[other] Anyone able to able to access Samba shares from Windows 8?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I seem to be having a problem I don't understand. I have xubuntu running on an old laptop. I loaded Samba and configured my workgroup name, turned on user security and added a share. On the xubuntu laptop I can see the network, see the workgroup, see the server and log into the share. Right now I don't have ufw enabled, but assume I should. I don't know how to set it up to allow Samba shares (ports??). On my good laptop I have Windows 8 with ZoneAlarm installed and running Trend Micro antivirus. If I open file manager and click on network, sometimes the server shows, sometimes it d (Hardware)