Samba to Win 98 inet- one critical step missing
Posted on 2003-03-03
I am fairly new to Linux, but have been successful at most of my configuration work.
Here is a challenge that SHOULD be easy for me to fix, but there is a critical (but probably easy) step I must be missing in the configuration. I welcome help.
I have a dual-boot 2-drive PC box with Linux on one and and XP on the other drive. The Linux system is the Mandrake 9.0 distro, and I use KDE. I also have a Win98 laptop, which I have successfully connected to Linux on the desktop via Samba. My only reason for networking is file sharing and inet sharing through the Win98. I use an ISP that does not service Linux, and don't want to change it. So, for my mini-network purposes, the Win98 is functioning as the network server, with a Linux-Samba client.
For file sharing, the Linux boot sequence successfully mounts a shared folder I identified on the Win98 machine. All works fine in file sharing. I never need to access Linux through the laptop, so I didn't go through the hassle of dealing with encrypted passwords in Win98 and such. Most of the setup was done through the Mandrake Control Center, although I did do some work directly the smb.conf file through SWAT.
The problem is the LAN inet connection. I (attempted to)configure the inet connection in Linux to be available over the LAN, so I would have live inet in Linux whenever the Win98 machine had a live dial-up connection. The Mandrake Control Center provides a great GUI to get everything set up for inet sharing over a LAN and a simple button to activate the inet connection whenever it's wanted. But, when the Win machine has a live dial-up connection, the connection is never established in Linux. Whenever I choose the "connect" option in the Mandrake CC, the handy network monitoring window pops up and indicates that data is moving both directions, and the text at the bottom of the window shows the progression of the inet connection sequence.
But the connection is never established. The message at the bottom of the network monitoring box is something like "connection failed, check configuration in Mandrake Control Center." I have checked numerous times to see if the correct IP addresses are entered for the configuration in Linux. The problem may well be in Win98, but I can't tell. What are the configuration steps in Win98 to allow inet sharing over a LAN? I need an exhaustive checklist for both sides of the Win-Linux connection and advice as to how to get this to work.