Hi
Im completly new with anything linux and for the last 2 days I've been exploring how to install gentoo so it can read MKV files on my network. So far it havent been so bad, gentoo is installed and running in full screen 1080p no problem but the last 2 step of my project arent doing so well.

I cannot find a way to see my shared folders that are on my laptop running windows xp back on gentoo (both laptop and linux pc are connected on router). I tried playing around with the tutorials about emerging samba or the NFS tutorial but no success with either.

And I tried to emerge VLC and do as tutorial said but no mater what I have no GUI, tho I can load video with command line.

So if anyone can help me with some tips or point me to more in-depth step-by-step tutorial would be great.
Thanks