How to connect to a Windows 7 netbook from an Ubuntu 12.04 desktop

Asked by HenryGR on 2012-06-11

Since I upgrase to Ubuntu 12.04, I have lost my connection to my Netbook running Windows 7 Starter from my Desktop (running Ubuntu 12.04).
Initially and also at previous versions, (10.10, 11.04 and 11.10) I was able to access my Netbook by using Network on Nautilus. Right now, every time I access Network, it shows the Windows Network icon, then the Working Group an nothing else; when I double click on the group icon, and after a minute or so, I get an error message: Unable to Mount Location.
On an attempt to find a solution, I've installed Samba, un-installed, installed Samba4, un-installed.
Any suggestion?

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You don't need samba4, samba is all you need to be able to have the system files accessible over the LAN.

Can you ping between the systems? BTW, please don't ambiguate 'connecting' with 'file sharing'. If you setup a mail server or a font server, there will need to be a connection. It's much clearer if you actually say what you are 'connecting' for. Thankfully the question gives enough detail to clarify.

HenryGR (henrygr) said : #2

@actionparsnip: Actually, I know that I do not need Samba, I am not hosting anything, but as far as the connection from Nautilus makes use of the smb protocol, my intention was to load all smb libraries... "just in case".
As for your question, yes, I can ping between the systems.
Please accept my apologies for the ambiguity, effectively, I want to achieve a file transfer, but I cannot do so, as far as I cannot access the remote system from Nautilus, not even 'see' the computer on the network.

If you run:


Do you see the Windows shares?

Obviously share folders in WIndows and set any firewall to allow the data both ways.

HenryGR (henrygr) said : #4

Currently, after uninstalling Samba, smbtree command shows nothing and, which is worst, I can not even see the workgroup on Nautilus, an error pops up: Could not display "network:///". Nautilus cannot handle "network" locations.
Sure I missed something :-(


sudo apt-get --reinstall install smbclient nautilus

If you press ALT+F2 and type:


replace hostname with the remote system name. Do you see the shares?

HenryGR (henrygr) said : #6

After reinstalling both, smbclient and smbclient-raw0, I still cannot view the network through Nautilus.
After the attemp to see the remote computer trough the HUD, an error pops: Could not display "smb://henry-netbook/". Nautilus cannot handle "smb" locations.

If you install pcmanfm, can you access it from that?

HenryGR (henrygr) said : #8

Went to Network and:
DBus error org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.

Does the system have a firewall enabled?

HenryGR (henrygr) said : #10

Nope, no firewall (yet).

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