Ive come across this a few times, however there may be a number of reasons.
One suggestion which works for one of my clients is that if you have a static IP address, change it to dynamic or vice versa
Infact my client has to do this daily, yes thats change it back and forward between the two daily...
Since I can only support them remotely, I have been unable to have a thorough look without the risk of disconnecting myself from their machine.
Also go into network adapters and run a diagnose / repair, that can some times bring it back to life.
On my own machines a while back, I had the same issue and could never figure it out, every now and then it would simply start working again.
I later upgraded to the evil 'Vista' and have never experienced the same issue, likewise on windows 7
Sorry I cant be much more help than that
Thanks for the comments, SW. Unfortunately, none of your suggestions solved my problem. We have a specialized software package on that XP machine, so upgrading to Vista at this point, is not an option. I guess I could put 2 computers at that station, but it would be nice if I could make this work.
Does anybody have any other recommendations?
What if you host the file from the XP machine instead of one of the Vista machines? I realize there may be some very good security reasons for not doing this, but if you can make it work, it might avoid the issue.
Not a bad suggestion. It would create some issues, like you said (security, backups, our XP machine must be shut down each day), but that may be my best option. If I don't come across a solution, I may take your advice.
Thank you very much.
Thank you for your posts.
There have been a couple of problems reported with Windows XP unable to see hosts on Windows Vista, and it appears to be Bonjour related. This usually happens with Bonjour 1.0.5 installed on Vista, and either Bonjour 1.0.4 or Bonjour 1.0.5 installed on Windows XP. It appears to be a timing issue, and on some machines, refreshing the host list SOMETIMES works.
If Bonjour 1.0.4 is installed on both machines with IPv4, then there isn't a problem.
On the flip side, Vista can see Windows XP host with either IPv4 or IPv6 installed.