Windows doesn't see Linux hostname on LAN

February 17, 2011 at 12:03:29
Specs: Windows 7, PCLinux, plenty
Hi,

I'm in need of a Linux network guru. I set up an instance of PCLinuxOS on my new desktop. PCL is debian-based, and I'm very impressed with it.

I set up samba in order to file share, but there are many problems. My Win7 laptop can ping PCL's IP, and also it's hostname, PCLINUX (probably due to my mapping it in the win hosts file). But Win does not see the hostname in explorer.

What's even weirder is that there have been times when Win7 has seen the PCL machine, and even shares I set up there, but will not connect to them. But usually it doesn't even see the machine.

When I had PCL on dhcp, even my router did not show PCL's hostname. I've since given it a fixed IP, so I can't tell about that now.

On the PCL side, I usually can see and work with the Windows shares, which are listed under Network/samba shares. Usually, but not always. Currently I'm getting an "unable to find..." error.

I even added "guests only = yes" to samba.conf, to no avail. So I don't think samba is the problem. I think there is a hostname issue with the PCL install. But when I type hostname in terminal, the correct entry comes up.

The two machines are on the same workgroup. Any help would be appreciated.


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February 17, 2011 at 12:12:16
I just dropped the linux firewall completely, as it was yesterday, and again I can see the windows shares from linux. But still no linux shares from windows.

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