[Samba] not seeing windows XP

Justin Allen tjc1027 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 9 05:04:40 GMT 2005

I had some similar problems with my samba setup with XP Pro machines. The 
fix that I found was to disable the computer browser service on the XP Pro 
machines to prevent them from taking over the master browser role from the 
samba server and force the samba server to be master browser through the 
smb.conf file. Also I made my samba server into a WINS server and pointed 
the XP machines to that although I am not sure if this step is required. 
More than likely the problem is that you have 2 master browsers on the 
network so if you disable the computer browser service on the other 2 
machines then that will likely fix the problem. 
Hope this helps,


On 9/7/05, Shelagh Manton <oneida at tpg.com.au> wrote:
> Hello,
> I've got two problems in my very small home network. 2 xp (pro) machines
> and me, who is the printer server on ubuntu. I've read through the samba 3
> by example and the earlier chapters of samba 3 howtos, but there are some
> things I still don't seem to be understanding. One of my big issues is
> that one of the xp computers is totally invisible to me. I can't call it
> using its name or it's (static) ip address. I have no problem with the
> other computer. I can access the shared folders, copy, make folders etc.
> We have looked through the settings of this computer and can't spot what
> might be different from the visible one. Has anyone else had this problem
> and tracked it down?
> The two windows computers can see each other, so the network seems to be
> fine on their end.
> One problem I do have is that while I am admin for my machine, I don't
> control what happens on these machines as they were saved up for and
> built by my sons. So I have to be wary of teenage territorial feelings.
> I am using the standard ubuntu samba which is "Version 3.0.14a-Ubuntu".
> One xp machine has been updated to service pack 2, but the one I can't see
> is the one who hasn't. I would have thought from my reading that it might
> be the other way around.
> The second problem is that I don't seem to be understanding the printing
> setup. (maybe 'cause I'm blonde?) Or maybe its trying to set up the
> printer to work over port:9100. for an HPlaserjet6l, or probably one of
> many different things. Oh well, I've just found another howto which may
> help me. I'll leave this till later.
> At the moment, if they want to print I have to copy from the shared folder
> and do it on my computer. If the niban wants to print, he has to copy it
> to the shared folder, then I have to copy it to my computer, you probably
> get the picture.
> Shelagh
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