I have a laptop and a desktop connected via a router. Both are running Win7, and both are configured for Home network with all the settings such as computer discovery enabled.

If the laptop connects to the router via Wi-Fi, everything works fine. If I connect it via Ethernet, almost everything still works fine: the desktop can see the laptop's shares; the laptop can ping the desktop by name, see it on the network map and in the list of networked computers. However the laptop cannot see the desktop's SMB shares; Explorer displays a "cannot connect" message when I click the computer name in the Network.

So the connectivity is clearly there (since pings work); NetBIOS seems to be working (since the computer is listed in networks and on the map); and the desktop is clearly configured correctly (since laptop->wifi->router->desktop sees those shares just fine). What could be causing this?


I would try uninstalling Windows Live Sign In Assistant and Windows Live Essentials seems to be a useful thing to do.

This thread points to the proper way to configure SMB shares: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=63123

  • Curious... I do have those installed, and I know someone who couldn't use them due to SMB issues... – RomanSt May 26 '12 at 17:18

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.