Nautilus: Slow Network or network does not work

Problem: You click Network → Places and than on Windows-Network and on your Workgroup. Now you are waiting and nothing happens, so you do not find shares from other hosts. Maybe you get an error, that the mounting failed.

Fire up your bash and type smbtree which will likely display something like this:

guru@guru-desktop:~$ smbtree
Enter guru's password:
WORKGROUP
	\\XPMT
cli_start_connection: failed to connect to XPMT<20> (0.0.0.0). Error NT_STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL
	\\GURU-DESKTOP   		guru-desktop server (Samba, Ubuntu)
		\\GURU-DESKTOP\share
		\\GURU-DESKTOP\Epson-Stylus-Photo-RX600	Epson Stylus Photo RX600
		\\GURU-DESKTOP\IPC$           	IPC Service (guru-desktop server (Samba, Ubuntu))
		\\GURU-DESKTOP\print$         	Printer Drivers

If you get this error (cli_start_connection: failed to connect to XPMT<20> (0.0.0.0). Error NT_STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL) edit /etc/samba/smb.conf (as root) and change the following line

; name resolve order = lmhosts host wins bcast

into this (delete semicolon and move host to the end)

name resolve order = lmhosts wins bcast host

Now restart your PC (restarting samba and killing nautlius does not work).

Source: Bugs #389909 and #469548 (Duplicate)

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8 Responses to “Nautilus: Slow Network or network does not work”


  1. 1 Jesus Ballesteros July 27, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Hello, thanks for you post, you saved my life :). I’ll “copy” your post because I haven’t found anything like this in Spanish..

    I hope you don’t get angry, if you don’t like you can send me an email and I’ll delete the post immediately. Take care :D

  2. 2 Damian September 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks a lot! Your post saved me a lot of trouble.

  3. 3 Paul Burton January 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve been asking around everywhere to try and get this sorted!
    Just so you know, this bug exists in linux Mint, and the fix works fine there too :D

    Thanks again!

  4. 4 Babylon_n_ting June 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the post. I’ve spent days searching the internet looking for this solution. I can now at long last access Windows 7 shares from Linux Mint. yippeee

  5. 5 Piero September 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Looks like it works, thank you!

  6. 6 Gruntfish September 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you! I was about to give up after I got past the error:

    Server requested LANMAN password (share-level security) but ‘client lanman auth’ is disabled

    I solved that thanks to this post: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1422857

  7. 7 ggresak February 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Thank you very much!
    Maybe you should add this to your post to be complete since it’s an other very common samba problem: On some Ubuntu versions there’s a problem with the host resolve order. Make sure the host is on the last place on this line in smb.conf:
    name resolve order = lmhosts wins bcast host
    In the default smb.conf this line is comented. Don’t forget to uncoment it.

  8. 8 niaxilin August 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks for the easy fix! Although I didn’t see the NT_STATUS_BAD_NETWORK_NAME error until I ran ‘smbtree -d3′ to show debug information. Without the -d3 option, I just saw the computer \\FINANCE without a single share. I thought it was the firewall. Turns out the computer happened to have the same as a subnet on our DNS search prefix. Oops! Changing the lookup order fixed it.


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