pulling my hair out with Windows/Linux network
I'm frustrated out of my wits trying to network my Windows XP machine with my Ubuntu Linux one. I'm going to illustrate this post liberally so that you can see what's going on.
I have Samba installed. My Windows XP machine is a home-built one running with an Athlon 64 3700, 1.5 GB of RAM and two internal hard drives, a 250 GB one and a 300 GB one. I also have two 500 GB external drives, but I don't think they're relevant.
My Linux PC is an HP Pentium III with an 18 GB internal drive (the original one) and another 60 GB one. Ubuntu 7.10 is installed on the 60 GB drive on an ext3 partition. The 18 GB one is the one I want to network with my Windows machine. I formatted it as an ext3 drive and installed a utility, IFS Drives, into XP to give it the ability to see Linux ext2 and ext3 drives. However, when I ran into trouble networking these PCs, I simplified. I converted the 18 gig into a FAT32 one. I wanted to use NTFS, but the partition editor wouldn't let me. So, that drive is FAT32 for now. I can always convert it back to ext3 when I finally get the network working.
Actually, the network is partially working. I'm getting the Internet on both PCs. I ran a cat 5 from my cable modem and into a wired router and then ran another cat 5 from the router into the Windows machine. I then ran a cat 5 from the router into the Linux machine. Piece of cake. They both have Internet access.
The problem is in getting them talking to one another. When I can copy files from the Windows XP machine to the 18 GB hard drive on the Linux machine, I'll be where I need to be.
I have Samba installed on the Linux machine. So in that machine I go to System ==> Administration ==> Shared folders. I then choose the 18 gig drive from the menu in the path field.
I name it "tomshared" in the properties dialogue and clear the read only check box.
It then shows up as a shared folder named /home/tom.
In General properties I give it the domain name musicbox.