Okay this has been driving me nuts this week. I have a small home network set up. The central machine is an older HP media center PC which acts as a central media server to my PS3. Everything runs through an SMC Barricade router and there is a WRT-54G that acts as a wireless access point for the wireless gear. The media server can be accessed by the PS3 and I can remote into it with no problem but I can't access it via Samba from the laptops (running Linux) and every time I try to view workgroup computers on the media server it returns an error saying the work group is not accesible, contact the network administrator, blah blah blah. I AM the administrator and have a reasonable grasp of home networking but this has me stumped. I've tried all the regular stuff already. Shutting off XP firewall, disabling netshield in the virus scanner, checking ports are open, checking that the work group name hasn't been changed, Netbios is enabled, resetting the router, etc., etc., etc.
I can ping the media server from other PC's with no issue, I just can't access network shares via Samba. It has always worked in the past but about a week, maybe two, ago I start having issues. I wonder if it was an XP update of some sort but I should be able to remedy it with some of the steps taken so far.
I know plenty of you guys are network admins so your knowledge is going to be a lot better than mine. I'd appreciate any thoughts or ideas. I'm stumped.
Well, you definitely sound like you know what you're doing. I'm not much help, because I haven't used Samba.
I know an XP update about two weeks ago kind of messed up a laptop I have running some software that uses an obscure port range.