View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu 8.10 computers can't see vista shares.

November 19th, 2008, 12:56 AM
Looking for answers to a strange issue involving several ubuntu 8.10 computers on my home network.

Here is what I got:

Server: Vista ultra x86 on static ip
Server is sharing primary printer and backup media (several accounts each password protected)

Workstation #1: Vista x64 and Ubuntu 8.10 x64

Workstation #2: Ubuntu 8.10 x86 (sharing #2 printer)

Old Dell: Ubuntu 8.10 x86

Laptop 1: Ubuntu 8.10 x64 and vista biz x86

Laptop 2: Vista hp x86

My issue is that why all the computers using vista can share and print fine to the server and the #2 printer ---- The ubuntu 8.10 computers cannot see the shared files and printer on the vista server. I can however see the workgroup and the names of all the computers on the network.

I found this thread on the same topic in 8.4


but offers no real solutions.

It mentions printers/add: smb://(ip of windows machine) but what if this address is dynamic?


Here is an image of what I'm referring to:
I can see the other computers but cannot see any shared files/printers on them. (this pic is from the laptop using 8.10 x64)

November 19th, 2008, 08:02 PM
I found this thread this morning:


and updated samba via this post:


However it had no effect :(

November 24th, 2008, 04:50 AM

I found that I am able to see and access the server shares manually via: Places/Connect to Server

I still cannot see or print to the Printer (shared) on this server.


I noticed that in the Printer Configuration: Server/Settings (Show printers shared by other systems) is NOT checked by default..

Checking this (and a reboot) had no effect on printer discovery.

I also ran the printer Troubleshooter and got this output:

Page 1 (Scheduler not running?):
{'cups_connection_failure': False}
Page 2 (Choose printer):
{'cups_dests_available': [], 'cups_queue_listed': False}
Page 3 (Local or remote?):
{'printer_is_remote': True}
Page 4 (Remote address):
{'remote_server_ip_address': '',
'remote_server_name': 'chris-server'}
Page 5 (Check network server sanity):
{'remote_server_name_resolves': False,
'remote_server_try_connect': 'chris-server'}

November 26th, 2008, 07:04 PM
Another piece of the pie. smbtree says everything is correct?


Still cannot print to shared printer :(