New to Ubuntu and really struggling with this. I want to connect to my old windows XP PC on our home network. Searching for solutions gets complicated as at one level you are told use
Connect to Server. I set to Windows Share, type in server IP address..
... I get "Failed to retrieve share list from server"
Demo on Youtube worked with no problem.
Other advice in ask Ubuntu is you need to install samba. Did that but nothing seems to happen when I try and run it other than it asking for admin password. (How do you tell what is running on Ubuntu?)
So I try the other direction Windows XP to Ubuntu. I made the Ubuntu directory within home frank shared and tried various combination such as \ipaddress\home\frank but just "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another." My entire data only drive is shared in Windows and no problems accessing that from other Win XP boxes on our network
There are no alerts in Windows firewall, Ubuntu Firestarter did block but changed that to allowed... or so I thought.
In firestarter I had set up Inbound traffic policy 192.168.1.1/24. And since then it has added the ip address of the win pc twice.
So, I am in a state of confusion not knowing where to turn next so thought Ask Ubuntu :)