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Greetings, Let me first start off by saying that I am impressed with the amount of help I am seeing in this forum. I hope to be able to be of some sort of help to someone eventually, as I am now seeing how frustrating this migration can be for an XP user.....
Alright, here's the deal. I recently installed Fedora 3 on a fresh machine. PIII 500mHz, 396mb, 120Gb HD, ATI Radeon 8500DV, Awe64 Gold ISA (I know, its a dinosaur..Still not working right), standard 10/100 NIC, USB 1.0, (That I would eventually like to use my Audigy 2nx on, but first things first.)
So, that's the machine... Here's the problem I'm having.
I have two XP machines, (identically configured except for the name of course). These two machines both get internet from a Microsoft Wireless Base Station, one wirelessly, and the other is wired. The wired desktop, Lets call it (DESKTOP) has an HP printer connected to it,(Lets call this HP) both XP machines can print to this printer. To try and avoid confusion, lets call the other machine LAPTOP.
1) My recently built linux machine can now also print to HP, can see DESKTOP, AND access the shared C drive on that machine. Wonderfull!! There is something wrong though, and I obviously don't know what it is, or I wouldn't be here looking for help from such a helpfull crowd. From DESKTOP, I cannot see the LINUX machine, or add it with the windows 'add a network place' dialog' window, by using the machine name or the IP....
2) LAPTOP _can_ see the Linux machine, but doesn't have permission to connect to it. Linux machine CANNOT see LAPTOP....
*NOTE* There was a brief moment when all three machines were able to access each other, but then I rebooted, and I never saw that magic again. -Sigh-
I feel very comfortable with Windows networking, and based on that knowledge, have plowed right into this without any prior linux experience. Now, unfortunately, I fear I may have gone too far, and gotten myself into some trouble by reconfiguring the wrong options, too many times. Sound familiar?
What I am looking for I guess, unless someone is willing to help me step by step, is a good how-to, specifically for Fedora 3, on connecting to an existing Windows network. If there is a kind soul or two here that would be willing to help me through this I would greatly appreciate it, as using a HOW-TO from this point might prove difficult with all of the steps I have already been through.
I have read through many of these posts already, and I have seen some frustration by the newbies and the veterans when it comes to helping some people on here.... I am willing to try whatever you tell me and give you specific results. I am patient enough to try a number of things, or even step backwords, the only thing I am trying to avoid is having to reinstall fresh. It took about 5 hours on a PIII for the full install of FC3, which at the moment, I have decided I want the full install of this distro, at least to start with.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and many thanks in advance for anyone willing to take this on.
Well, I think you are way above me here. The only thing that I can think of is that for your XP machine to see a Linux folder, the Linux folder has to be accessed by a Samba server (probably on the same Linux machine). I hope that points you in the right direction, and good luck.
When you say that LAPTOP sees LINUX - how does LAPTOP see LINUX? I suspect that LINUX speaks to LAPTOP with a wireless protocol to announce its existence. You cannot look at LINUX folders from a Windows system on a network without the LINUX folders running on Samba.
You could try this experiment. Run ping from LAPTOP to LINUX. Better, run Apache on LINUX and see if LAPTOP can browse the Apache server on LINUX. Either one proves that you have network connectivity between the two.
Then try the same experiments with DESKTOP. Can DESKTOP ping LINUX?
SWAT is a GUI frontend for samba. It runs on port 901, you could also get to it with http://localhost:901. It is very helpful for peoples first excursions into samba, as it defines anything you want defined, and caters to recent Redmond converts by not requiring you to read and edit config files.