I setup a network with "computer a" connecting to the internet via a Linksys router; all seems to configure correctly and I can access the internet, but when I try to go "View Workgroup Computers", I get an error msg: "Work Group is not accessible. You may not have access to this network resource..." In other words, I cannot see that "computer a" is a member of its own workgroup. When I setup a 2nd computer, it also shows the same thing! Both computers have the same workgroup name, "BGROUP". I easily locate Knowledgebase article 318030 which explictly identifies the error.
According to the article this error occurs whenever both of the following conditions are true:
(1) NetBIOS over TCP/IP is not turned on (enabled) on one or more computers in the workgroup AND (2) The Computer Browser service is not started or is turned off (disabled) on one or more computers in the workgroup.
I check and find the computer browser service is running, but still I complete both steps per the MS Knowledgebase article:
Step 1: Turn On NetBIOS over TCP/IP
Step 2: Start the Computer Browser Service
However, this is unsuccessful as I still get the same errors. Suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated.
For completness, the HW setup is as follows:
Router, Linksys BEFW11S4, no encryption, SSID enabled;no MAC filtering.
Std PPPoE setup through DSL; username/password verified, etc
Machines defined on the workgroup, "BGROUP" are listed below:
(a) emachine; 1.2 GhZ celeron; WinXP. Ethernet connection to router.
(b) Sony Viao with Intel Centrino, Wireless. WinXP. Have capability to use either wireless or ethernet connection.