I have a network of XP based desktops, all hard wired. There are machines like A, B, C, D, E and F and print servers P1 and P2. All have password protected shared drives.
Now I have a problem sharing A with B. With all others the sharing works well. If I want to access drives of A from B, it takes more than an hour. However, TCPIP services on A are accessible, The computer A itself is visible in My Network Places, I can ping it but it takes a long time to access shared drives. The error I get is "there are no logon servers available ...". After an hour or two, I can access the drives. There is no problem while accessing other computers' shared drives from either A or B.
However, if I change IP address of A, while accessing it, it asks for the credentials. You give them and save them, you can access the drives immediately. But next boot onwards, the same old problem comes back.
What could be wrong?