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Laptop freezes when trying to access other computers on network

I have a established network between two desktop computers linked via cable. I have tried to link my laptop to the network via cable & my two desktop computers recognize & can access the laptop. The laptop can connect to the internet. When I try to access my desktop computers from the laptop, the laptop recognizes they are there, but when I click on any part or either computer the laptop freezes & I have to turn it off.

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  • Teddies 333 Jul 21, 2008

    Each machine is running XP Professional with Service Pack 2. Each machine is connected to an ADSL Router.

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How did you establish the network?
did you use a hub or 5 port network switch?
what operating systems are you running on each machine?

This will help me understand your problem better,thanks

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

  • Verne Koti Jul 21, 2008

    ok this is what I would do....



    PC1 take a internet icon and drag into your shared documents.

    PC2 do the same

    With Laptop veiw my network places,

    try to access the internet from the shared documents folder icon from PC1 and PC2 shared documents folders alternately,

    Problem solved



    If you are still having issues



    Reinstall your network again

    before the end when your asked by wizard if you want to make a cd back up select just finish wizard,



    note - set folder permissions so others can change across your network and reboot



    DO reboot after network set up so computers can remember their settings.



    Lastly no mention of ram in laptop either but more than likely network permission set up with no or limited access if laptop works from another location/modem/phoneline



    Q---On laptop is internet explorer been set to auto detect settings on network,

    Change settings or reinstall (sometimes easier)

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