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Old 07-12-2004, 10:48 PM   #1
westone
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Unable to ping Linux box from Windows


Hi,
I'm using Mandrake 10.0.

From the Linux machine I can ping the Windows XP machine on my LAN, but not vice-versa. This is a problem because I installed Samba in order to share a printer attached the Linux machine. From Windows there is no indication of the Linux machine on the network.

I used the drakwizard to install Samba, and told it to share all printers with no restrictions.

Networking on the XP machine is fine: I can ping router, etc. from it.

Have I missed something?

Thanks,
Bill
 
Old 07-12-2004, 10:52 PM   #2
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does your linux box have a firewall running? Perhaps that is blocking your pings.
 
Old 07-13-2004, 07:51 PM   #3
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I have not setup a firewall, but perhaps one is running by default? Where can I check?
 
Old 07-13-2004, 09:42 PM   #4
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you can run the command
Code:
service iptables status
OR
Code:
iptables -nvL
if it does show some rules, you can
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service iptables stop
and check whether pings succeed.
 
Old 07-14-2004, 08:55 AM   #5
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iptables service

Okay, thanks for that info.

The iptables service is not running.

I have discovered that although I can ping from the Linux machine out to another machine on the LAN and get a response, it is not possible to ping the localhost. When I attempt to ping the local IP address or "localhost" the terminal window I am working in freezes. Under Windows this behavior would indicate that something is buggered up with the local networking properties. Under Linux I presume it indicates a problem, but am not sure since this is a new OS to me.

What do you think?

Thanks,
Bill
 
Old 07-14-2004, 04:41 PM   #6
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Source of problem found

Hey,
Well today I pinpointed the source of the problem. My LAN now has 3 Mandrake 10.0 machines and 1 Windows XP machine. I was able to determine that 2 of the Linux boxes that are using the D-Link DFE-530TX+ NIC are exhibiting the problem described above: Able to ping out and get a response, Unable to be pinged from another machine and unable to ping localhost.

The 3rd Linux box uses a "Lite-On" card and it's network communication is fine.

I am starting a new post under "Harware", which seems more appropriate, to see if this card can be made to work. The CD contains a Linux folder w/ source code and instructions to build a driver. Although I am new to Linux, the compile process generated errors when run as instructed which seemed to indicate that the instructions were for a much earlier version of Linux than the one I have.

Anyway, thanks for the help. Once we get past this we will be ontrack with our original purpose which is a small office LAN with Linux and Open Source solutions for Office needs.

Thanks,
Bill
 
  


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