First, just so you know I'm not trying to waste people's time, I have searched these forums and the web for help, found a lot of information, none of it has solved my problems. If I've missed something brain dead obvious please forgive the foolish question.
Second, I have a lot of networking and PC experience, all flavors of Windows from 1.0 onward and Mac from OS 7 onward.
Third, I tried Ubuntu a couple years ago and ended up giving up, too little time available to work with it and too frustrating. I have recently come into possession of a spare PC and figured I'd give Ubuntu another try both for my education and to see if it really was as easy and powerful as people have been saying.
With that preamble out of the way, here's my two-fold problem - a) my Ubuntu machine cannot "see" my Windows 2000 and Windows XP machines and b) my Windows machines cannot see the Ubuntu machine.
Here's what I think I know:
- Samba is running on the Linux PC
- When I use the Ubuntu machine's Nautilus and enter 192.168.1.105 Nautilus opens that Windows XP machine just fine, I can browse its shared folders, etc.
- Using “Places → Connect to server” and entering the name of one of my Windows machines produces an error message “Can't display location "smb://livingroompc/"
- Similarly, using “Places → Connect to server” and entering smb://192.168.1.101, the IP address for that PC, produces the same error message.
- Entering smb://192.168.1.101 into Firefox or Opera produces a blank browser screen, no error message
- The Windows machine CANNOT even see the Linux machine no matter what I do, even a search for computers within Windows File Explorer
- The Windows machine CAN ping the Linux machine
I have followed numerous pieces of advice from this forum and others.
- One suggested I use Ubuntu "System -> Admin -> Network" to change the name of the workgroup to match my home network. I did, no change from the Windows machines, they still cannot see the Linux PC
- Another said I needed to edit a file whose name I cannot remember so as to set my Ubuntu to the same workgroup as my Windows PCs. I did, that didn't help the Windows machines see the Ubuntu either.
- Yet another said "You have no entries in /etc/hosts" but didn't explain how to resolve that.
I'm stuck and frustrated, it really should not be this hard. I know how to get various Windows machines and Macs to talk to each other on a home network, have done it many times.
So, to the question - can someone help me out with some tips or maybe a link to a tutorial that speaks in simple English (one post said something about [fnmb] being broken without explaining what that was, where to find it, or how to make it right - useless to me).
Somehow I think I'm missing something incredibly obvious and when someone explains it to me I'll be stunned at my incompetence. But right now I'm just frustrated at spending 4-5 hours over three evenings trying to get what I consider basic functions to work.
I'd be most grateful for your help. I hope the above gave you enough information to do so