If you want to get some answers, you're going to have to provide a little more information so I can further assist you.
In your first post, you stated it's a "newly loaded" linux system. Who did the installation, you or a friend. Do you have the disc you used for that install. If so, what's the name of the linux distribution on that disc? Slackware, Red Hat, Ubuntu, etc.
SMB/CIFS (ie: Windows) networking on linux depends on a software called samba. We need to determine if you even have samba installed. To do that, login to the computer as root, open a terminal (ie: Konsole), and run the following commands (and post their output here):
ls -l /usr/sbin/smbd
Find out the IP of your linux computer, by running the command (as root):
Then post what is shown for "inet addr:"
Find out the IP of a windows computer. On a windows machine, find out it's ip by going to Start, click on Run, and type in cmd and hit OK. Then in the black windows, type in ipconfig and hit ENTER. What is shown for it's ip address?
Post all those results and I'll tell you what to do next.