files sharing SOLVED
haniganwork at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 6 13:37:56 UTC 2009
> I've finally unraveled the mystery. Having already transfered files
> between the xp/ubuntu and vista/ubuntu machine, whereupon I upgraded
> the former to Intrepid, I assumed the problem was with Intrepid; shame
> on me, it turned out.
> I finally decided to check if I could transfer files using XP and
> Vista. The XP machine could not see the Vista machine, while the
> Vista could see the XP but not open any folders/transfer to/from the
> XP. I checked and somehow the two machines did not share a workgroup
> name anymore, and changed that. Still nothing. Then I checked to see
> what else vista needed and it needed the network to be set to private
> vs. public. Somehow that had been changed as well. Now I can
> transfer files between both machines using either operating system.
> And here I was blaming Ubuntu when it was innocent all along.
> However, Intrepid can not see the Vista machine when Firestarter is
> enabled. On to the next mystery!
Vista is a real pain for networking. I have found that it is easier to
get it to connect to samba shares when you enter the ip address instead
of the machine name. Also a heads up on vista and mounted shares. If you
log onto a samba share with vista and it is inactive for a while Vista
will disconnect and the only way to reconnect to the share is to reboot
the computer. Looking on line for a solution Vistas problem staying
connected to network drives seems to be universal for all versions of
Vista and it doesn't matter who it is sharing with. I finally solved
this by installing network drive manager from Suncross which keeps the
connections active. There is a reason businesses are not putting Vista
machines on their networks. It is a huge headache!
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