Accessing Windows Shared Folders

Lynn Ziegler yadaoser at
Mon Jun 30 00:30:35 UTC 2008

Actually,everything worked fine in 7.10 but stopped working with 8.04! The
problem with the fixed IP idea is that my service provider provides the DNS
server address as well and (unfortunately) changes it on occasion so I would
like all my machines to automatically get IP addresses and DNS addresses.
(There is no option on windows that I can find that lets you get the DNS
address and keep a fixed IP address. If there is, I would like to know it as
I would much prefer fixed IP addresses.)


On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM, John Toliver <john.toliver at>

> On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 12:06, Lynn Ziegler <yadaoser at> wrote:
> >
> > One more thing to add to the confusion. I can use Nautilus and add shares
> or printers,  BUT I HAVE TO USE THE IP ADDRESS. If I use the Windows name it
> does not work. It >seems like >Nautilus (or SMB) can no longer find the PC's
> under their own name.
> JT:
> I don't quite remember how I fixed this problem.  I want to say it got
> fixed in Hardy but I think you mentioned earlier you also have Hardy
> so never mind.
> Short answer is windows has some way of electing for one computer to
> be responsible for updating a file called "LMhosts".  The file keeps
> records of the computer names and IP's of all the machines on the
> network.  Maybe someone else could explain that better than I did.
> Linux doesn't handle it this way, it normally uses DNS.  It's been
> suggested to setup a DNS server for your internal network but I think
> it's overkill for two or three machines.
> Here is how I worked it out.  Go to:
> 1. system>administration>networking
> 2. Set manual IP's for the machines in your network and then configure
> DHCP to give out IP's in a range above the ones you've set OR figure
> out how to have your router reserve a specific IP for the MAC
> addresses of the NICS for these PC's you want to access.
> (Some way to make sure the PC's you need to talk to always get the
> same IP's without interfering with the rest of the network
> functioning.)
> 3. Select the hosts tab and manually add the ip's of the machines on
> your network.
> You'll find that once you give the computer name and the ip address,
> pinging by computer name then works.
> Aggravating I know but I can't program yet so I can't fix it myself
> for the time being :-)
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