In order not to have to transfer my development files back and forth between the real and the VPC to check them with different browsers, I try to access the VPC's htdocs folder from the real PC or vice versa. Everytime I get an "Object not found!" message in the browser window. The strange thing is, that the Firefox displays the htdocs' favicon icon in the address bar, which indicates to me that the object was found somehow (the behaviour is retracable by removing and restoring the icon file). On the page with the "Object not found!" message it also says "Error 404", followed by a link with the title of the calling PC's name or IP (depending on what I used). Following that link brings me to the XAMPP's start page (Welcome), Firefox and IE behave identical.
There is always only one Apache running at a time, and there is no connection to the Internet (modem is turned off).
What I entered in the address bar of the browser:
development-folder being a subfolder to htdocs.
It doesn't matter if development-folder has any php of htm file or not.
What else I tried, but didn't do the trick :
I followed Sharley's suggestion (thread http://community.apachefriends.org/f/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=50213&sid=749eb9047d8347c8da8c8428be822d73) to check the windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file, where I found "127.0.0.1 localhost" already entered.
I added "Allow from add hisip here" following Sharley's suggestion in thread http://community.apachefriends.org/f/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=50227&sid=749eb9047d8347c8da8c8428be822d73 (I did not forget to restart the Apache)
Except for my development files, I also removed all files and folders underneath the htdocs folder.
I did all these steps separately as well as in combination.
What does work is LAN-PC-IP/xampp or LAN-name-of-PC/xampp (but from the opened XAMPP start page I cannot access my development files).
I also have access to phpMyAdmin, not only from the XAMPP start page, but also over /phpmyadmin (is case-sensitive, as I just found out).
Now I reached a dead end. Any ideas, suggestions, solutions?
Real PC: Windows XP SP2, Firewall "ZoneAlarm" (deactivated), AntiVir, XAMPP 1.7.7, Firefox 11.0, IE 6.0
Virtual PC: VPC2007 with Windows XP SP2, no Firewall, no anti virus, XAMPP 1.7.4, Firefox 4.01, IE 7.0
Both PCs are connected via LAN with fixed IP addresses.
Both XAMPP setups are in the root of their respective drives, both setups were done by extracting the ZIP files. No part of the XAMPP is set up as a service.