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Old 04-27-2005, 01:46 PM   #1
Registered: Apr 2005
Distribution: CRUX 2.2
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No Workgroup Computers, Printing Issues


After networking Windows XP Home SP2 and Linux Slackware 10.1, to share the C:\ drive and the / directories on Linux, I'm suffering with problems on the workgroup computers list, and with printing. The computers are connected via cables, and I've disabled the wireless interface on my router. Before I rant away, here's a few details about the network -

Workgroup Name - Eox
Windows PC Name - Windows
Linux PC Name (hostname) - Linux
Printer Name (Windows PC, LPT1) - Printer

And here's my Samba configuration file -


workgroup = Eox
server string = Linux Computer
hosts allow = 192.168.1. 127.
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 50
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_SNDBUF=8192 SO_RCVBUF=8192 
interfaces =
local master = no
name resolve order = hosts lmhosts wins bcast
dns proxy = no
preserve case = no
short preserve case = no
case sensitive = no
restrict anonymous = no
domain master = no
preferred master = no
max protocol = NT
ldap ssl = No
server signing = Auto


comment = Linux
path = /
guest ok = yes
read only = no
msdfs proxy = no
I'm pleased to say I can access the shares in Windows and Linux, but the workgroup Eox has no computers on it according to Windows and Linux. Typing "smb://" returns a message of no computers on the network (under Konqueror from Xfce 4), and in Network Places > View Workgroup Computers I get a message of the list of network computers is unavailable.

I've Googled for a solution to this problem, and have tried checking everything I can think of under Windows. Linux, I'm not too sure about! On many forums, I've seen the output of ipconfig requested, so here's my output -

C:\Documents and Settings\New>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
I've noticed my router (LinkSys WAG54G - wired, not using wireless) detects the Windows PC hostname, but for the Linux PC nothing. Could this be a problem?

Regarding printing, I've set up CUPS to print to \\Windows\Printer, and configured my driver for my printer (HP DeskJet 960c) and when I print anything from the Linux PC, it has "printed successfully". It never arrives at Windows, and print spooler is running.

I thank you for your help in advance!
Old 04-27-2005, 05:25 PM   #2
Registered: Apr 2005
Distribution: CRUX 2.2
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Good news!

I've managed to get everything working, including printing. Well, I lie. Windows and Linux don't produce errors when I look on the SMB network, but no clients show up! I've disabled NetBIOS on both systems, and I've got to this stage. I'm stuck for ideas, and would appreciate your advice.


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