ubuntu has this problem where windows shares stop working. Shortly after install. I've experienced it on every version since 8.04 shortly after installation.
For the first few weeks, shares work when you click "browse network." all the computers in the network appear top-level, you don't even have to browse deeper.
then it all stops.
Note that ubuntu does not come with anything samba by default, no samba packages are installed. So don't go telling me to install samba and mess around with smb.conf, that always makes it worse for me (of course it works with the IP of the computer you want to connect to smb://xxx.xxx.x.x but no longer with names in the nice top-level format out of the box.
What is this problem? How can I fix it? Why does everyone talk about samba when it obviously isn't needed (at least for the first few weeks)
If you don't believe me, create a live USB and boot it. You'll see two things:
1. NOTHING samba is installed
2. perfect windows networking
then install it and watch it fail in a few weeks...?
Let me know if anyone has heard of or fixed this. Here's someone who had it happen before their eyes (second comment):
I get this error as described, after it stops working. http://askubuntu.com/questions/28754...n-ubuntu-13-04
And the first person to respond tells them to deal with samba... lol bad answer
I can confirm that dpkg.log shows no changes in any samba or networking related packages. So I didn't uninstall it or anything. "sudo service samba start" yields that I don't have samba (whoa no way)