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    Default Connect to server - not working

    Hi guys,

    Hopefully someone can help me with this. Normally when I want to transfer files between my macs I use "Connect to server" in the Finder menu also known as +K. At this stage it would ask for my user name and password for the other computer and then connect. Once we get to the part where is should just accept my details and connect I get the following error message.

    System extension cannot be used
    The system extension "/System/Library/Filesystems/
    AppleShare/afpfs.kext" was installed improperly and
    cannot be used. Please try reinstalling it, or contact
    the product's vendor for an update.



    I'm not sure what particular recent events would have caused this to all of a sudden stop working. As far as I can remember I haven't installed anything since it stopped working. I had a bit of a search for it on Google but it wasn't very helpful. I've used this on two other macs and it works connecting to the one causing problems so I'm not sure why it would be having trouble mounting!?

    If anyone can help that would be great.

    Thanks,
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    The only problem I have had connecting my Macs in this way was resolved inthe preferences under sharing. Have you had a look there at all?

    Also, that beige coloured text box you posted. How did you do that?
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    What happens if you should shut it down, then startup (not restart) with your shift key down - to boot into Safe Mode - which should naturally turn all Extensions "off" - and then hit + K ?

    cw

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    Sharing preferences are still the same as when it was working



    And I use UNO to get the box like that
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockWork View Post
    What happens if you should shut it down, then startup (not restart) with your shift key down - to boot into Safe Mode - which should naturally turn all Extensions "off" - and then hit + K ?

    cw
    Well the error message didn't appear. Instead it told me that it could not connect to the server, even though it had already asked for the user name and password as well as which volume to mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mini_Matt View Post
    Well the error message didn't appear. Instead it told me that it could not connect to the server, even though it had already asked for the user name and password as well as which volume to mount.
    Is your "file sharing" box ticked in preferences under "sharing", I sometimes find when I restart that it resets for some reason and I have to go back in and tick it again.
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    It's all good now. Run a "repair disk permissions" and that cleared out all the ghosts

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    well... obviously... it's a corrupt kext in the AppleShare Extension - though I'm not entirely certain on how to remove it - nor even if one should remove it. Actually - I think it'd be a rather bad idea to remove it.

    Repair / Verify Permissions?

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    This one might require a repair permissions voodoo. "Installed improperly" might mean that something has messed with things it shouldn't.

    If that fails, install the latest combo Mac OS X update and try again.
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    Angry Same AFPFS.KEXT problem! :(

    I don't know what triggered the problem but the same message is coming up for me too.

    System extension cannot be used
    The system extension "/System/Library/Filesystems/
    AppleShare/afpfs.kext" was installed improperly and
    cannot be used. Please try reinstalling it, or contact
    the product's vendor for an update.

    I was initially puzzled as I thought it was an Apple extension - so where on earth would I get it from?

    I'm not sure why, but I thought it maybe a permissions thing and I used disk utility to repair them and then I restarted.

    IT WORKED!!!!!!

    I was so happy but after I restarted again later, the same error came up again.

    Repairing disk permissions again worked but after a subsequent restart, failed again.

    And I kept going around in circles when I decided enough was enough! I installed Leopard again as an archive and install leaving a 'previous system folder' on my disk and I chose to keep settings from the old system. (I had assumed that the AFPFS.KEXT was an Apple thing and wouldn't have been something copied from the previous system but installed afresh!).
    I used my install disks that came with the Mac (10.5.1 apparently) and I then used a 10.5.4 combi update. (I have a MacBook and my wife has my old MDD Power Mac G4 so I always choose the Combi download)

    IT WORKED!!!!!!

    But after another restart, the error was back again!!!

    Why, I don't know

    It all started after I got my Lacie Big Disk network drive. I set shares up on it and in my sidebar, it has the network drive listed 3 times -
    networkhd
    NetworkHD AFP
    NetworkHD SMB

    (Yep - the titles are capitalised as they appear for me)

    I have 4 shares in total for use by various users and friends who use PC laptops too - 3 shares are Mac and PC enabled and the 4th is just for the Mac.

    Everything worked beautifully at first and I added the disks to my login items but when restarting, it would mount the shares but also open the contents in a finder window which I thought looked a little messy so I looked and found AutomountMaker which I used to create auto mount scripts and added these to my log-in items instead. These simply mounted the disks but didn't clutter my tidy screen.

    When the problems started, I instantly uninstalled the app and removed the scripts from my login items.

    Now, I can connect and mount the shares from networkhd and NetworkHD SMB but it only shows me the 3 Mac and PC ones - not the Mac only share I created.

    It lets me connect to the NetworkHD AFP and it shows me the available shares (all 4 of them) but when I click on them, it tells me that the 'original item cannot be found'.
    Also, I can't connect to any of the Macs on my network either - by CMD+K using IP addresses neither.

    I don't have a whole lot of hair and I can't afford to loose more!

    I am at a loss as to why this is happening in the first place - but also why it's continuing to happen after a permission repair fixes the problem.

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    Craggles,
    As Clockwork suggested above, try a safe boot, startup with the shift key held down.
    Then restart again normally.
    There is a kextcache file that is system generated that could be corrupted. From memory a safe boot rebuilds this fella. - This might be the problem.
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    Default Still no joy

    I've booted in safe mode, repaired permisions, restarted, all good. Restarted again, however, and the problem persists.

    I've tried umpteen combinations of booting, safe mode, and permission repairs and it only works for the next boot.

    Any further re-starts result in the extension not loading and needing re-installing etc.

    So - are there any other ideas?

    ...please?

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    Unhappy Automated Permission Repair?

    Failing that, perhaps there's a way to automate a disc permission repair to run on the startup disc?

    Or am I just trying to find shortcuts to something that only takes 2 mins to set up manually at the start of each boot up?

    Although having something that just works the way its supposed to would also be a good thing!!!!

    I don't understand how this problem can persist after reinstalling the system software! Yes, I did choose to keep the user settings and apps - but the AFP sharing extension is surely an Apple extension and not a 3rd party add-on as it's the framework for mac networking - so this should have been part of the system that got re-installed afresh!

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    Angry

    Ack!!! What joy - now the problem is occurring EVERY reboot and I'm repairing permissions every boot.

    What on earth am I doing wrong?!
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    I have a plan!

    I've reinstalled everything on a new disc several weeks ago and it took some time to install all the apps. :S
    It was a half hearted attempt as I chose to copy over my mail folder directly from my other disk and a couple more settings.

    Because of this 'afpfs.kext' problem I'd reinstalled my system a few days ago but chose the 'archive and Install' and kept all my user settings.

    If there's a problem in my afpfs.kext file and it counts as a user setting, then my bad version would overwrite the clean one installed from my system discs. I've deleted the file (the whole folder as well as it happens) and I'm going to go for another achieve and install - and keep my settings and hopefully, the fact that there's not one in my current system will mean it will keep the good one installed from my system disc. Is that good logic or have I completely missed the point?

    A long shot? Maybe.

    But I'm starting to loose patience! The next step would be a full re-install again so I'm going to try some easy stuff first.

    Cover me - I'm going in!!

    If I don't say anything else for a while, it means I'm stuck installing everything for the next few days after the achieve and install failed.
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    I have a 2nd gen imac and when i turned it on today, all I get is a black screen and "Localhost:/ root#" Can any body tell me what has happened?: eek: Thanks

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    Angry Come on - give me a break!!!

    I have successfully archived and installed again and brought over my user accounts and settings.

    I've purposely deleted the who 'Filesystems' folder from my 'previous' system so it'll need to use the new installed versions in the 'Filesystems'.

    Well, guess what?

    It's STILL BROKEN!!!!!!!

    Am I starting to loose my cool? YES OF COURSE I AM!!

    It looks like I'll be spending a long weekend installing afresh and having to re-install all my apps again! What a drag.

    Come on guys - surely someone knows of a simple pref file that needs deleting or something?

    Help me Obi-Wan Kenobie, you're my only hope!

    I'll be the one rocking and crying in the corner...
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    Talking Re-install

    I maybe the foremost expert on re-installing by now.

    It finally worked!

    A fresh install and I didn't choose to import previous date. Instead, I used the Migration Assistant which gives a lot more options on what data is copied over from my other disc. I managed to get all my settings sorted.

    I had to re-activate Adobe CS3 and a lot of the plug-ins, but I have all that info on my drive from the last time I re-installed afresh.

    I'm now finally happy and can rest in peace - no-more haunting for me.
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