Sharing Files on a home network



Sam Goddard
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
Hi,

I have a small home network to share Internet & files between 2 pcs (using a
crossover cable). The Internet connection works fine but it can often take
time for me to locate the second computer & files thereon across the
network.

Can anyone suggest why this might be?

Thanks

Sam

andy smart
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
Sam Goddard wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have a small home network to share Internet & files between 2 pcs (using a
> crossover cable). The Internet connection works fine but it can often take
> time for me to locate the second computer & files thereon across the
> network.
>
> Can anyone suggest why this might be?
>
> Thanks
>
> Sam
>
>
What IP scheme are you using for the two computers, and are each other's
IP addresses in the hosts file? I've only ever done this with a hub in
the middle though..

Just an idea :-)

TripleEight
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
"Sam Goddard" <bigdaddy_sammy@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:eJcj0H7WFHA.2128@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> Hi,
>
> I have a small home network to share Internet & files between 2 pcs (using a
> crossover cable). The Internet connection works fine but it can often take
> time for me to locate the second computer & files thereon across the network.
>
> Can anyone suggest why this might be?
>
> Thanks
>
> Sam

When does this happen?

It could take up to a minute for the sharing resources to initialize after when
you log into Windows.

Sam Goddard
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
Could you tell me where best to look for the hosts file?

Thanks

The information on initialisation of shares was useful too.

Thanks both for your prompt replies.

"andy smart" <anonymus@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:d6figq$j3a$2@newsfeed.th.ifl.net...
> Sam Goddard wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I have a small home network to share Internet & files between 2 pcs
>> (using a
>> crossover cable). The Internet connection works fine but it can often
>> take
>> time for me to locate the second computer & files thereon across the
>> network.
>>
>> Can anyone suggest why this might be?
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>> Sam
>>
>>
> What IP scheme are you using for the two computers, and are each other's
> IP addresses in the hosts file? I've only ever done this with a hub in
> the middle though..
>
> Just an idea :-)

andy smart
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
Sam Goddard wrote:
> Could you tell me where best to look for the hosts file?
>
> Thanks
>
> The information on initialisation of shares was useful too.
>
> Thanks both for your prompt replies.
>
> "andy smart" <anonymus@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:d6figq$j3a$2@newsfeed.th.ifl.net...
>
>>Sam Goddard wrote:
>>
>>>Hi,
>>>
>>>I have a small home network to share Internet & files between 2 pcs
>>>(using a
>>>crossover cable). The Internet connection works fine but it can often
>>>take
>>>time for me to locate the second computer & files thereon across the
>>>network.
>>>
>>>Can anyone suggest why this might be?
>>>
>>>Thanks
>>>
>>>Sam
>>>
>>>
>>
>>What IP scheme are you using for the two computers, and are each other's
>>IP addresses in the hosts file? I've only ever done this with a hub in
>>the middle though..
>>
>>Just an idea :-)
>
>
>
On XP pro it would be at C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Not saying that that will fix it though :-)

kurttrail
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
andy smart wrote:
> Sam Goddard wrote:
>> Could you tell me where best to look for the hosts file?
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>> The information on initialisation of shares was useful too.
>>
>> Thanks both for your prompt replies.
>>
>> "andy smart" <anonymus@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:d6figq$j3a$2@newsfeed.th.ifl.net...
>>
>>> Sam Goddard wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> I have a small home network to share Internet & files between 2 pcs
>>>> (using a
>>>> crossover cable). The Internet connection works fine but it can
>>>> often take
>>>> time for me to locate the second computer & files thereon across
>>>> the network.
>>>>
>>>> Can anyone suggest why this might be?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks
>>>>
>>>> Sam
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>> What IP scheme are you using for the two computers, and are each
>>> other's IP addresses in the hosts file? I've only ever done this
>>> with a hub in the middle though..
>>>
>>> Just an idea :-)
>>
>>
>>
> On XP pro it would be at C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
>
> Not saying that that will fix it though :-)

%SYSTEMROOT% does not always equal C:\WINNT on XP pro machines.

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andy smart
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
kurttrail wrote:
> andy smart wrote:
>
>>Sam Goddard wrote:
>>
>>>Could you tell me where best to look for the hosts file?
>>>
>>>Thanks
>>>
>>>The information on initialisation of shares was useful too.
>>>
>>>Thanks both for your prompt replies.
>>>
>>>"andy smart" <anonymus@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>>news:d6figq$j3a$2@newsfeed.th.ifl.net...
>>>
>>>
>>>>Sam Goddard wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>Hi,
>>>>>
>>>>>I have a small home network to share Internet & files between 2 pcs
>>>>>(using a
>>>>>crossover cable). The Internet connection works fine but it can
>>>>>often take
>>>>>time for me to locate the second computer & files thereon across
>>>>>the network.
>>>>>
>>>>>Can anyone suggest why this might be?
>>>>>
>>>>>Thanks
>>>>>
>>>>>Sam
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>What IP scheme are you using for the two computers, and are each
>>>>other's IP addresses in the hosts file? I've only ever done this
>>>>with a hub in the middle though..
>>>>
>>>>Just an idea :-)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>On XP pro it would be at C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
>>
>>Not saying that that will fix it though :-)
>
>
> %SYSTEMROOT% does not always equal C:\WINNT on XP pro machines.
>
On our XP boxes it is there, but yes it could be at C:\windows\.... instead

kurttrail
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
andy smart wrote:
> kurttrail wrote:
>> andy smart wrote:
>>
>>> Sam Goddard wrote:
>>>
>>>> Could you tell me where best to look for the hosts file?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks
>>>>
>>>> The information on initialisation of shares was useful too.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks both for your prompt replies.
>>>>
>>>> "andy smart" <anonymus@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>>> news:d6figq$j3a$2@newsfeed.th.ifl.net...
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Sam Goddard wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I have a small home network to share Internet & files between 2
>>>>>> pcs (using a
>>>>>> crossover cable). The Internet connection works fine but it can
>>>>>> often take
>>>>>> time for me to locate the second computer & files thereon across
>>>>>> the network.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Can anyone suggest why this might be?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Sam
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> What IP scheme are you using for the two computers, and are each
>>>>> other's IP addresses in the hosts file? I've only ever done this
>>>>> with a hub in the middle though..
>>>>>
>>>>> Just an idea :-)
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>> On XP pro it would be at C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
>>>
>>> Not saying that that will fix it though :-)
>>
>>
>> %SYSTEMROOT% does not always equal C:\WINNT on XP pro machines.
>>
> On our XP boxes it is there, but yes it could be at C:\windows\....
> instead

Could a totally different drive or partition too.

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Steve Winograd [MVP]
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
In article <eJcj0H7WFHA.2128@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl>, "Sam Goddard"
<bigdaddy_sammy@hotmail.com> wrote:
>Hi,
>
>I have a small home network to share Internet & files between 2 pcs (using a
>crossover cable). The Internet connection works fine but it can often take
>time for me to locate the second computer & files thereon across the
>network.
>
>Can anyone suggest why this might be?
>
>Thanks
>
>Sam

What exactly is slow? Do you mean that My Network Places is slow to
open?

Try accessing the other computer directly by typing its name in the
Start | Run box in this format:

\\computer
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Sharing Files on a home network