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I am new to Linux but experienced in Windows (and DOS for that matter). I have just loaded Fedora FC1 on a computer that was surplus to my needs and would like to connect it to my existing Windows XP home network (4 stations). The computers on the XP network share a DSL connection to the INet by a router, and share an Epson Stylus Color 640 printer connected to one of the Windows computers (TREVOR1).
The Linux machine connects to the INet just fine.
I have encountered two problems, probably connected. First, although I can see the Linux computer as Samba Server (Linuxhost) in XP's network neighborhood when I open the Microsoft Windows Network, I cannot open Samba Server. I get the following message: \\Linux host not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator ....". I have yet to figure out how I find out if I can "see" the XP computers from my Linux machine.
Second, I have had no success in adding the Epson Stylus as a SMB printer, not surprising given the network problem above.
After much trial and error I adapted a smb.conf file I found in a message thread posted in these forums by Dolphin2005 on 10-09-05. It enabled me at least to see the Linux com[puter in XP, but still left me unable to access the network from either end.
Here is my smb.conf file:
workgroup = OWEN OFFICE
netbios name = linuxhost
server string = Samba Server
printcap name = /etc/printcap
load printers = yes
cups options = raw
log file = /var/log/samba/smbd.log
max log size = 50
security = user
password server = none
unix password sync = Yes
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
It is available for most distros that I'm aware of. However your version handles adding new packages. I assume you have some tool there to add new software? Do a search within it for smb4k. Sorry, can't be more specific as I'm not familiar with the distro you're using.
Found it , installed it via the RPM manager, and ran it. No joy. It shows no network at all. Since documentation available on line was sparse (non-existant?), ditto for the application "Help" file, I'm not sure if I should have done anything other than just run the program.
Any info you can provide.
BTW, I'm running Fedora FC1 (Wasn't sure my old machine could handle anything else).