Windows XP laptop loses connection to Windows 7 workgroup


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Yousuf Khan

From time to time, my XP laptop loses connection to my other PCs
running W7. Neither the W7 machines, nor the XP machine can see each
other during that time. It doesn't lose its IP address or default
gateway or anything, and it keeps its Internet connectivity, it just
stops seeing other computers on the local network.

Now this can be remedied by running the "repair" network option on the
laptop, or by simply rebooting. But the problem is when you run the
repair option it screws up any applications using the network in the XP
laptop. So I can't be doing this unless I can be sure that nothing is
using the network at the time.

Any solutions?

Yousuf Khan
 
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Sunny

Yousuf Khan said:
From time to time, my XP laptop loses connection to my other PCs running
W7. Neither the W7 machines, nor the XP machine can see each other
during that time. It doesn't lose its IP address or default gateway or
anything, and it keeps its Internet connectivity, it just stops seeing
other computers on the local network.

Now this can be remedied by running the "repair" network option on the
laptop, or by simply rebooting. But the problem is when you run the
repair option it screws up any applications using the network in the XP
laptop. So I can't be doing this unless I can be sure that nothing is
using the network at the time.
Any solutions?
Yousuf Khan
No solution, however, the same "feature" happens with two Netbooks using
WiFi through a router.
(In reverse, my Netbooks are Win7 and the PCs are WinXP)
 
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Gerald Ross

Yousuf said:
From time to time, my XP laptop loses connection to my other PCs
running W7. Neither the W7 machines, nor the XP machine can see each
other during that time. It doesn't lose its IP address or default
gateway or anything, and it keeps its Internet connectivity, it just
stops seeing other computers on the local network.

Now this can be remedied by running the "repair" network option on the
laptop, or by simply rebooting. But the problem is when you run the
repair option it screws up any applications using the network in the XP
laptop. So I can't be doing this unless I can be sure that nothing is
using the network at the time.

Any solutions?

Yousuf Khan
My wife's new notebook is Win7 and had problems networking until I
added myself (with the same user name and password as on my other XP
machines) to her computer as user and administrator. Of course she
logs on as herself with her password as user and administrator, but it
apparently knows my username is on the computer and we have not had
any problems since. I have my notebook, my netbook, my desktop on the
network along with hers. All the others are XP.
 
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Yousuf Khan

No solution, however, the same "feature" happens with two Netbooks using
WiFi through a router.
(In reverse, my Netbooks are Win7 and the PCs are WinXP)
Yeah, I figured it was a Wi-Fi feature, probably put into the IEEE
802.11 standards somewhere between the link layer and the physical
layer, designed to make it as inconvenient for the users as possible so
that they remain attached to Ethernet.

Yousuf Khan
 
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Char Jackson

Yeah, I figured it was a Wi-Fi feature, probably put into the IEEE
802.11 standards somewhere between the link layer and the physical
layer, designed to make it as inconvenient for the users as possible so
that they remain attached to Ethernet.

Yousuf Khan
Hmmm, you're obviously kidding, but no smiley.

Wireless works fine for the vast majority of us.
 

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