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If you're trying to access shared files files on the XP box from the Linux box, you need smbclient installed on Linux. If you're trying to share files from Linux to XP, then you need samba installed on Linux. If you're trying to access webservers, ftp servers, etc., you may have firewall issues.
We need more details on what "cannot access" means.
Distribution: Distribution: RHEL 5 with Pieces of this and that.
Kernel 18.104.22.168, KDE 3.5.8 and KDE 4.0 beta, Plu
Have you either disabled the firewall if enabled. Or if enabled you can open the ports needed for access. Also you may have to disable SELINUX if enabled as well. Both firewall and selinux can be accessed from the Start Menu Security Level.
Or from the command line. You need to be root to do it asw well. Run the command
service iptables stop
If you decide to mount you NTFS partition and share it via samba, I would recommend mounting and sharing is as readonly. If they must really really really write to it, do some research on NTFS access in Linux to learn the dangers. I believe "captive NTFS" is regarded as the safest way to write NTFS, if you must. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.