I tried sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools in my terminal - no difference.
I removed and installed gnome-system-tools from software manager - no difference.
I believe samba is running because I can stop and start the services. I just don't have a means as before to share folders from the gui.
I'm getting frustrated with LMDE. I appreciate the work that went into it. It takes great talent but from an end user. Here are the problems I am facing:
Wine cannot be installed from the repository after a fresh install. I've tried a number of suggestions - no go.
My printer required a manual driver install and a series of commands to get it to work via usb.
From a fresh install my sound did not work in Firefox/flash.
SAMBA which worked great in the past is giving me lots of problems now.
I'm having difficulty switching from mate to cinnamon. It just doesn't work.
I've been using LMDE since the beginning.