Glad you havent given up.Thanx
Got a response from the smbpasswd -a
Says it did it and gave me a message about finding mail at var/spool/mail/root
Dont know how to open it as it yet
testing the XP machine when it gets booted up.
Well I must have made one too many changes in the smb.cong file. cant see the samba server now!
I'll have to try and reset to default