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Old 06-22-2010, 09:06 PM   #1
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Help to connect to XP Mshome network


I have the latest ubuntu and it seems to be all fine except I am trying to connect to my mshome XP network without any luck.

I have installed Samba and in Network places it shows Workgroup and MSHome.

Click on MSHome and I see my XP boxes.

Click on an XP box and I get.. You can stop this op etc' then I get the 'Unable to mount - Failed to retrieve share list from server' error.

I have been on this for 3 days now and just about over it I'm sorry to say.

The forums are thick with threads like mine without any definitive answers.

Please help me as I do want to try Linux.

I had a distro called MEPIS on before Ubuntu and with these same machines I was able to connect to the network without any problems so I am baffled why I can't now.


Old 06-22-2010, 11:09 PM   #2
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Samba can be frustrating. Setting it up to talk with my Windows boxes was one of the most time-comsuming things I did. Once I got it working, though, it never broke.

Here's a link I found.

You probably need to edit your samba configuration file: /etc/samba/smb.conf. Frankly, I have found the Ubuntu defaults less than desirable. They sort of look like they are working.

I show the settings I use for simple home networking in this post that I wrote for other reasons for another site.

The resource I found that finally helped me get my smb.conf file right was Samba by Example. I worked through the examples till I found the one that worked for me. I don't think I had to read past page 30. I found it far more useful than the Samba manual, which is really more oriented to corporate needs.

One of the funky things I experienced is that, sometimes, a couple of restarts seemed to be required before the new settings took full effect. YMMV.

If I may, I would say, keep at it. I started using Linux five years ago. I haven't looked back.
Old 06-25-2010, 02:00 AM   #3
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If it's any help to you, I found this guide helpful with a friend's Linux/Windows XP network a couple years back. Samba was frustrating to me too.
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A quick google did find many posts with people running ubuntu having problems connecting to windows computers.
This seems to be a decent guide.

Change your ubuntu computer so it matchs the same workgroup (MSHome) as your windows PCs.
Be sure to restart samba.
Make sure if running a firewall that it is allowing all SMB ports.

If the above does not work then check out this:


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