By a process of elimination, it's not the XP Firewall, both access to the other PC and dual access to the printer work, with the firewall activated. The showstopper seems to be Zonealarm. If I deactivate it, the all is well. I suppose the answer is to switch it off on the occasions I want to use the network for anything other than comms.
Mike Lucas wrote:
The Win XP firewall sounds like more trouble than it's worth. One of my PCs has XP and I turned it off. I use Outpost as my firewall, and network (LAN) traffic is permitted simply by allowing Netbios - no fiddling around with individual low-level applications like spoolsrv or svchost.
Paul Reynolds wrote:
For the printer I think it's spoolsv.exe in your windows\system32 directory,
well it is on mine anyway.
I also have to allow svhost.exe in the same directory for some network applications to access the net.
-----Original Message----- From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill Sent: 28 October 2006 11:03 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Off Topic
I take that back. With the firewalls off I then went to printer on the new PC's Control Panel and, again, told it to share. Now I can access the printer and also the other PC.
Next question. To make this safe as well, which programme do I need to enter as an Exception, in the Firewalls?
Thanks for the quick progress.
Gerry Winskill wrote:
I've just switched off both PC's firewalls but get a message, from the new one, "The RPC Server is unavailable".
In a message dated 28/10/2006 09:52:58 GMT Daylight Time, gwinsk@xxxxxxx writes:
I don't know whether it's cause and effect but I can't now access the printer from the new machine. Nor can I access either PC from the other. One other weird effect is that during the course of Wednesday night's event, I got several requests to reconnect popping up on the old machine. Odd, since it was still running both Thunderbird and Servinfo. Narrowing it down a bit, if I then tried to access Yahoo it did so immediately but when I tried to access the GoFlight site I could only do it if I did press the reconnect button.
This network lark has opened up a whole new area. Like a Black Hole is an "area".
I got something similar recently, I found somehow my XP Firewall which had been off for ages (since the router arrived) suddenly came on again and started blocking network traffic. I've now told it that its ok to allow access from the internal network, this cured the problem, but now every time I switch on I get a warning message, which is a pain.