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I have a 98 Machine and I Linux Fedora machine. I can see the linux machine in my windows network neighborhood but when I double click on it this error keeps coming up. "The computer or shared name could not be found. Make sure you typed it correctly and try again." I know it is a Samba setting that is wrong but I am new to Linux and need some help.


Thanks Joe W :(

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you may need to configure your settings for smba, Authentication Mode as "User" which mean it will request for a login to view the contents.


to access better way use the IP not the name. like in windows \\ on Linux use smb://


hope this help you

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I thinkI tried what you said but no luck. Where do I add the IP address to exactly. To the Samba Config or the Network card config. I know you said "Host" but what is a host? The 98 computers or the Linux box. I have a router that is my DHCP server that handles my IP's. So would a static IP help in the config area that I have to use??? Sorry about the simple Questions but I am going to get this. Also I do not use a password to log into my Windows network. I just left the passwork blank could this be a problem?


Thanks JoeW :unsure:

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Hi JoeW,


I an having the same problem with my windows to linux connection. I have done what vemon said for you to do, but i get the same response bad password or unknown user. :(



Vemon is there some setting in samb that we are missing or is it with the user account(s).

Does a share need to be created ojn th elinux box ?



sneaker <_<

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Not sure about it. i set up samba via GUI heh. so i change "share" as "user" then, on windows .i connect to linux \\, then the login prompted me. and i use my Linux's login and i'm in!


other way round, Linux connect to windows.. some time it work but mostly never work coz windows is sux.


Sorry that i dunno other way to solve it. but maybe other people who's are clever can solve it. let it take time for them to respond.

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Here is a copy of my SMB.Conf I am almost there. I am able to share my printer and can access my windows machines. But I am haveing password problems accessing my linux box from windows.



# This is the main Samba configuration file. You should read the

# smb.conf(5) manual page in order to understand the options listed

# here. Samba has a huge number of configurable options (perhaps too

# many!) most of which are not shown in this example


# Any line which starts with a ; (semi-colon) or a # (hash)

# is a comment and is ignored. In this example we will use a #

# for commentry and a ; for parts of the config file that you

# may wish to enable


# NOTE: Whenever you modify this file you should run the command "testparm"

# to check that you have not made any basic syntactic errors.


#======================= Global Settings =====================================



# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name


# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field

server string = samba server


# This option is important for security. It allows you to restrict

# connections to machines which are on your local network. The

# following example restricts access to two C class networks and

# the "loopback" interface. For more examples of the syntax see

# the smb.conf man page

; hosts allow = 192.168.1. 192.168.2. 127.


# if you want to automatically load your printer list rather

# than setting them up individually then you'll need this

printcap name = /etc/printcap

load printers = yes


# It should not be necessary to spell out the print system type unless

# yours is non-standard. Currently supported print systems include:

# bsd, sysv, plp, lprng, aix, hpux, qnx

; printing = bsd


# Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must add this to /etc/passwd

# otherwise the user "nobody" is used

; guest account = pcguest


# this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine

# that connects

log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log


# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).

max log size = 50


# Security mode. Most people will want user level security. See

# security_level.txt for details.

# Use password server option only with security = server

; password server = <NT-Server-Name>


# Password Level allows matching of _n_ characters of the password for

# all combinations of upper and lower case.

; password level = 8

; username level = 8


# You may wish to use password encryption. Please read

# ENCRYPTION.txt, Win95.txt and WinNT.txt in the Samba documentation.

# Do not enable this option unless you have read those documents

; encrypt passwords = yes

; smb passwd file = /etc/samba/smbpasswd


# The following are needed to allow password changing from Windows to

# update the Linux system password also.

# NOTE: Use these with 'encrypt passwords' and 'smb passwd file' above.

# NOTE2: You do NOT need these to allow workstations to change only

# the encrypted SMB passwords. They allow the Unix password

# to be kept in sync with the SMB password.

; unix password sync = Yes

; passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u

; passwd chat = *New*UNIX*password* %n\n *ReType*new*UNIX*password* %n\n *passwd:*all*authentication*tokens*updated*successfully*


# Unix users can map to different SMB User names

; username map = /etc/samba/smbusers


# Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration

# on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name

# of the machine that is connecting

; include = /etc/samba/smb.conf.%m


# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.

# See speed.txt and the manual pages for details

socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192


# Configure Samba to use multiple interfaces

# If you have multiple network interfaces then you must list them

# here. See the man page for details.

; interfaces =


# Configure remote browse list synchronisation here

# request announcement to, or browse list sync from:

# a specific host or from / to a whole subnet (see below)

; remote browse sync =

# Cause this host to announce itself to local subnets here

; remote announce =


# Browser Control Options:

# set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master

# browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply

; local master = no


# OS Level determines the precedence of this server in master browser

# elections. The default value should be reasonable

; os level = 33


# Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. This

# allows Samba to collate browse lists between subnets. Don't use this

# if you already have a Windows NT domain controller doing this job

; domain master = yes


# Preferred Master causes Samba to force a local browser election on startup

# and gives it a slightly higher chance of winning the election

; preferred master = yes


# Enable this if you want Samba to be a domain logon server for

# Windows95 workstations.

; domain logons = yes


# if you enable domain logons then you may want a per-machine or

# per user logon script

# run a specific logon batch file per workstation (machine)

; logon script = %m.bat

# run a specific logon batch file per username

; logon script = %U.bat


# Where to store roving profiles (only for Win95 and WinNT)

# %L substitutes for this servers netbios name, %U is username

# You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below

; logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U


# All NetBIOS names must be resolved to IP Addresses

# 'Name Resolve Order' allows the named resolution mechanism to be specified

# the default order is "host lmhosts wins bcast". "host" means use the unix

# system gethostbyname() function call that will use either /etc/hosts OR

# DNS or NIS depending on the settings of /etc/host.config, /etc/nsswitch.conf

# and the /etc/resolv.conf file. "host" therefore is system configuration

# dependant. This parameter is most often of use to prevent DNS lookups

# in order to resolve NetBIOS names to IP Addresses. Use with care!

# The example below excludes use of name resolution for machines that are NOT

# on the local network segment

# - OR - are not deliberately to be known via lmhosts or via WINS.

; name resolve order = wins lmhosts bcast


# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:

# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS Server

; wins support = yes


# WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client

# Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both

; wins server = w.x.y.z


# WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on

# behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be

# at least one WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.

; wins proxy = yes


# DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names

# via DNS nslookups. The built-in default for versions 1.9.17 is yes,

# this has been changed in version 1.9.18 to no.

username map = /etc/samba/smbusers

password server = None

dns proxy = no


# Case Preservation can be handy - system default is _no_

# NOTE: These can be set on a per share basis

; preserve case = no

; short preserve case = no

# Default case is normally upper case for all DOS files

; default case = lower

# Be very careful with case sensitivity - it can break things!

; case sensitive = no


#============================ Share Definitions ==============================


comment = Home Directories

browseable = no

writeable = yes


# Un-comment the following and create the netlogon directory for Domain Logons

; [netlogon]

; comment = Network Logon Service

; path = /home/netlogon

; guest ok = yes

; writable = no

; share modes = no



# Un-comment the following to provide a specific roving profile share

# the default is to use the user's home directory


; path = /home/profiles

; browseable = no

; guest ok = yes



# NOTE: If you have a BSD-style print system there is no need to

# specifically define each individual printer


comment = All Printers

path = /var/spool/samba

browseable = no

# Set public = yes to allow user 'guest account' to print

printable = yes


# This one is useful for people to share files


; comment = Temporary file space

; path = /tmp

; read only = no

; public = yes


# A publicly accessible directory, but read only, except for people in

# the "staff" group


; comment = Public Stuff

; path = /home/samba

; public = yes

; read only = yes

; write list = @staff


# Other examples.


# A private printer, usable only by fred. Spool data will be placed in fred's

# home directory. Note that fred must have write access to the spool directory,

# wherever it is.


; comment = Fred's Printer

; valid users = fred

; path = /homes/fred

; printer = freds_printer

; public = no

; writable = no

; printable = yes


# A private directory, usable only by fred. Note that fred requires write

# access to the directory.


; comment = Fred's Service

; path = /usr/somewhere/private

; valid users = fred

; public = no

; writable = yes

; printable = no


# a service which has a different directory for each machine that connects

# this allows you to tailor configurations to incoming machines. You could

# also use the %u option to tailor it by user name.

# The %m gets replaced with the machine name that is connecting.


; comment = PC Directories

; path = /usr/pc/%m

; public = no

; writable = yes


# A publicly accessible directory, read/write to all users. Note that all files

# created in the directory by users will be owned by the default user, so

# any user with access can delete any other user's files. Obviously this

# directory must be writable by the default user. Another user could of course

# be specified, in which case all files would be owned by that user instead.


; path = /usr/somewhere/else/public

; public = yes

; only guest = yes

; writable = yes

; printable = no


# The following two entries demonstrate how to share a directory so that two

# users can place files there that will be owned by the specific users. In this

# setup, the directory should be writable by both users and should have the

# sticky bit set on it to prevent abuse. Obviously this could be extended to

# as many users as required.


; comment = Mary's and Fred's stuff

; path = /usr/somewhere/shared

; valid users = mary fred

; public = no

; writable = yes

; printable = no

; create mask = 0765




path = /home/linux

writeable = yes

guest ok = yes




I hope this will help people out.



:D:D:D JoeW

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