internet, but the PC does not. The PC sees the Wireless connection as shared under the network connections tab, but pings and web browsing do not work. Both networks are on different subnets (wireless is on 192.168.2.x and LAN is on 192.168.0.x). I have the PC configured with a manual ip address of I have tried using the network setup wizard but it just ends up saying an error occurred but doesnt give me a reason.

Any suggestions on what to do next?

Any help is appreciated.

A:Solved: Internet Connection Sharing/Network Bridge issue

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I know there is a way to copy a Local network path to a Word document or even an interoffice email that allows the user to just click on the link. However when I copy the link only part of the link is underlined and hyperlinked. It runs in my mind that I need to place Quotations around the path in order for it to show as a hyperlink but that does not work. can anyone help me?? Thanks in advanced

A:Local Network path to UNC path

does anyone have any idea about this thread. I have posted it but received no response. Thanks

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I am trying to use the following batch script and it is failing with system error 53 network path not found. I want to copy a file from a server in the UNC path to my local drive. I am using Windows 7. Since I am using my adminID do I need to use a command linke "runas adminID cmd"?

To add insult to injury, it is also giving me an error on the copy command probably because the net use did not work. I hope I have provided enough information for you to point me in the right direction.

net use z: \\MyServer\D$\"Program Files\ibm\cognos\c10"\ /user:domain\admID PassW0rd
xcopy z:\myfilet.txt C:\"Program Files (x86)\IBM\cognos\c10\myfile.txt"
net use z: /delete


A:UNC path - Network path not found

The quotes need to be around the entire path.

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Is it possible with the non-W7 machine's shares set to something besides "guest access allowed"?

I've tried a few tweaks on my Windows 7 desktop and my Kubuntu 11.04 Linux-running laptop. Nothing has worked. Unless access to a shared directory is set to guest on the laptop, the Windows box keeps asking for a legitimate password, whenever I attempt to 'open' them.

Both machines have the same log-in strings for both basic log-on and Samba. Or do they? I'm presuming there's no separate logon/password required for Windows 7 Home Premium when it comes to file sharing, but as a late Windows XP Professional user (both SP2 and SP3), I'm not taking anything wholly for granted. Any Windows build since the dawn of XP that installs without gpedit.msc is bound to be lacking in other ways, imco.

So any help or advice someone could offer would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


A:Issue area: Mixed-network file sharing with Windows 7 Home Premium

Have a look at this. How to Share Printers and Files in Ubuntu and Windows 7

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recently, i found an older mic in my closet, and being an avid counter-strike player, i try to get it working.

so i've enabled the mic in windows, tested it in windows, works great. however, when i go to use it in cs(enabled, yes) it gives me a quiet, garbled and delayed repeat of my audio output, such as, if i have the mic on, and i shoot a gun, about half a second later, it will come out garbled and quiet from my mic.

this would be kind of normal, except i am using headphones.

i have a dell c600 latitude laptop, a generic creative mic and panasonic headphones, and i am running windows xp.

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To start off, I had Windows 7 Professional loaded and working on a HP dv6700CTO. I upgraded from Windows Vista Ultimate.

I had win7 working for about two days until one morning I opened my laptop lid and it gave me a black screen with the error "Operating System not found." I started the laptop up again and it got to the screen stating Starting Windows and just hung there. I tried to reinstall win7 from the original bootable flash drive that I used and when I get to choosing the hard drive to install/format, It can't detect my computer's hard drive. I then tried using a vista dvd to to access my hard drive but it hangs on a black screen with only the mouse pointer appearing after "Windows is loading files." Every now and then the same thing happens when using the win7 flash drive. I'm not sure if this is an issue with my hard drive or something else, I just received this hard drive as a replacement for a failed one a day prior to installing win7.

Any help would be much appreciated

A:bizarre issue

Sounds like a bad hard drive. What is the brand?

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Hi all,

Since the hard drive got replaced on my laptop about a year ago, I've only had one working USB port on my laptop. This hasn't been an issue, as I've coped by using a USB splitter. Unfortunately, my laptop has recently started to behave differently depending on what I plug into the splitter.

For example, speakers always work when plugged into the splitter, as does my Numark Mixtrack Pro II DJ controller. However, I can't get any mouses to work. My laptop also doesn't detect my phone when plugged into the splitter.

I've tried removing the splitter and plugging a mouse/ phone directly into my laptop and it still doesn't work, so the problem clearly isn't the splitter. I've tried reinstalling the USB driver things in device manager, but I'm still having the same issue.

*** is going on? Running Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, if that's relevant.

A:Bizarre USB port issue

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

What happen to the USB ports? Were they blown out?

Please follow this guide here to perform a System File Check of Windows:

How to run SFC /scannow from Command Prompt | Tech Support Forum

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Hi everyone...

I have a really weird thing going on in both IE and Firefox. My Facebook profile page is "stuck" on a version from a few days ago. I have tried EVERYTHING to refresh it...I have:

1. Cleared all caches and cookies
2. Deleted all sorts of temp files
3. Done a "hard refresh" in both browsers
4. Contacted my ISP, who had me a) unplug my cable modem for 30 secs, b) uplug my router for 30 secs, c) flush my DNS cache, and d) reboot

Nothing. Nada.

It happens only at home--when I'm on my laptop at a coffeeshop or on my computer at work, then I can access the profile just fine. It's something on this computer only.

I know my Facebook profile isn't all that important, but I'm just stymied as to why I can't get a web page to refresh no matter what. And get this--my wife, when she logs into her Facebook page on the same computer--hers refreshes instantly.

AARRRGHH...any thoughts?


A:Bizarre browser issue

Have you tried contacting Facebook?

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Dell Lattitude E5530.
1. When battery installed, no adapter is found. Battery won't charge. Computer will boot but not charge. BIOS says "NO ADAPTER FOUND"2. When battery removed, adapter is found. Computer will boot. BIOS says "90W adapter".3. When placed on Docking Station with Battery, no adapter found. Boots but won't charge.4. When placed on dock with no battery, won't boot. If I plug an adapter into the dock and another into the computer then it boots. BIOS then says "90W Adapter".5. If I boot using the adapter, then plug in battery, battery LED goes out and it sees no adapter and shows battery not charging.6. If I boot using the battery, then plug in the adapter and remove the battery, it shuts off and I have to reboot it.What I've tried:Updated all drivers.Cannot update BIOS because this requires a partly charged battery AND an adapter. Comp won't see adapter when battery is plugged in.I have tried 4 different 90W DELL adapters from Latitude computers (co-workers have same computer).I have tried 2 other batteries besides the one that came with it.Nothing makes any difference. No matter what combo of adapters and batteries I use, the symptoms remain the same.
Any suggestions would be most welcome!


A:Bizarre power issue.

If you haven't changed the DC jack, that' s next:
If you have, to no effect -- or replace it to no effect, the mainboard is the faulty part.

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What's happening is when i go to insert an Autotext entry, the autotext usually just appears as lots of squares like you see in the insert symbol section i.e. . It also sometimes has letters mixed in too.

I've included a few screen shots to demonstrate. To try and fix this issue, i have deleted the normal.dot file and restarted Word and also copied a version of normal.dot from a working Word version and still no go.

We are all using Office 2003 with all the latest updates and patches. The strange thing is, it has affected half the PCs in the office which includes 2 older workstations and a 3 month old workstation all of which are running XP SP2.

This problem only occurs in Word.

Any help would be appreciated.


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I'm not sure when it started since I don't spend much time in this menu (though I'm sure it worked before), but my Settings app currently looks like the attached picture (that Fez icon is my user icon, if you were curious). It's basically illegible. When I try to change the color scheme, nothing really happens. Most of my apps work fine (and this issue is pretty much non-existent in Desktop mode), but many of the settings are basically inaccessible to me currently. Any ideas short of a system restore or something similar?

A:Bizarre issue with settings app

Turns out this was an issue with my Nvidia drivers. The most recent ones cause this issue but when I rolled back to an older version (from June or July) the problem was gone.

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I received a response email from a good friend this morning, and the email she sent only showed up on my Samsung tablet. I have Comast.net email. I checked all other options...my iPhone, my MacBook, my desktop Mac and the actual Comcast.net website where the webmail account originates. Nothing came in from her at any of those places (including Spam or Trash folders), but I did get the email on my tablet in the email program I set Comcast.net up in. This has never happened before, and I don't understand how it could happen. Keep in mind her email was a response to mine sent yesterday, so it isn't even like she started with a fresh email addressed wrongly somehow.

Any thoughts?

I'm a bit nervous with all the talk of a huge Android hack, since my tablet is obviously Android based, although my other devices are all Apple.

Should I be worried about some sort of hack or is it just a fluke that will likely not happen again?

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Hi all,

Since the hard drive got replaced on my laptop about a year ago, I've only had one working USB port on my laptop. This hasn't been an issue, as I've coped by using a USB splitter. Unfortunately, my laptop has recently started to behave differently depending on what I plug into the splitter.

For example, speakers always work when plugged into the splitter, as does my Numark Mixtrack Pro II DJ controller. However, I can't get any mouses to work. My laptop also doesn't detect my phone when plugged into the splitter.

I've tried removing the splitter and plugging a mouse/ phone directly into my laptop and it still doesn't work, so the problem clearly isn't the splitter. I've tried reinstalling the USB driver things in device manager, but I'm still having the same issue.

Wtf is going on? Running Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, if that's relevant.

A:Bizarre USB port issue

I would suspect that the USB port is unable to supply the power required by some of the devices. Are you using a powered hub ("splitter")? There may have been some damage to your computer during the hard disk change that has cause this and the failure of the other USB ports.

Welcome to the forum.

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OK. So my computer will no power on inside my house specifically. It turns on fine at best buy or even in my neighbor's house, but not at my house. Yes I am using a surge protector. Yes I tested all the outlets in the house. Yes I checked my outlets with a volt/ohm meter. Everything seems to check out and all my other devices work perfectly. Before I moved to this house the computer worked well in my old apartment for months. Also, I have already rellaced the psu and the cmos battery, and yes I have still only been able to power it on using outlets in other buildings besides my house. Any ideas? I am getting so frustrated.

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My MS keyboard is behaving weirdly. When I press shift+2, it gives " instead of @

Likewise other keys have their symbols swapped.

Problem came up after installing windows 8 but am not too sure I should be blaming MS for it.

Is it software or hardware issue? Any ideas?

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It's like the num pad decimal character no longer exists. I've tried using a different keyboard and even used the on screen keyboard; no matter what I cannot type a . using the num pad. Any ideas?

Thank in advance,

A:Bizarre Numpad issue

Hi Tim, welcome to TSF !

Make sure numlock is on.

Check the default input language : start => run => intl.cpl. Click on the language tab then on details and make sure the default input language corresponds to your keyboard layout. You can add more languages if needed.

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At some point, something hidden or not apparent is stealing the focus of other windows. My screensaver no longer turns on, and I usually use alt+tab to navigate. When I open alt+tab, it will only be available for a split second before it disappears as whatever this program is takes focus.

It's odd because I can type just fine, but when I open a new program it does not have focus (ie appears in the background and I have to navigate to it). And if I open a full-screen slide-show it is forced to downsize.

I have stopped services, programs, processes, started new profiles, to no avail. I haven't tried safe-mode yet, but I'd imagine it probably wouldn't do it there because I don't think this is a windows-based process stealing the focus. Below is my HijackThis log. Any suggestions?

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:30:32 AM, on 11/2/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneL... Read more

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I have an HP pavillion with a 740b dvd burner. Lately, it's developed an odd issue where it won't burn to DVDs.
It will burn CDs read CDs and DVDs and do the lightscribe thing, but it won't burn DVDs.

I thought the drive might be bad, so I installed another working DVD burner and it is now exhibiting the same symptoms. The 740b is master, the second drive is slave.

I deleted all the dvd burning related software, including all my video editing software. I've deleted the drive through device manager and by hand in the registry, but the problem persists.

The fact that both drives are not functioning in the same manner leads me to believe this is a software issue.

Can anyone help me? I really need this drive working.

I recently added Norton 360 v2. I don't know if that might be affecting things.

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Hey well.... Today i just got on my lappy, and its all normal, then im watching some vid. online, and my computer freezes... Its not like a scree nfreeze, but i cant minimize the window, but i can make those blue-boxes (on the main screen) cuz the window wasnt maximized, and i hit ctrl+alt+delete, to open up Task Manager, and then i wait a few seconds, and then its a black scree, and then my mouse is on it, i then wait a few moments, and i had to hit the power button to turn off my lappy... I restart- it restarted normally, with normal speed and all, then it freezes a little bit later againt, and atm, this is the only moment where my laptop hasnt frozen !

And im hoping it wonr freeze again... but im just wondering, could it be a registery problem? I mean, i dont really let anything at start-up get too-out of-control, i go into msconfig and manage all that i want to start etc. etc... But, when i scanned my lappy with Windows Defender (Full scan) it came up with like 4 different things, the certain files were having unwanted things(according to Defender...) And so, is it because of those files, all of those files are identical, and they are also from Safari... they have something to do with Safari,(im on Vista x64, but i like safari 4, think its the fastest )

Any help?
Any Reg-Cleaners? (THat work with x64 Bit) ?

A:Totally Bizarre Freezing Issue

Hello DarkDavil,
You could try to clean out your registry and also scan for malware. Follow the links, they are both free but be sure to backup your registry when promted. Good luck and post your results.


CCleaner - Download

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Nice one for the pure genius.......

Just changed from using a VGA cable to my monitor to HDMI. Nothing else is different. I am using an ASUS graphics card and all was well before. The only reason to changing to HDMI was length of cable.

Despite setting screen resolution to max, 1920 X 1080, as it was before, Windows displays on the screen with a black border round the outside, that is, not full screen.

At boot up the motherboard screen displays full screen, as does the 'starting Windows' page, but when it come to displaying anything thereafter it shows it smaller. Any ideas, guys?


A:[SOLVED] Bizarre display issue

What is the make of the Graphics Card, and does the card have a control center for adjusting graphics settings, like nVidia, and ATI?

If there is, open the graphics control program, and look for "Scaling Options" then adjust your display.

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So I've recently built a new machine for gaming and work etc and I was having some issues which I thought I'd nailed down to being related to my SSD which I was running the OS off of. I wiped the ssd and the HDD I was using for storage and reinstalled the OS on the HDD, leaving the SSD out of the box entirely. It was working fine for a day until this morning. When I turned it on it gave me the "Select OS" prompt as if I had multiple OSs installed on different drives. Both options were Win 7 but the second option gave me a "device cannot be found" error as if it was looking for the original win 7 install that was on the SSD. I'm at a loss for what to do.

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Hello, are you saying the OS is crashing and you can't get back on or do you need the other options gone so it can just auto boot without the prompt?

If it's crashing, it sounds like a driver issue. On your motherboard do you have two different SATA ports? Like one is Intel and the other Gigabyte (just making this up)? But the solution is to make sure you install the drivers for them from the CD that came with your motherboard. You can try switching to the other and see what happens.

Try swapping cables too just a to be sure. Follow your motherboard recommendation for the proper BIOS setting for SATA if you haven't.

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I use a Dymo Labelwriter 450 Turbo for printing barcode labels for my Amazon business. In the past, I had a Vista desktop and had no problem using the snapshot tool from the edit menu on Adobe Acrobat reader (amazon loads the labels into a PDF).

As soon as I upgraded to a new Lenovo Windows 10 system, Adobe would either print the labels on the left margin cutting off the barcode (even though the label # was indicated correctly and print preview showed the label centered, or I would get an error message stating that no pages were selected to print. I had clicked on select graphic button and wasn't printing a page but a single label. Dymo tech support was of absolutely no help as they had said they aren't supporting printing off PDF's even though, up until this time, Amazon sellers were recommending this label printer. That is going to quickly end. Meanwhile I have a doorstop instead of a label printer. Total waste of money and I suspect that I'll have to buy a laserprinter (I have an inkjet and Amazon only accepts laser or thermal printers) and print off Avery Sheet labels. It appears that unless you get a bar code scanner and use the Amazon software set up for that, you can't use this Dymo printer for Windows 10, which is ridiculous as that is the current version.

I also get the feeling that the Dymo Printer sees the labels as portrait even though print preview shows them as landscape because the labels cut off on the left where the portrait border... Read more

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My PC's harddisk is a Samsung HD321KJ (32MB cache, 7200rpm, 320GB).

I was messing around with partitions today in a futile attempt to align my Windows system, and eventually just gave up and restored an image I had made just before.

In the process I noticed something totally weird...the drive itself suddenly reports a different CHS geometry. It used to be something like 38913, 255, 63 but now it reports 43009, 255, 57. Now all my partition software thinks track 0 is just 57 sectors long.

The total number of sectors on the HD remains the same, and there's no other ill effect so far. But...how the heck did this happen? Can I convince the drive to reset its reported CHS numbers? How?

A:Bizarre issue with harddrive's CHS geometry

I don't know the answer to your question, but I did have to go into the interwebs and expand my knowledge. Here are two interesting articles on the subject:
Cylinder-head-sector - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Disk formatting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My take is that CHS geometry is a largely abandoned process that is ignored by most modern operating systems (pre-XP).

Are you running a dual boot with an old OS (DOS or similar) where this "low level format" is important? Is this condition causing an issue?

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For some reason, one of our users suddenly cannot reposition the cursor in emails by using the arrow keys. The delete key does not work, either. If he wishes to reposition the cursor, he has to use the mouse. The backspace key DOES work. He says that this problem is exclusive to outlook, and thinks he inadvertantly changed a setting, but I can't seem to find one that applies. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!!

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I've been running w7 as a work machine for a month or two now, currently on 7100.

I have XP dual booted. I have Opera on both. Opera installed last year on XP and a month ago on W7

The bizarre problem, I copied over some profile stuff for opera to the w7 install.

I booted into XP loaded up opera and all my settings were nowhere to be found, digged around a little and found that Opera was calling for the settings from W7! c:\users\roaming\appdata blah blah blah.

Since that doesn't exist on my XP install, it created it's own folder there. I uninstalled opera, reinstalled and the default location to find the user data is mimicking a user directy from W7? wtf is this about.

The XP and W7 are on entirely different hard drives, I fresh installed W7 off a usb disk. XP is 32 bit W7 is 64 bit.

A:Totally Bizarre Issue with Opera/XP/W7


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Hi, currently have the final Windows 7 on two machines and Office 2007. My outlook works great on one machine and cannot connect with the pop3 or smtp servers on the other. They are setup identically. I tried a repair and Outlook said it could not connect with either. Tried this on both of my email accounts on different providers (Yahoo and XO). Again, works fine on one machine but not on the other. I have my data (pst) files on an external 500GB drive that I use between different machines.

Any clues.

A:Bizarre Outlook 2007 and Win 7 issue

Are you trying to share this same PST file between both machines?

If so, does the PST file open OK, on the second machine when the other machine does NOT have the PST file open?

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Originally, my problem was the same as the user in this post:
Desktop shortcuts to websites are broken.
I believe the issue arose when windows update tried to upgrade my IE from 7 to 8.

I re-associated my URL filetype with firefox, and I also ran the attached registry file in post #6, and everything seemed hunky dory, until I tried to open one of my desktop links. They were able to be opened by firefox, but instead of opening to a normal page, the browser searches for individual pages in individual tabs based on each individual word in the title of the desktop shortcut!

This might sound kind of confusing so here is a picture of my issue: http://i.imgur.com/cwWcYvD.png

For reference, the title of the desktop shortcut was 'Logical Increments - PC Buying Guide' and it was supposed to link to Logical Increments - PC Buying Guide

I apologize if my explanation was a bit scattered, but I would love help on this issue! Thanks in advance!

A:Bizarre desktop link issue

unless you have several dozens, it would be easier to just recreate your shortcuts again.

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