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Accessing local network with laptop

I have a Studio 1737 running Vista, connected wirelessly to a Linksys router WRT350N. I can make the connection and get on the internet without problem.

I also have a Dell Dimension desktop running WIndows XP that's connected to the Linksys router via ethernet cable. I've set up a few folders on the Desktop as shared in the hopes I can transfer files thru those folders.

However I can't see the Desktop on my Laptop. I have a friend with a laptop running XP and who can see my Desktop when he connects wirelessly. But he can't access any files in spite of having appropriate passwords.  I would like to know what I need to do to get MY laptop to see my desktop. Ultimately I was hoping I could not only share files but also use the printer connected to my desktop thru a USB cable.

Can someone help me out, please ?


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