I have a Linux Mint 15 desktop and Windows 7 laptop that I am attempting to share files and a printer with. I have a bit of an odd problem that I can't figure out how to resolve.
I've configured the SAMBA GUI on the Mint machine and the file sharing options in the W7 Control Panel and double-checked them as best as I can. The end result is that my Mint machine can access my W7 shared folders, but the W7 computer can't even see the Mint machine, either in the network browser or when I try to add the printer that's connected to the desktop.
I can ping the LM machine's IP with no problems.
For troubleshooting purposes, I loaded up some virtual machines with bridged network adapters to try and connect to the various shares: a W7 VM, Linux Mint 15, and Windows XP.
The end result is that both Linux Mint machines, real and virtual, can see all the computers on the network, including the virtual machines. My W7 machines can only see itself and the other W7. XP can see itself and both W7 machines.
I had file & printer sharing before when the desktop was running Xubuntu 12.04 before, but now that I've changed it over to Mint I can't figure out why I can't see it.
EDIT: I think I figured it out. It looks like the host name for the Mint machine was too long (it was > 15 characters). Once renamed it to something shorter, it shows up on all my machines, even the virtual ones.