Cannot Network Two Computers with the Same Name

I have a client that has about 5 computers set up in their small office, 2 running XP one running Vista and the other two running Windows 7. All on a wired network

The main document server one runs windows 7. The docs are in the public folder on that PC.
All the PC's can see and access these folders perfectly.

The only one that cannot is the other one running Windows 7 (which is a laptop). I have tried normal networking, homegroup.

I think the problem lies in the fact that when the client bought the laptop, They didnt think and gave it the SAME NAME as the computer it needs to access.

I changed the computer name, but as you know this doesn't change the User/Folder structure or name.

Thus far I have been unable to solve it.
As they are the only ones on the Homegroup. I can click on the Icon and see the Shared Documents, Music, Pictures folders etc. But when I click to go in to them it does nothing.

Has anyone encountered this before?

And lastly, I CAN access the laptops public docs from the document server PC?

Thankyou for your time and help.


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