Can Ping IP Address but not Name

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  1. birdus

    birdus

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    I have:



    — PC called Homer attached to Wireless DSL router via ethernet cable

    — Laptop called Bart connected to WiFi router (wirelessly)

    — Both machines are part of a workgroup called WORKGROUP

    — Both machines are running Windows Vista Ultimate



    Here's the problem. The PC can ping the laptop just fine, but when I try and ping the PC (HOMER) via Bart, I get:



    Ping request could not find host HOMER. Please check the name and try again.



    I can however ping HOMER with his IP address. Why can I not ping HOMER by name?



    Also, possibly a related issues. In Network and Sharing Center (on Bart), Network Discover is set to Custom. When I go into that setting and click on "Turn on Network Discover", then click Apply, it reverts to having nothing selected and stays at "Custom."



    Are these related and how do I get these two things functioning as expected?



    Thanks,

    Jay
     
    birdus, Jan 25, 2009
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    WAW8

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    Do you have both machine set up as "private" networks?
     
    WAW8, Jan 26, 2009
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