Newbie (1 Posts)
6/6/2008 7:26:37 AM
I have 3 computers ( 2 laptops and 1 Desktop I custom built). For a few weeks, I was not able to see either computer on the network, ping them, or share files or printing. I tried everything from taking down the network, to setting it up again, to seeing if it was my router that was the problem. Never re-installed windows that is always the very last option. By the way 1 laptop and my desktop use Windows XP (SP2) and the other laptop has Window Vista Home Premium. After days of looking on the forums and none of the fixes worked. I checked my network properties on each computer. What I found was a wierd driver in the properties call TEEFER 2 DRIVER (capitalized for emphasis only). I googled that driver and the first thing that popped up was that this file or driver blocks file and print sharing, which was my very problem. So this was my solution and maybe it will work for someone else out there.
First go to MY NETWORK PLACES, then VIEW NETWORK CONNECTIONS, then depending if you connection is wireless or local area connection, right click on the appropriate connection your using. Then go down to PROPERTIES. The next window you see should be something like LOCAL AREA CONNECTION PROPERTIES or so maybe different for wireless connection. Anyway, look in the middle you will see a white box that above it has the words; THIS CONNECTION USES THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: Client for Microsoft Networks, File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks, Qos Packet Scheduler and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). This is where I also had the at wierd driver TEEFER 2 DRIVER HERE. The only items you need in this area for Windows XP or Vista are the first four I mentioned. If you see TEEFER 2 Driver, first uncheck the box next to it, then highlight the words TEEFER 2 DRIVER and click Uninstall, restart your PC or laptop, make sure you do this on all your machines. Once you restart and you have ensured all your computers are named differently, but have the same workgroup name, you should be able to File and Print Share with no problem. Mines came up instantly.
Sorry for the long thread, but I am a step by step kind of person, so I try to make it easier for some people who may not be so computer savvy. Hope this works for at least one other lost soul out there like I was.