View Full Version : [ubuntu] file sharing - vista can see ubuntu, ubuntu cannot see vista

November 24th, 2010, 10:28 PM
After a reinstall of 10.10, I am able to turn on file sharing and so I set up a shared folder.

Windows Vista can see this folder but in my network place, there is only one icon, and it's a "Windows Network" icon. Upon clicking on that, I can see the local network, "Rompus Room".

When I click on Rompus Room, nothing happens for a while, then I get a message saying, "Opening "ROMPUS ROOM". Then I get the final message, "Unable to mount location", followed by, "Failed to retieve share list from server"

HELP ...

November 25th, 2010, 01:14 AM
To see what shares are available on the network, open a terminal and type:


All the shared directories on your internal network should show up similar to this:

Enter cariboo's password:
\\WILLY willy server (Samba, Ubuntu)
\\WILLY\IPC$ IPC Service (willy server (Samba, Ubuntu))
\\WILLY\TV2 TV shows part 2
\\WILLY\TV1 TV shows part 1
\\WILLY\Images iso images
\\WILLY\Iso Mounted iso's
\\WILLY\Stuff Everything Else
\\WILLY\Documents Documents
\\WILLY\Music Music
\\WILLY\Movies Ripped DVDs
\\WILLY\print$ Printer Drivers
\\RISKY XP Computer
\\RISKY\C$ Default share
\\RISKY\ADMIN$ Remote Admin
\\RISKY\EPSONSty EPSON Stylus Photo R340 Series
\\RISKY\All Users
\\RISKY\print$ Printer Drivers

November 26th, 2010, 10:05 AM
I'm not sure what you mean when your refer to your network as 'Rumpus Room'. If that is the name you are using for your Windows workgroup, then that may well be the root of the problem. Take a look at my networking guides, and in particular the guide on Windows Workgroups, at www.europe.eclipse.co.uk/Ubuntu/

November 26th, 2010, 10:00 PM
Thank you both very much for the responses. 3 pc's, 2 Ubuntu 1 Vista.


Here are the results for the command "smbtree":

sail@sail--PC:~$ smbtree
Enter sail's password:
cli_start_connection: failed to connect to NATALIE<20> ( Error NT_STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL
\\UBUNTU ubuntu server (Samba, Ubuntu)
\\UBUNTU\share -helen
\\UBUNTU\IPC$ IPC Service (ubuntu server (Samba, Ubuntu))
\\UBUNTU\print$ Printer Drivers
\\SAIL--PC sail--PC server (Samba, Ubuntu)
\\SAIL--PC\IPC$ IPC Service (sail--PC server (Samba, Ubuntu))
\\SAIL--PC\print$ Printer Drivers

NATALIE is a vista pc. ROMPUS ROOM is the name of the local simple file sharing network. Hopefully this is clear enough to understand, if not please ask for further clarification.

Worthy of note, is that the other Ubuntu pc (helen) also receives the same error when trying to connect to this pc, "SAIL" but I connect fine to it.
Again, the windows pc can see me, SAIL, and use my shared folder. The windows pc's can share files no prob.

Thank you, I will look into your suggestion.

Thank you both for your input & I await a hopeful next step in the process.

Also, files are locked when they are exchanged in Ubuntu, with the owner being "Nobody". Is there a way to use the files we share? chmod or something I can use ? Sorry, sort of new at this...