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If you have SAMBA installed, you can use the smbmount command to mount the WinXP shared folder to a mountpoint on your local BSD machine. In some instances (ie some Linux distros - not sure how it fits in with the BSDs), if you use a standard mount command but instruct it to use smbfs then it'll actually act like a 'frontend' to smbmount.
Since you say you're running KDE, you've obviously got a GUI setup. In this case, there are a whole load of graphical applications that will allow you 'browse' the SMB network in a similar manner to 'Network Neighbourhood/My Network Places'. Indeed, KDE/Konqueror can 'browse' an LAN network provided that the correct IOSlave is installed. Check out kcontrol to see if it's installed and working.
Forgot to mention: most of the graphical applications will require SAMBA to be installed anyway. Even if you're only accessing the shares as a client, you'll need samba.
not too sure with bsd.... but basically I think what u r tyring to do is network ur laptop with desktop and I am presuming u have ur network card recognised in ur laptop...can u ping from one machine to the other? if so then u have ip addys assigned already. Do u have samba installed as part of ur bsd distro? rpm -q (and package in question )
In winxp are u running a firewall do u have it enabled to allow a trusted network connection. In network properties do u have file and printer sharing enabled. Or u can map a network drive to share.....lots of questions I know but trying to help :-)