I had a similar problem awhile back with WinXP SP3 on a Dell Inspiron 9300 via a wireless connection. NET VIEW was showing up blank. Started investigating and finally found the culprit. Checked Event Viewer - System and saw an Error. The error text was:
“The name “WORKGROUP :1d” could not be registered on the Interface with IP address 192.168.0.15. The machine with the IP address 192.168.0.12 did not allow the name to be claimed by this machine.”
It turns out that IP 192.168.0.12 had been assigned to my RIM BlackBerry PlayBook (The Dell was 192.168.0.15). The PlayBook was at Standby at the time but like the MBL, when the PlayBook is at Standby it is still very much alive - especially its Wi-Fi interface (its still checking for email, OS and software updates, etc). Disabling the Wi-Fi on the PlayBook corrected the problem and with the PlayBook out of the equation, NET VIEW gave:
MYBOOKLIVE My Book Live Network Storage
(both lines above preceeded by “BackSlash ‘’, BackSlash’’”; but I was not able to include them as the WD posting checker reported ‘invalid HTML’)
The command completed successfully.
I’m not suggesting the above problems are due to a PlayBook - they are pretty few and far between. However maybe something else on the network is causing a similar problem.