so I finally went back into the mac world. I get a win xp prof laptop and my mini attached to my printer and external HDs. I've been trying to setup the mini to share the drives via windows sharing, same with the printer. I've disabled the option in smb.conf for encrypted passwords, made it no. I've done the same in windows xp so that it sends clear text passwords. I've edited the cupsd.conf to allow for hosts on my priv ip range. when it comes down to it, I keep it getting NT_STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE I confirmed this with trying to mount my os x shares from within os x with smcbclient.