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?
netbooks are: ASUS EEE PC 1001P running Win7 Starter.
My router is a Netgear WNR3500L, running the factory
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.