Said I’d be back soon. Not reporting on Xandros though, this time its Windows.
Scanner’s gone the way of all things eventually and died. Well not quite dead, more sort of terminally ill, and no use what so ever, so I put it out of my misery and bought a new Epson 2400.
Nice, shiny, and, Linux compatable.
Hooked up through a nice shiny new USB switch to share on the network, future proofed to USB2, everything taken care of… I thought.
Still got the thing to set up in Linux, but on the plus side Xandros has found it and knows exactly what it is, SuSE, well I don’t think so yet.
But Mr Gates wonderful Windows, another story altogether….
Loaded disc, autoplay, starts installation, hang…..
Task manger, kill installer, restart installation…..
Goes a bit further this time, and pop up next stage of first installation.
Task manger, kill installers, reboot.
Reboots, no network?
Now 2 problems, no network, half installed scanner. Decide to sort scanner first.
Uninstall everything scanner related, reboot (still no network, odd) copy cd to Temp drive, reinstall > Hangs….
Unistall all scanner related, then install from drive by going to each installer on its own and going from there.
Success, it appears, installers still looked a bit dodgy during job, but everything seems to work.
Now to network…
Can’t see any network, check all settings, all OK, check Server… Hmm Samba service not running…. Oh, restart Samba.
Still no network. Is it anything to do with Windows only being on one box. Check from all Linux, they can see each other OK. All as Samba mounts.
Now tried shouting at Windows, and poking at every setting I can think of….
Everything is correct. Right workgroup, right ID, right address,
EVERYTHING IS CORRECT BUT NO NETWORK…
2 hours of shouting, kicking, changing, checking and rebooting….
Pop, unchecked enable Window firewall, not for the first time either, and I’ve got a network again.