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Hi, everyone,

I am having some issues with Win7 Starter on my ASUS EEE PC being able to carry out network discovery on my home network.

When I go to Network, the status bar across the top fills veeeerrrry slowly. Also,the computer cannot readily identify other computers on my home network. It can always find itself, and that's about all I can count on. Sometimes my printer appears, sometimes it does not. Most of the time, my router doesn't actually appear, even though the computer must be connected to it, since I can access the internet. Also, sometimes a strange router I do not recognize appears. It could be a neighbor's, but that's unlikely I'm in a rural area, so the nearest neighbor is some way off.

Most importantly, I have an NAS share drive mounted to my router. I cannot see it, nor can I connect to it by manually entering either the sharename or the IP address.

I do not think that this is an issue with network configuration at the router. My wife's almost identical netbook runs through the network discovery process quickly and successfully finds everything. She can see and access the NAS share without having to first map to it it just appears in the sidebar on her Network.

I don't think that this is a hardware issue with my netbook, either. It is dual boot, and the Ubuntu Linux boot can connect to the NAS share just fine. Also, if I try to view the NAS share via http in Win7, I can see it.

Does anyone have any ideas that can help me troubleshoot this?

Thanks!Both netbooks are: ASUS EEE PC 1001P running Win7 Starter.
My router is a Netgear WNR3500L, running the factory firmware.
The NAS share is just a 2 GB USB drive, formatted with FAT32.

My PC is connected to the network using the Home profile. Network discovery, file/printer sharing, Public folder sharing, 128 bit encryption, and password protected sharing are all turned on in this profile. Media streaming is off. The settings on my wife's netbook (which is working) are identical.

My computer is set to the same workgroup that I set the share to on the router. My wife's, which can see the share, is not; it is still in the default "WORKGROUP" workgroup. I tried setting my PC back to that, but it did not help.

Both Win7 machines (the one having problems and the one that isn't) are running Avast antivirus and ZoneAlarm firewall. Windows firewall is turned off on both.

Hi Guys,

I have a Win 7 65-bit computer and a Thecus N2200 NAS Box which has just 1 x 1TB disk (ie not raided or anything - JBOD)

On my Win7 computer I have created mapped drives to the 2 directories on the NAS box where I transfer shows I've recorded on my TV Card. These directories are "Movies" and "Shows".

I have noticed that most of the time, once I've trimmed up my shows, that I can right-click and drag them to these networked drives (eg Y for N2200Shows and Z for N2200Movies) and select "Move" and the detailed dialogue box can show them transferring anywhere from 2 to 6 MB/Sec.

Unfortunately, on occasions, when I do this, the transfer speed will be something like 26kb/sec with an estimated completion time of say 10 hours. Yet I can click on the Y or Z drive and immediately see the existing files on the NAS box, plus I can double-click on one of the video files and play it back on the Win7 computer. Furthermore, playing/browsing these media files from either one of my 2 Network Media Players (Zensonic machines) isn't an issue.

There have been times when transfer speeds are slow, ie 26kb/sec so I stop the transfer and try the following:
1 - Reboot Win 7 box (actually do a power off) - No improvement
2 - Reboot NAS box as well - No improvement
3 - Checked drivers are latest drivers - no improvement
4 - Disabled IP6 - no improvement

Lastly, on occasions when the transfer speed has been slow, I've left the computer alone and gone to work only to remote access it later from work (using LogMeIn) and tried the transfer again (Explorer window still open from previous failed attempt) and now the transfer happens at 3MB/Sec. Nothing was changed, no cables touched, no boxes/switches/routers turned off or anything and yet my transfer speed has magically re-appeared.

During these slow LAN transfers, I can still download large files from the internet very quickly.

I've checked various posts about slow LAN transfer speeds with Win7 and have tried the recommended solutions (latest drivers, changing from auto detect to 100Mbs Full Duplex, disable IPv6, etc) but nothing works. There's no rhyme or reason why it suddenly slows or comes back. Most of the threads regarding slow LAN speeds seem to be for people who's speed is always slow, not intermittent like mine.

I suspect it might be some Windows service that stops (or hangs) but don't know which one to look at.

It's annoying at the moment, so when it does happen, I just leave my TV shows on the WIN7 computer until the next time the transfers happen again at 2MB/sec+.



I have 2 win7 64bit, i7 machines and want to share files/drives between. One machine (machine #2) lets me share its files but is very slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. The other machine (machine #1) won't let me share any folder/files (and map a drive for that matter) at all and gives me an error message as you can see.

What am I doing wrong? I've shared each folder/drive on each machine and I HAVE THEM WITH THE SAME "WORK GROUP" name. Is it a matter with win 7 firewall or accounts or permissions? I do not have a problem with a win xp machine. That machine (machine #3) saves files very fast to machine #2 and machine #2 can access (map) files/drives on machine #3 very easily - no problems. This is very frustrating since machines #1 and #2 are very fast by themselves (and way faster than machine #3) but cannot be hardly used via my network. The network is sound since I can get both #1 and #2 machines to save files very fast (Approx 14megs) to a networked NAS . Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Hi there!

I have been asked to look at a network of 2 pc's where the client in question has been having problems trying to run their Office Access application simultaneously on both pc's. The app resides on pc1 which runs ok but they had the scenario whereby if they ran the app up on pc1, it wouldn't run on pc2 and vice versa. I somehow got round this by mapping a drive to the folder on pc1 where the app exists from pc2 and have been able to run the app on both pc's simultaneously, but with the following limitations:-

1) If the app has been run up from pc1, then it won't start directly from pc2, I have to start Access and then open the app from pc2.

2) If the app is not running on pc1, then it will start directly from pc2 and pc1 will also start.

3) If the app is running on both pc's simultaneously, it is very slow on both pc's.

This setup of using a pc as a server does not seem to be very clever and it also seems to me that installing a server may well be the right way to go. However, there could be an alternative of installing a NAS box and placing the back end of the app onto this and then accessing it from front ends on the pc's. (I'm looking to split it into front and back end anyway).

Has anybody got any experience of running Access on a peer to peer network or using a NAS box? Most setups I have come across are either single user or with a network and server already in place.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



I'm in the (slow) process of migrating from an XP machine to a new Vista machine at home. I have a NAS storage box that has a combination of personal folders (login name and password protected) as well as some open "shared user" folders so that all machines on the home network can store and access data.

On the XP machine I mapped two network drives, Z: to the shared folders and Y: to my personal folder. My XP login requires a password, which is the same as the storage password, so everything works OK.

In setting up the Vista machine I did the same thing, and everything worked just fine for about 2 weeks, then 2 days ago i was no longer able to access my external storage. I unmapped the drives and remapped. I am able to connect to the shared folders with no problems, but the "private" folder keeps asking me for user name and password. I fill in the boxes with the right information but get an error message saying I don't have the rights. The message also goes on to say that multiple connections to a shared device with the same user name is not permitted! Even if I delete the mapping to the shared folder I cannot map to my private folder. I can see the NAS device when I open the network window, and can also see all the visible folders in the NAS device, but I still cannot log on to my private folder - even directly (i.e. not trying to map the drive).

As a hint, when I get the log-on error, I notice that Vista has appended the computer name to the user name - is this a clue?

I believe I have administrator privileges on the Vista machine but from what I read - that's somewhat of a misnomer!

This is driving me NUTS.

Hello. My network consists of a Windows 7 PC, A debian mythtv box, a Macintosh G4 10.3.9 and a Windows XP SP3 laptop. I like this combination (the laptop is a Via based unit which came with Vista but turned out to be way too slow, so I *upgraded* it to XP which runs - and has always run - superbly). I can't see myself forking out for Windows 7 again because none of my other machines (which are ideal for the jobs they are tasked for) won't be upgraded to anything ever.

I'd love to be able to browse everything and see everything. This means everything, not just "these files in these folders". So when I hook up a printer, or a scanner, or an external hard drive that someone has lent me, I can just see it in "the pool" of available devices. I want to be able to put a USB stick in anywhere and see its contents anywhere. I want to be able to plug in an eSata drive on the PC, walk to the mac and then access the drives files as if I was sitting in front of the PC.

At the moment I have to deal with passwords and user accounts. My girlfriend can't get her head around the concept of switching users and I don't blame her. I don't give a **** about users. They seem completely pointless on my network, since a) I can't use them anyway since I have both debian and macs which don't really integrate with it, and b) I know who *I* am and trust me whether or not I'm sitting at my office PC or at the mac out in the garden.

Sometimes when I'm in the garden the mood takes me and I want to write something, but the files are up on my office PC, so I can't just "see it all" and "just use it" without having to dick around with shares and user accounts. Sometimes I'm at the laptop and want to watch some recorded TV or listen to music but I can't because Windows Media Player can't play any of the open formats I use such as TS video (proper mpeg transport stream, not microsoft's bastardised version) or OGG music or AAC. Linux can. Mac can. That frustrates me too, that Windows wants to play differently. Sure I'll switch to Windows Media Centre if there's a WIZARD that can let me play my existing database of movies, recorded TV shows, and 700GB of music in a variety of formats other than Windows Media Audio, without losing anything (such as a week of my life to set it up).

I thought I could just buy a NAS box. Which is a linux based network attached RAID hard disk (which is also where my printer is plugged in). Which means it's designed about shares and users and groups and passwords still. I want it so that if ANYONE is connected to my network then *I* TRUST THEM TO PLAY NICE. Me the human, not my computer, which is just something I use not something that makes decisions on my behalf. It's annoying to have to connect to since Windows thinks of it as "something on the network that it can't trust" instead of "a hard drive it can use if it wants to".

What's with this whole concept of users and passwords on a home network anyway? If I managed to log on to my machine by the horrible method of having to click on the name of the ONE USER set up on the computer (I mean, why is there a choice when there is only one option - imbecieles) then surely I know that I can do anything since this is MY network, so why do I need passwords to connect to other machines on MY network? Frankly if I could remove users and passwords and just use MY computer to do MY work then I would.

Hi Guys,

I have a Zensonic Network Media Player which I'm having trouble getting it to see the Windows 7 shares and I believe the problem is with Windows 7.

Basically all the Zensonic unit does is look at anything on the network in the same workgroup and then shows any shared drives. I have the Zensonic set to the workgroup "WORKGROUP" and so is the Win7 computer (plus my Thecus N2200 NAS box and a WinXP computer).

When it looks at the network, it can see the Win7 computer but when I select it, it says "0 shares". I have no trouble with the WinXP computer for example and all I do on that box is simply right-click on a directory, select share, give it a share-name and it appears on the Zensonic computer.

That's why I think it has something to do with how sharing and/or networking is done in Win7. I've looked at various networking/sharing posts on various forums and tried different configs but it still doesn't appear.

Here's what I've done with a directory on my D drive where I record TV shows from my TV card - D:Video

I right-click on the "Video" directory and choose Share With --> Specific People. I've added "Everyone" and "Guest" with Read/Write permissions (I know I just need Read, but that didn't work so I tried both).

That didn't work. My next step was to right click on "video" directory and choose "Properties" and go to the Sharing tab. This tab currently shows "Video Shared" and underneath that it says network path is OfficeVideo. If I click on the Share button, it shows the same dialogue box where I have Everyone and Guest with Read/Write permissions.

If I click on Advanced Sharing, the next dialogue box has a tick in "Share this folder" with the Share name of Video.

The part that confuses me a little is when I right click on the Video directory and choose Share..., it has a padlock next to "Nobody". The other 2 options are "Homegroup (Read)" and "Homegroup (Read/Write)" but my understanding of homegroups is that it is for connecting other Win7 computers. My Zensonic unit is simply a Network Media Player.

Under "Change Sharing Options for Different Network Profiles" I have the following set:

Home or Work (Current Profile)

Turn on network discoveryTurn on File and Print SharingTurn on sharing so that anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folderMedia streaming is onEnable file sharing for devices that use 40 or 56 bit encryptionTurn off password protected sharingHomegroup connections - use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers

Turn on network discoveryTurn on File and Print SharingTurn on sharing so that anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folderChoose Media Streaming optionEnable file sharing for devices that use 40 or 56 bit encryptionTurn off password protected sharing

What other settings should I have to look at?

Like I said earlier, it was never this difficult in WinXP to create a share and for the Media Player to see it. All you had to do was be in the same workgroup, right click on a folder and choose "Share" and decide what Share name you wanted to call it.

I am having another network issue relating to slow network transfers on occassions (ie 90% of the time I can transfer at 2-3 MB/s but the other 10% can slow to 26k/sec) but I'll raise another topic on that.



I have multiple machines running usually more than one OS (WinXP, Win2K, *BSD, Slackware, OpenSolaris, Irix)
but due to lack of space I hook up only one, maybe two, use it for a day then the next day hook up another and use
that. [I rent a room in a house so machines other than my primary are kept with my extra stuff on the property]
So when it comes to documents and files there's a lot of redundancy as I wind up copying the same stuff to
each OS. Be it pdf files, images, music, etc.
A lot of stuff is on an external USB hard drive but there have been a number of issues with that, especially among
non-Windows OSes.
I do have an old NAS but it's probably reaching eol and is mostly filled with backups from old OSes I used to run
(BSDs, Win98, Solaris 8, etc.).

Since I don't have the room to keep a full-size machine running as a server I've been considering some small-size
items and would like some feedback on what might work. This is just for home use.

Options are:

Mini-ITX machine (probably the most flexible with regards to RAM, speed, and OS. One company even has a case that
can attach to the back of a monitor via the VESA wall mount holes)Plug Computer (eSATA Sheeva Multi with Ubuntu or Debian Squeeze, GuruPlug [some heat problems with earlier versions]
and the like hooked up to an external drive)Standalone NAS (diskless, my choice of disk size. The Synology DS110j for instance is pretty nice and well received
but I wonder about the lack of RAM at 128MB).Also a company called Addonics makes very inexpensive hardware that turns USB drives into network accessible drives.

Obviously I'm going the inexpensive route here. With the exception of the Mini-ITX all can be had for up to about $200.
Any ideas on what might be worth trying out?
BTW, I do have online storage at MyDrive but I find using The Cloud for file sharing to be a bit too slow.