to the wired desktop (XP). Seems to function perfectly on that computer. I have set the desktop up with an internal static IP address.
I can not access it from the other two laptops. My eventual goal is to have it accessible from the internet - to that affect I have gone into the lynksys router and set up port forwarding to the internal IP address of the desktop but no luck from the internet either.
This is my first time doing something like this so any pointers would be much appreciated.
Check to make sure the firewall on the computer running Apache allows (a) Apache to be accessed and (b) its default port 80 to be accessed. If you have more than one firewall running, check them all. Note that many "internet security" products also need to allow access to Apache and port 80, even if they do not call themselves a "firewall".
For example, you need to open things up in Windows Firewall, AND in ZoneAlarm, AND in McAfee Internet Security.
And by "seems to function perfectly" I guess you mean that when you launch Apache you can launch a web browser on that same system and access "http://localhost:80" to get the local Apache "installation success" page, right?