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Can't get one computer to 'see' other two computers in workgroup

I have three Win2000 computers that connect to the Internet through a DSL router. I have set them up in a workgroup so I can move/copy files, use printers, etc. on/from each machine. I can ping each box with PING, but no matter what I try, I can't get one of the machines to 'be seen' by the other two. And it doesn't see them either, though they are all members of the same workgroup. (I was admin on each box when I added them to the workgroup.) Any idea on how to fix this?

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If the DSL router is also be used as your network hub (i.e. all three of the clients are connected to the router directly ), the router itself may be blocking the transmission of SMB or NetBIOS. Also, the one system that fails to show up on the others may have NetBIOS over TCP/IP disabled. Verify that all three systems use a different IP address and NetBIOS computer name. Make sure the workgroup is spelled and capitalized exactly the same on all three systems. Make sure at least one share is created on each of the three systems.

This was first published in May 2002

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