I've never had a problem setting up file sharing with my Win7 and XP laptop. Linux and Win7 are a different matter and Samba has me scratching my head. I've marked several folders to share I've created static IP address on the Win7 and Linux boxes Not a thing is happening. I've searched on the internet for a nice small samba config file but all I find things like PDF files that are 1,000 pages long. This should be easy, why am I having a problem. All I need to do is share a folder named sharefolder located on the Linux laptop. I don't want to become a network expert, all I want is a small home file sharing situation. Does the Samba config need the same name as the Win7 work group --- which on my desktop it is WORK NETWORK. If so do I change it under global? Oh well maybe someone can give me direction toward fixing this problem.