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Unable to access network drives

Q: Unable to access network drives

This all started when I was unable to reach my NAS drive (DNS-323) from my laptop. ("The network location cannot be found.")
Trying from other computers was successful...so I know the problem is related to just my laptop.

I started up a MalwareBytes scan and when it reached my ATAPI.SYS file...my AVAST AV popped up with a virus alert. AVAST reported that I have a "Win32:Alureon-FR" located in "C":\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\atapi.sys".

I told AVAST to skip the file (for now) and I terminated the MalwareBytes scan.

What is the best sequence to get this file cleaned up?

Preferred Solution: Unable to access network drives

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


Hi Guys,

Im hoping someone can advise or point to a good tutorial.

I have a couple of XP Pro machines hooked up to a router, all are getting internet and all are seeing each other in my network computers. But when you click to access one of the network PC's seen in the home netowrk you get an error and cant get in..

Some times its working but mostly its doing this.

I think I have set up the right permissions althought Im sure to be wrong..
I can access the other pc's using FTP so it must be a windows permisssion im mising?

Any assistance in the basic steps so I know I have them covered would be very welcome.

A:Solved: Unable to access XP network drives from XP PC

Turn off any firewalls for debugging. If the firewall is the problem, you'll have to configure it to allow access to "trusted zone" addresses. Note that some firewalls must be completely uninstalled to stop them from affecting your networking.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt.

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

PING each remote computer by IP address, and if successful, PING by name. Open a command prompt as described above and type.

PING <ip address>
PING <computer name>

<ip address> - is the x.x.x.x IP address
<computer name> - is the computer name

A failure to PING is almost always a firewall configuration issue. Any failure to PING needs to be corrected before you go any farther.

Note: You can obtain the IP address and computer name of a computer by opening a command prompt (DOS window) and typing IPCONFIG /ALL. This should work for any Windows version. The IPCONFIG /ALL display will provide a wealth of useful information for debugging your network connection.

Check your Services are Started on all PCs:

COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
Computer Browser
DHCP Client
DNS Client
Network Connections
Network Location Awareness
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
TCP/IP Netbios helper
Wireless Zero Configuration (XP wireless configurations)
WLAN AutoConfig (Vista wireless configurations)

Note: You can check the services in Con... Read more

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Hi All,

I am running Windows 8.1 pro. When i try to access a network location on another AD Domain (Non trusted), I get the below error.

Once i add the above path as network drive in My computer it gets mapped and works, Then if i access the path from run it works.
I have tried by FQDN and IP both don't work in Run window.
Can any one assist in finding what is the issue and how do i solve it.


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hi guys,

so I have this weird problem that is driving me nuts since some weeks... here's the thing

at work we have a corporate set up with Win 7 Professional, everything is setup on a "domain".

we all have Dell computers and we can connect either via cable or via wireless, pretty standard these days.

anyway, if I connect via cable and login everything works perfectly, I can see the local network shares and no problems at all.

Problems start to arise on wireless! Here's the crazy scenario:

- if I start PC on cable, with wifi turned off via hardware switch then say I undock the PC for going to a meeting room AND I turn on the wifi, everything works fine, I can see the network drives, all good (it crunches for a few moments when I load explorer the first time and then he "finds" the network drives)

- if I decide to go back to my station, turn off wifi, re-dock the PC, back to cable, everything works fine.


- if say I am on cable, undock the pc, put on the wifi and THEN I restart the PC, when the computer boots win 7 (it takes some time at boot) then I cannot access the network drives anymore! they have the red X and it says "connection cannot be restored" or something like that. internet browsing always works fine. and I DONT do any login on wireless, I think because it's on a "domain" setup.

that is tested 50 times in a row! basically if I don't give him the cable at boot, I cannot see the network drives. and also, ... Read more

A:Cannot access Network Shared Drives over Corporate Network on Wireless

What is the make/model of Wireless Access Point(s)?

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Hello when I connect my mobile to my laptop, it is not accepting any USB drives

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I have had this system for over a year and no problems. A few days ago I could not access my dvd drives in xp. They are still assigned letters in my computer and the device manager tells me that both devices are working properly. I have tried every type of disk that I have. They will not autoplay nor will they open. I have not installed any new software lately. Everything else on my system works. I have a dual boot system, xp pro and vista ultimate 64 with each os being on a seperate hd. When I go into vista my dvd's work fine. I have downloaded the latest firmware for both optic drives. I can't play music from a cd or install any programs. My computer shows me that they are there but i just can't get in them.

4gb corsair memory
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
AMD Opteron Processor 185

A:unable to access dvd drives

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I have two desktop PCs running Windows 7 Ultimate, a HP laptop running Windows XP SP3 and a Network Storage Device (Dlink DNS 343 with 3 Raid Volumes) networked via a D Link DIR-635 wireless Router. Both PCs and the DNS-343 are hard-wired to the router: the Laptop connects wirelessly. Since installing Windows 7 on the PCs, I am unable to map the network drives on the DNS-343 even though all network components are visible and functioing in Windows Network Map, Pure Networks Map and Norton Internet Securities 2010 Network Map(with Full Trust). This was not previously a problem with one PC running XP SP3 and the other Vista SP1. The DNS-343 does NOT appear as a network device in Windows 7 Windows Explorer: nor does the Laptop, on either PC. The laptop running XP is able to Map network drives as before and access shared folders on both PCs.

To date I have reset the factory defaults on the router and DNS-343;disabled all firewalls and minimised security controls (eg: MAC filtering) as far as I am able. I can ping each device successfully. The problem is I cannot "see" the DNS-343 in Windows 7 Windows Explorer to map the drives. Any ideas would be welcome.

A:Unable to Map network drives.

Try this on the Win 7 machines
Type Secpol.msc in the RUN command >Expand Local Policies and select Security Options
Under Network Security: LAN Manager Authentication Level Change the setting from Send NTMLv2 response only to Send LM & NTLM - use NTLMv2 session if negotiated
Under Network Security: Minimum session security for NTLM SSP Based (including secure RPC) Clients Change the setting from require 128 bit to unchecked (No Minimum)

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Hi I recently upgraded my PC to windows 10 and every since have been unable to access any USB external drive.

The laptop picks up the drives and acknowledges that they are there and working but they do not appear in file explorer.

I have looked in disk management and the drives are there and healthy.

The USB ports work 100% as i have plugged in keyboards etc to test and all the drives i've tried work with other computers.

I've tried everything I could find on forums that have worked for other people. I've reinstalled windows twice. Ran various disk cleanup utilities, checked for hidden drives etc.

I need to upload video files to my laptop to edit for work, so need to resolve this ASAP :/

Any help or ideas is greatly appreciated!

Thank you

A:Unable to access external USB Drives!

Hi, some people seem to experience this, particularly with Seagate drives.

You might try disabling fast startup, or plugging them in to a USB2 port

Windows 10 can't find external USB 3.0 drives... - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

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I have three hard drives C F and G. If I double click on either F or G I cannot get into them. I can access them through my network or from a running programme. restore point is also a no-no and at one time I was unable to get on the Internet. Something else [which is a niggle], everytime I log on to Bleeping Computers I have to put in my user name and password even though "Remember Me" is ticked. I have run MalwareBytes, SAS, CCleaner, AdAware,and ATF.
I have read all the instructions and think that I am posting correctly. If I have made any errors then I apologise in advance.

Here are my DDS Logs.
DDS (Ver_09-01-19.01) - NTFSx86
Run by George at 10:27:17.35 on 27/01/2005
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.662 [GMT 0:00]
============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe
C:\Program Files\Unlocker\UnlockerAssistant.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
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A:Unable to access two hard drives

Please can anyone tell me if I need to do anything before putting irreplaceable files on to this computer.

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...but my CD-ROM drive works fine and my DVD drive can access CD-ROMs.
Here's my system:
-HP Pavillion 8755C 800MHz, 128MB RAM, running Windows ME
-Std floppy disk controller
-LG CD-RW CED-80838
-Samsung DVD-ROM SD-612

The problem started happening after my power supply blew and I had it replaced. The message I get is "Please insert a disk into drive a:" (e: for the DVD). I've checked all the suggested things on the HP support site:
- device manager looks good
- uninstalled all 3 devices in device manager, all 3 reinstalled with the same config after restart.
- Secondary Master, Secondary Slave, Primary Slave look ok
- cables look good - the stuff above wouldn't show up otherwise would it?

The only thing that looks different to me is that the drive letters have changed from m: & n: to d: & e: for the CD-RW & DVD drives. Any thoughts appreciated!


A:Unable to access floppy and DVD-ROM drives

Welcome to TSG!

If your DVD will read CD's but not recognize DVD disks, then the optics are hosed for the DVD playback. A DVD Drive typically has 2 sets of optics or optics that rotate. If the DVD read optics are bad, that is what you'll get.

As for the floppy...odds are that it's gone too!

If the Power Supply went out, it may have spiked and damaged the drives. Just hope that the motherboard isn't bad.

If the system is still under warranty, have HP replace both drives due to the power supply spike. If replacements are done and still having issues, then it would be the Motherboard that got taken out!

Good Luck!


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Not sure if this is a Virus / malware issue ???

It just start this morning and I found a post by Superdude4agze (Posted 4/28/09) on your site:

When I attempt to run the command prompt (or regedit) from either the Run command or by selecting the exe from Start-All Programs-Accessories my screen will crash/reset/flash as if the computer was just started. The computer does not actually restart, but it looks like you just started the computer and it runs through the startup items in msconfig, etc. All of the tray icons will disappear and restart and CMD will never appear. Task manager will not reload in the tray however. So to simplify it, the computer restarts without actually restarting and all of the programs I have open remain open or restart.

I'm having the same issue with a pc at work - Symantec Endpoint 11 installed (a full scheduled scan was just ran last night - nothing found) and I have the latest virus def - 5/7/09
The System is Win XP SP2 fully patched.

I ran a full scan again about 15mins ago and nothing was found - Save mode with restore point turned off.

Anyone have any suggestions / resolutions ??

A:cmd / Regedit / unable to map network drives

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

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Ever since I installed SP2 on my computer, I am experiencing this problem: I am having problems searching for network files from work when I am working from home connecting to my work network via VPN - I would get no results when I know the files are there.

I have disconnected SP2's & McAfee's firewall.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Lenovo T410, Windows 7 Pro 64bit, domain member, communicating with multiple Windows Server 2003 - 2008.

A user's Windows XP laptop was corrupted and I rebuilt it with Windows 7 Professional 64bit. The user had an XP loaner while I was rebuilding, and it worked fine.

I built the laptop in our lab area and at my desk, and everything worked fine. When done, I took it back to the user, but started experiencing network problems at his desk. The first clue was that he didn't receive his normal drive mappings. I tried browsing to the shares and couldn't reach them. I tried by server name and by IP address with no luck. I could access the internet and internal websites including servers I couldn't browse to.

I brought the laptop back to my desk, and it worked fine again. My desk is on VLAN1. The user's desk is on VLAN2. I tried the laptop on two other ports on the user's switch, both were VLAN2. It worked fine on 1 and wouldn't work on the other.

I was thinking either a port issue, a switch issue, or a VLAN issue. My network guy checked the ports and they are all setup the same. He doesn't see any problems on the switch. And since it works on a VLAN2 port, it doesn't seem to be a VLAN communication issue.

I've checked all the NIC and firewall settings, and I don't see anything out of place. I swapped cables, tried it with and without his Cisco IP phone, tried it with and without his port replicator, ect.

I plan to try some different NIC drivers if I can ever get ... Read more

A:Unable to Browse Network or map drives

It would help see the ipconfig /all output. Also let us know if your network is setup via DHCP or static addressing.

It could be a cabling issue. I'm not sure what type of switches you're using but it could be a MAC filtering problem. I think you need to be more specific about your network setup since the probably could be anywhere.

On the switch ports that the laptop did not work at does another laptop or PC work?

Have you tried looking for the latest drivers for your network card?

What type of network did you choose when setting up the PC? (Home/Work/Private)

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I have an issue with Windows 7 64 bit laptop.
The laptop is connected to a domain and can do the following:
-Login okay
-Ping all servers
-Remote desktop

However, the laptop cannot see or find any network drives.

If I click run and enter \\server\xxxx - Nothing happens!

Ive tried logging in as admin - No luck
Removed and re-added to the domain - Still nothing.

Please help!

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Hey there,

I've had this persistent problem since the beginning of January. Every time I try to open files/folders in, say, my documents, in shared folders, etc. my computer freezes and doesn't bounce back. I've let it sit for almost two hours to see if it'd work itself out, but it never does. This correlates with my Firefox browser freezing during random intervals and causing my entire system to lock up. I recall installing Adobe Photoshop CS3 around the same time this started happening, but I'm not sure if it's something that could cause this kind of reaction. I also have the addon "ljlogin" installed on Firefox, but thus far, I haven't found any discussions to imply that ljlogin could be detrimental to my system. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling firefox with all of the necessary updates. That made a difference for about two weeks, but now it's acting up again. It's also really hard to uninstall/reinstall things because the system locks up.

It's really tough not being able to access my files, but I can browse on Google Chrome without any issue (Unless I try to upload files from my PC). Any help would be greatly appreciated.



A:Unable to access files on C and D drives due to freezing.

What is it like in

How to Start in Safemode

1. Restart your computer.
2. Before the windows logo you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
3. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
4. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
5. Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode..

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I have 2 machines connected via my router/hub (wired). One is running Windows 8.1 and the other Windows 7. Previously I had them sharing perfectly until I did a reinstall of Windows 8 (upgraded to Windows 8.1). I get this message on both machines whilst trying to access shared drives (permissions enabled to read, write, modify for all users):

I have a local account on the windows 8.1 as per previous installation. I have checked all the usual sharing settings and they are the same as in the previous working installation on both machines. I have left the homegroup and created a new one on the windows 8 machine and rejoined on the windows 7 machine all to no avail. I have read posts here but none seem to help. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:Unable to share drives across home network

OK - I now manage to access a shared drive on my Windows 7 PC from Windows 8.1 - read write etc. all good ( found that encryption setting on Windows 8.1 was wrong .
However cannot do the same for the Windows 8.1 machine from the Windows 7. Can't see what I am doing wrong?

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One evening I attempted to install windows 8. After the installation it repeatedly booted back into the windows installation. After removing the install disk, it booted into windows 7 normally. I decided to install a clean copy of windows 7 and that's when the problem appeared. The windows insall will not allow me access to ANY hard drive shown. Says unable to find windows partition or something like that. I've tried reformatting all the drives and same message always comes up. I cannot re-install Windows 7?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Unable to access Hard Drives in Windows 7 installation

It MIGHT be because Windows 8 installed as a GPT Partition...

But, Windows 7 and Vista can only see a GPT Partition as a non-booting data drive, unless using an UEFI BIOS.

Which MIGHT be why your Windows installation 'cannot see' an INSTALLABLE drive.

I would suggest Booting from a LINUX Bootable CD or USB Stick and reformat the Hard Drive to MBR,
i.e. delete the partition and recreate it as MBR and format to NTFS

Then reinstall Windows 7...

Hope this was helpful

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I have a Windows PC used purely for storage. It is shared by 10 other Laptops.

The laptops are running Windows 10.
I created users on the Win 7 PC.
Shared the folders.
Created mapped drives on the Win 10 laptops.
This has been operating with very few issues for a number of years.
Today 2 laptops are unable to access the mapped drives.
I have uninstalled the Antivirus.
I have updated the Intel Lan cards.
Run Ipconfig /renew. Wouldn't renew.

Changed the registry setting - HKey-Local Machine\system\... to allow access.
PROBLEM solved - Windows 7 update caused a conflict. Rolled back to a previous restore point - Bingo it worked.

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I have 2 ADATA 500 GB external hard drives. I plugged them into the USB port and the computer recognized them by name and installed the driver files. It assigned both of them a drive letter but then gave me a message saying that they needed to be formatted. I clicked ok since they are brand new drives and do not have any data on them, but the format failed to complete on both drives. I took both drives to another PC running Windows Vista and they were recognized and accessible. I even transferred a few files to them for testing purposes; however, when I plugged them back into my Alienware laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, then I got the same error. If I go to the disk manager, then I can see the drives by their drive letter and they are listed as healthy with a primary partition but the file format shows as RAW. I tried to use the device manager and uninstall the USB Mass Storage Device drivers for each drive and then I unplugged them and plugged them in again and I would get a device driver installation message that identifies the drives by name and tells me that the device drivers were installed correctly and that my devices are ready for use but then a few minutes later I will get a message telling me to format the drives. Please help. I've run out of things to try. I can still access my iPhone via USB and my USB wireless mouse still works so I know my USB ports are good.

A:Unable to access or format external hard drives

Try this link and see it helps ya any:

Windows Unable to Format External Hard Drive

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I cannot access my CD drive or my CD/DVD burner drive, (Gateway Computer, win Xp) it has a yellow error message. I did an an un-install for both drives, then went into new hardware and let it reinstall them- but it says it cannot find the drivers. I attempted to do a system restore and discovered no matter what date I choose, it will not let me restore- it says cannot restore and your computer has not been changed.
I do not use Norton- I have AVG the paid version, and Webroot Spy Sweeper. Some have said "look for a virus- but I haven't found anything yet.
I don't know what to do...
thanks for any help!

A:Cannot do a system Restore at any date, unable to get access to CD and CD/DVD drives

Try uninstalling the IDE driver, reboot and let the OS reinstall it on reboot.Go Start > Run > type "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.Click the plus sign to the left of the entry IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Right-click on the entry Secondary IDE channel and select Uninstall. Close out of all the windows and Reboot.

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have 3 networked drives in tower setup to share...laptop connects to these drives...when i boot laptop i get a notification stating the machine was unable to connect to all network drives...well, go to my computer and all drives have the red x over them...BUT if i double click on any and all of the drives i am able to connect...

how do i get the laptop to not notify me of this since i can truly connect...ALSO, at the same time not show the red x...

A:false warning - unable to connect to network drives

When you mapped them, did you tick the "reconnect at logon" box?

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I have a windows XP and a Windows Vista computers, I'm able to go into the internet from both computers. From my windows XP computer I'm able to see and map the extra hard I have on the vista computer, and as well I'm able to ping the Vista computer from my XP; however, from the Vista computer I can't ping the XP computer nor see the extra drives I have in it. who can help me to solve this problem. I've tried many ways to do it but I haven't been successfull.
can somebody help me please
I need to solve this problem ASAP.

A:unable to see windows XP network drives from my vista computers

To share files or a printer from XP computers, follow these procedures:~
1. Download and install the Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) responder:~


Read the instructions!

2. Check these out as well...

Windows Technet:~

File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista

Most Valuable Proffesional:~

How to share files or a folder in Vista
3. Don't forget to configure (Input ip addresses in subnetworks) your Firewall to accept sharing from other computers.If you have Kaspersky check this below:~

Kaspersky Blocks My Network
I hope this solves your problem...

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At work our director of IT and our network specialist both quit this week, leaving me, a trainee technician as the only member of the IT dept left. Among many things, I've hit one big problem, we have two offices, permanently linked by an 'isec tunnel' (?). we have two domains, one for each office, however we were in the process of joining them. We keep all our company files stored on a network drive in one of the offices, and usually everyone can access them, but after the it director left the network guy changed something to prevent him from accessing the network. Now everyone in the other office can't access the files, but the tunnel is still in place and their computers still show that they are connected to the other network.. what could be wrong and how do i fix it??

A:Access to network drives over a WAN

biocompanie said:

At work our director of IT and our network specialist both quit this week, leaving me, a trainee technician as the only member of the IT dept left. Among many things, I've hit one big problem, we have two offices, permanently linked by an 'isec tunnel' (?). we have two domains, one for each office, however we were in the process of joining them. We keep all our company files stored on a network drive in one of the offices, and usually everyone can access them, but after the it director left the network guy changed something to prevent him from accessing the network. Now everyone in the other office can't access the files, but the tunnel is still in place and their computers still show that they are connected to the other network.. what could be wrong and how do i fix it??Click to expand...

Welcome to TechSpot...

Do you have admin rights to servers that support both domains?

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Hi, I'm posting this here in an attempt to fix a problem with a laptop with no internet access in normal windows mode. I believe I've cleaned all viruses off, but need independent verification. Spybot S+D and MB's AntiMalware both report a clean machine, but again would like verification. Here's the DDS log, and the attach file is attached:DDS (Ver_09-05-14.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Reason at 19:40:05.35 on Mon 06/01/2009Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.502.151 [GMT -4:00]AV: Norton 360 *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {A5F1BC7C-EA33-4247-961C-0217208396C4}FW: Norton 360 *enabled* {371C0A40-5A0C-4AD2-A6E5-69C02037FBF3}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcssvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\AOLacsd.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exeC:\Program Files\Common ... Read more

A:Unable to access internet - safe mode access is ok, network is ok

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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I have purchased, installed all of my pertinent programs and files, and have begun using my lovely new HP laptop. All is well but for one major issue.
The new laptop does not have an SD card slot. I did not think this would be a big deal, but it is turning out to be a major pain.

Background Details:
New HP EliteBook
OS - Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64
Full Administrator
I have been completely and miserably unable to access various thumb drives and micro SD cards via two different card readers. Each external drive that has appeared but not allowed me access has been on FAT32-formatted media.
The external drives appear in Windows Explorer as Drive F:\

When I double click the drive icon to view the files therein, I receive the following message:
"You don't currently have permission to access this folder. Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder."

When I click "Continue," I receive the following message: "You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use the security tab."

When I right click the drive's icon, there is NO SECURITY TAB.

I have also attempted these same steps and received these same results after setting my UAC settings tab all the way down to "Never Notify me when"

I have also attempted to gain access to the drive and give myself the permissions that I should already have as Administrator via a Command Prompt.

After running via Accessorie... Read more

A:Unable to gain access as Admin to external (FAT32) drives.

Hello MdmRptr. Welcome to the forum.

ACL refers to a Access Control List. This is a type of file security protocol.
Access control list - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You may need to remove the ACL in order to access the files normally in Windows.

Looking up ACL brings up a lot of Oracle links. Are you - were you - using an Oracle product with these cards/files?
Using Access Control Lists (ACLs) (System Administration Guide, Volume 2)

If it was an Oracle product you could use the method to remove the ACLs here:

If you were using a Linux program you could start here to investigate the removal of the ACL in Linux:

First I've heard of ACLs. Maybe this info will help to point you in the right direction.

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i am having a fujitsu laptop lifebook e series running win xp pro 2002 sp3
i have cisco vpn client 4.6 which connects to my company network from home using bt wireles and get a valid class a ip address
however i am unable to view any of the network drives
i am unable to map manually and get error message network path not found
i have tried repairing vpn,but to no avail
sometimes my internet connection drops while on vpn
with the same network login id and password,i can view the network drives on a different laptop using the same cisco vpn client
any help would be greatly appreciated

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I am having an issue with some client computers running xp, they are unable to connect to the domain or map network drives. I have ghosted these computer for a temporary solution but it has been happening to multiple computers now.

The error message that comes up when I try to map a drive or connect to the domain is "network location cannot be reached"

Any Ideas on how to resolve this problem without having to ghost these computers?

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I am having problem adding folders from a network drive to the Quick Access.
Firstly I can only drag and drop into the QA in explorer, as right clicking option doesn't work and it only allows one folder at a time to be included. Local folders are not a problem and any number can be included in QA.
Also pinning files to taskbar apps has a similar problem if they are on the network drive.

Has anybody had a similar problem and solved this?

Thanks, Steve

A:Quick Access for Network Drives

Strange as I can pin multiple network folders to QA with rt click with no trouble. Can't say why you have a problem but at least you know it isn't a fundamental win 10 flaw!

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if anyone can possibly give me some insight on my problem I will tell you what I have done. I have 3 drives

1tb barracuda Seagate internal (Cant access this one )
3tb external Seagate ( I can access this one)
5tb external Seagate (Cant access this one)

I have unplugged both external drives and I'm just trying to get the one internal drive to work over the network.
I can see all the drives and can only access one of them the 3tb external witch I unplugged for now so I can work on getting the internal 1tb working. This might be a catch to the problem but I am using a Samsung galaxy s6 edge phone to access my network and be able to transfer and stream content it works with my 3tb external but wont work with the other drives? Well that's my problem I'm hoping someone can help me. I have went threw all the file and print sharing stuff and nothing seems to work. I thought it might have been a USB problem but since I unplugged the other 2 external drives I don't see that as an issue now. Well thanks in advance and any insight would help....

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Some time ago a friend and I set up my home network. We had trouble with the workstations losing access to mapped drives.
He found a fix, he said we needed to turn off something in XP. It worked perfectly. But last week, one of my hard drives crashed and I had to replace it.
I have one computer with Server 2000 and 4 with XP pro. I can access the mapped drives if I reboot or logoff and on again. They just seem to lose connectivity if I they don't have any contact for a few hours.
I've searched the internet for days looking for the solution. I know it's simple, I just can't remember what it is I need to turn off.

A:loose access to mapped drives on network

When you confirgure the mapped drives make sure reconnect at logon is checked.

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I am still using windows 2003 server as my file server. This is a physical server at location A.
We have another location in a different city, Location B.
Network shared drives are fine when I access it from Location A, but very slow when I access it from client PCs of location B.
What are the things I need to check to solve this slowness issue? 

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I've got a ThinkPad x220 here and randomly started having issues accessing the network (mapped drives and printers). The computer can still access our Intranet (Sharepoint) and Exchange Server (Outlook says connected and we can send/receive)

I tried disconnecting the drives and reconnecting, but none of the servers were showing up in the list. I then checked to see if network discovery and file sharing were turned on... they were. Tried manually going to a network drive (i.e. the public drive \\public\ and no luck. I did some research and tried a list of things (even checked the local security policy settings) and still nothing.

I now have the computer disjoined from the domain and I was going to attempt to rejoin, but it wouldn't go. I get the prompt to type the domain username and password, but when I hit OK, it gives me an error and says domain cannot be reached. Something weird is going on with Network Discovery or file sharing... or something.

FYI - I have disabled Windows Firewall and uninstalled Symantec Endpoint Protection.

I am going to try safe mode with networking now... If I have no luck with that, I'm probably just going to do a clean install.

A:Problem - Network Access - Can't map drives, can't see any servers

Before you do that, Check your WIFI and/or communications drivers on the thinkpad first.

I had a workstation on my network do this recently. Turns out the driver for the Broadcom Ethernet adapter went all wonky.

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I'm running a small office network of 11 computers. Only one computer that I'm aware of has the problem. The computer has full access to internet and all network printers, but is unable to access the server or any shared files on the other computers. I can ping all tested computers over the network without problem, as well as the default gateway, but get the error message "MsHome is unaccessable" when I click "view workgroup computers" I've reconfigured the network on this computer using the Network setup wizard, and after tweaking a few other things, I was able to get full access of the network from the computer, but upon the next start up, without any software changes, I'm again unable to acess the network. I've tried repairing the connection both with the dropdown menu and through the cmd prompt. The network troubleshooter was no help, and I'm running out of ideas! Help me out!


EDIT: I'll also add that all computer on the network are running XP Pro.

A:XP Pro computer can't access network drives/folders

i had this on a xp machine years and years ago turned out to be some kind of stuff up in my wmi service windows management thing.
there is a way you can repair it but when i attempted to do that it still failed

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I have 3 interfaces running Win7 on a company network with 3 network share drives on the server.
These interfaces are part of WORKGROUP.  Mapped drives work while on WORKGROUP settings.
When changing to company domain, drives are no longer mapped with an error 1909.
Tried disabled Windows firewall but this did not help.  Also disconnected drives and tried remapping them to the interface.
Still getting error 1909.  When I return settings to WORKGROUP network status, share drives are accessible.
There are 3 other interfaces running Win7 on the network that I switched to the domain and were able to connect to drives.
Please advise with any new options.
Thank you,

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Since Win 10 Preview hosed my laptop, I had to reformat the laptop HDD and reinstall Win7 Pro.
I have both computers set the same and have the drives on my desktop shared with full access. I'm using Norton Internet Security and set the Firewall to Full Trust and then to Private but neither would allow access. The error message I get is:

[Window Title]
Network Error

[Main Instruction]
Windows cannot access \\BLACK-BEAUTY\downloads

You do not have permission to access \\BLACK-BEAUTY\downloads. Contact your network administrator to request access.

For more information about permissions, see Windows Help and Support


The trouble shooter say I should kill Norton and use Windows Firewall. And we all know how safe and secure Windows is to begin with.

Any good suggestions?

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Hello I can not get to google chrome on my Acer Aspire, window 7 is it is saying Unable to access the network
Google Chrome is having trouble accessing the network.
This may be because your firewall or antivirus software wrongly thinks Google Chrome is an intruder on your computer and is blocking it from connecting to the Internet.
Here are some suggestions:
Add Google Chrome as a permitted program in your firewall's or antivirus software's settings. If it is already a permitted program, try deleting it from the list of permitted programs and adding it again.
Error 138 (net::ERR_NETWORK_ACCESS_DENIED): Unable to access the network.
can you help connect with google chrome.
I have tried to uninstall google chrome and reinstalled it and it still was the same message. I have restored the whole system. I have ran a scan to check for viruses. And it still is not working I dont know what else to do. THANKS IN ADVANCE...

A:Unable to access the network

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I've recently restarted (recently meaning an hour ago) and now I cannot access the internet or my home network. I've tried a system restore from a time when it was still working, but there's nothing. I also tried "ipconfig /renew" but it gave me the following error:

The operation failed as no adapter is in the state permissible for this operation.

To test if it was a hardware problem i booted my Linux hard drive and found everything working fine.

A:Unable To Access Internet or Network

Hmm, that is odd.

Have you updated your drivers recently?

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When i try and access a network share windows seems to be searching for files on my HD. Also i cant find the "display run command " option in start menu properties.


A:Help - Unable to access network shares

Hi Leeboy, welcome to the forums.

I'm still very much a noob at networking so can't answer the first question, sorry

I can, however, answer the second....

Right-Click the Taskbar -> Properties -> Start Menu -> Customize, it's about 2/3 down the list

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So apparently my dad accidentally uninstalled something on his pc which led to it unable to access the network on chrome and cannot display Web page on IE. However the pc is connected by Ethernet cable and it recognises it in the bottom right in the task bar, it says connected to network 3, access: Local and internet.

So I went into device manager to check the network adapters and there's two. The first is:
It's icon also has a yellow triangle and !
When I open its properties, under device status it reads; This device cannot start. (code 10). And when i click check for solutions, it can't find anything.
The 2nd driver is Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0). and it's status is working properly.

I tried updating driver software for both and it just come with the result as both drivers are the best driver software is already installed.
My dad's pc is pretty old, it's a windows vista, Intel core 2 duo.
Please help me out, I'm so lost, been trying to look this problem up but got nothing.

A:Unable to Access the network, ERR_NETWORK_ACCESS_DENIED

Welcome to the forum. Open a cmd prompt type ipconfig /all post results then type tracert post results

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Suddenly, I am unable to connect to a single PC on my home network. The PC shows up when I click on Network, but attempts to access it yield "Window cannot access
\\RACHELS-PC. Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network." I am also unable to ping the PC from my ethernet atached PC. Booting the remote PC allows access at first, but it then fails. Both PC's are running Vista. I am able to gain access to two other PC's on the same home network, both of which are running Windows 7.
Thanks in advance,

A:Unable to access PC over Home Network.

Try \\RACHELS-PC\c$ [or whatever the drive letter is].

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I have 2 pc's (a desktop with windows xp pro sp1 and a laptop with xp pro sp2) connected to a netgear router.
The desktop is connected to the router through a wire while the laptop has a wireless connection
Both the systems are part of the same workgroup "MSHOME" and all the firewalls are disabled.
I am able to ping the systems successfully by specifying their ip addresses.
When i click on "view workgroup computers" from my laptop, i see the desktop icon there. However, when i click on the icon i receive an error message "\\name is not accessible, you do not have permission to use this network resource....."

Similar error message i receive when i try to access my laptop from desktop.

Sometimes, on clicking "view workgroup computers" from my desktop, i also receive the message "MShome is not accessible. you do not have permission......."

Help needed urgently....
Thanks in advance

A:Unable to access my network computers

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I have a network setup at my home. I have two desktops (connected via ethernet) and one laptop (connect via wi-fi). I also have a network attached storage device on my network.

I am able to see my laptop and the network attached storage (NAS) device with one of the desktops. I am able to see that desktop and the NAS device from the laptop. The second desktop is unable to see the other desktop, the NAS and my laptop.

I can ping any of the networked devices with the second desktop but am unable to see them in Network Neighborhood or connect to them.

I've checked and all computers have the same Workgroup name. All computers are getting their IP address from the same router. I've tried disabling both my firewall (ZoneAlarm) and Antivirus (AVG) software and am still unable to connect.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Unable to access network resources

For each computer, let's see this.

Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt:

Type the following two commands:

nbtstat -n

ipconfig /all

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

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I have two computers on a local network. The first is my desktop computer and the second, a laptop.

When I try to access files from the remote computer, most work just fine. However, I have one folder that will not allow access from either computer that is remote. The message I receive is

You do not have permission to access \\Myname\backupdata. Contact your network administrator to request access.

I have enable sharing on both computers but still get this message.

Is there something else I need to do.


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I can't access anything on the network. The computer is a Dell running Windows Vista Home Premium. All attempts to access the network fail (ping, local shares, http) and other machines cannot access this one. Network & Sharing Center shows a fault between the “Home” Network and the internet, however I am unable to Ping or be Pinged by other computers on the “Home” Network. Other machines on the network are working fine both wired and wireless, although the machine in question is wired only (no wireless NIC).

The following items have been attempted, some many times, in no particular order, all producing no change in symptoms (not a complete list).
• Network & Sharing diagnose & repair/reset NIC card.
• Cold boot.
• Last known good.
• Safe mode with networking support.
• Disable/stop all non-essential services & applications including firewall and antivirus.
• Upgrade network drivers.
• Network card (Realtek) Diagnostic Utility says NIC is working properly
• Disable NIC in BIOS, cold boot, enable NIC in BIOS, cold boot.
• Disable NIC in BIOS, replace NIC with new card.
• Replace network cable.
• Bypass switch & connect direct to router.
• Bypass router & connect direct to cable modem.
• Reset IP Stack (netsh int ip reset).
• Reset Winsock (netsh winsock reset).
• Upgrade Router firmware (nice upgrade, wish I had done that earlier!)
• Re-enable onboard NIC (now dual-homed)
o Observe that new NIC did indeed get an IP address fro... Read more

A:Solved: Unable to access the network.

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I am not able to access or change my network settings.

Windows XP Home SP 3

I do the following:

Start > Control Panel > Network Connections. Right click on Local Area Connection and choose Properties.

Then get these error message

"Some of the controls on this property sheet are disabled because one or more other Network property sheets
are already open. To use these controls, close all these property sheets and then reopen this one"

Tried rebooting, tried disabling local area connection then rebooting and re-enabling still no luck.

Only other thing I can think of is that I tried VMWare (new browser version) did not like and uninstalled it.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

A:unable to access network properties

For diagnostics: Boot in a safe mode with networking and try if it works....Begin tapping the F8 key every few seconds as the system boots up until the screen offering the Safe Mode option appears.

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I am able to connect with a neighbour's network, but I cannot connect to my own

A:Unable to access my home network

Remote Console

First create a free account with http://www.dyndns.com/
The way this would work is that it uses your ISP static address they give you.
DSL it changes Cable it doesn't

So example say your address was with Dyndns it would be:


To access your network you need to get Ultra VNC or better..
Remote Console (it's free) but some you can buy with money.

I've done this when I was on a cruise a few years ago, I was able to use the ships wireless lan to the SAT in space then bounce off that back to the main land or my apt at the time main PC. I was really surprise it worked. So if you want and just connect from your friend house to your PC this is one way of doing it.

Another program called Remote Anywhere works the same can doesn't need to use a third party way to access your network. Then you would just use your

For all of this to work you need to open 8080 remote port on your router. Make sure you use user ID and password to access home PC over the internet.

Btw a lot newer routers support dyndns so all you need to do setup the accout with them and just type in the user name, host name and password. Next time you can connect anywhere in the world to your PC. But it does work!

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