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adanedhel728

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Ok, I'm trying to make this make as much sense as possible, but sometimes it seems like a Whose-On-First type of thing.

I'm trying to share my Vista harddrives so that I can share files between it and my Ubuntu computer. I have it set to full access so that it should give full permission with a password, but usually my Ubuntu computer doesn't recognize my Vista drives at all. Sometimes it'll work, and I have moved files back and forth before, but usually when I click on my Vista computer in the Network window in Ubuntu, the drives don't even show up.

I can ping the computer through a terminal and it responds (though sometimes not perfectly), but I just can't see the drives. I can't figure out if there's anything I'm doing that prompts it to work correctly the few times that it does. I also can't figure out if the problem is Vista or Ubuntu (or both).

Is there any way to be more consistent in drive sharing?

Thanks,
Andrew
 

TerryNet

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Sharing a drive in Vista is sometimes difficult and frustrating, but it should be consistent.

When you ping the Vista is it by IP address or Computer Name? If ping by name doesn't work it may be a problem with names not working some of the time.
 

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I've been doing it by IP address. I actually didn't know you could do it by computer name.

I'm actually now thinking that the problem seems to be more likely to be in Ubuntu, but I'm still not certain, and if it is, I still would have no idea how to fix it.
 

adanedhel728

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Well, now I'm fairly certain that the problem is NOT Ubuntu, like I thought before. When I boot the Windows machine into XP, the Ubuntu machine connects without any problem. Furthermore, another XP machine on the network also can't access the internal drive when it's in Vista. I've tried connecting directly by the IP address in the file browser, but it still does the same thing.

If anybody knows how to fix it, it would be greatly appreciated because I'm getting pretty desperate and I really need to get this working.
 

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Actually, the issue may well be SAMBA's compatibility with Vista.

What is the version of Ubuntu and the version of SAMBA running on it?
 

TerryNet

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If you want my guess I'd say a non-Windows firewall (security suite) on the Vista.

Have you tried ping by name from the Ubuntu and the XP to the Vista yet?
 

adanedhel728

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Well, I think I found the problem... and it turns out to be a PEBKAC issue... I figured it out thanks to you, Terry, noting that it could be a name issue. I had stupidly given both of the computers the same name without realizing that that could cause a network conflict. :p It was working in XP because XP had a different name. If the problem comes back I'll post again, but I'm pretty sure that's probably fixed it.

Good thing I don't do this for a living, lol. :D
 

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Same name is definitely a problem. With 2 Windows machines you'd get a "duplicate name" error; there must be less communication between Ubuntu and Windows since you got no such error message. Glad you found it. :)
 
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