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Old 06-19-2007, 10:45 AM   #1
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Masterbrowser questions

Hello all,

I've got a problem with my home network that I believe has something to do with maintaining a list of active computers on my network. I've got 5 computers on the network 3 with XP, two running gentoo and kubuntu with samba. The network usually performs fine, but it seems like after a week or two of use, computers powering off, and back on, some staying on for a week or two without a restart (the gentoo machine and another XP box). After a week or two, computers start missing from the list, those computers can still browse the network but, a different computer is missing from that list. currently what I'm observing is this:

Gentoo machine can see:
Pauls XP
Pauls XP notebook
Dans XP
not Kubuntu Machine

Kubuntu Machine:
can see itself
Dans XP

Dans XP:

any ideas what I can do to fix these sorts of problems?
Old 06-21-2007, 07:48 AM   #2
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Location: New Zealand
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Hi dhaus,
I was just tying to solve some problems with unreliable network browsing myself today.

I wonder whether the changes that happen on your system are caused when the local master browser changes.

According to advice on this site:

You can make it all more stable by making sure that one linux box is always local master browser.
So in smb.conf you have:
domain master = false
local master = yes
preferred master = yes
os level = 65

Well, personally I have looked up a lot of advice on networking over the last two years and I still have problems.
Good luck.


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