I have a Windows XP desktop and a Windows 7 laptop both connected to a TrendNET TEW-432BRP router, which is connected to the Internet. They both have static IPs. The desktop has an external hard drive connected to it. The laptop is wireless and the desktop is wired.
I enabled sharing on the external hard drive about two years ago when I bought it. I mapped it as a network drive on the laptop. I think it was yesterday, the laptop just stopped recognizing any of the computers on my network (When I open network, my laptop's the only one on it). I also get an error message "An error occurred while connecting A: to \CERTIFIED-DATA\Expansion Microsoft Windows Network: The network path was not found. The connection has not been restored" when I try to connect to the network drive.
Both computers run Avast, and there hasn't been any problems with it.
This has happened before but I never figured out why and how to fix it. It's usually fixed when I reinstall the OS of the affected system.
I can't navigate the computer using
\\CERTIFIED-DATA. I get a message saying "Windows cannot access \CERTIFIED-DATA. Check the spelling of the name, Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network"
I clicked diagnose on the message and it failed to find anything wrong
I clicked diagnose on my wireless connection, and it just keeps trying to check if something is wrong with the connection
I can ping it successfully
Update 2: I can see the computers on my network, but I still get the same message when I click on them