View Full Version : Need Help With Networking

28th October 2004, 12:42 AM
I have a massive problem here, my PC and my G4 wont network. I have designated them both static IP's, there are no IP conflicts, i can ping each computer succesfully, its just that i cant access each computers files from the other computer. Its been driving me nuts, any help?

28th October 2004, 12:52 AM
OS X 10.3.5 & WindowsXP SP2?

I assume you have windows filesharing enabled on the mac?
I did a post here somewhere that summarises it pretty well. I'll do a search. hangon.

28th October 2004, 12:53 AM
Are they both on the same subnet? i.e. 192.168.1.*

Have you got Windows Sharing on in the Sharing preferences?

Try command + k in finder and typing in smb://your.pc.ip.address/

28th October 2004, 12:56 AM
here it is:

- open System Prefs
- click 'sharing'
- tick 'windows file sharing' and 'ftp' then click apply
- go back to system prefs, then into networking
- make sure you're PC and your mac can see each other, if not assign ip's so they can.

- type the ip address of the mac into the address bar, or browse to it in 'my network places'
- authenticate in the file menu
- if this fails, use ftp://<ip address of mac>

28th October 2004, 09:49 AM
well, i had the same config (osx and xpsp2) and with my gal nagging at me, i fixed the issue.

First, lets start with user on OSX going to XP
1 - OSX have &#39;Windows Sharing&#39; turned on
2 - There are issues with looking for the XP on OSX. I find it easiest to &#39;Connect to Folder&#39; the easiest way. Click tat and type
smb://192.168.x.x/c&#036; (or d&#036; watever drive you wanna connect to) You may wish to add that to the list. (I personally do not like to have connected folders all the time as it slows things down as my laptop connects to 4 different networks.
3 - It will prompt for the pass. Just enter it with the admin user name and pass. You might need to do it twice to mount the drive.
4 - You will be able to see the icon on ur desktop. Its connected.

Next, XP to OSX
1 - Once you got &#39;Windows Sharing&#39; turned on on OSX, go to &#39;Workgroup&#39; (best by the long way Entire Network -> Microsoft Windows Network -> Workgroup (or some other domain/workgroup name))
2- You will be able to see the mac there. You should. In the event you don&#39;t, Use the "Search for Computers" function on Windows Explorer search and type the ip address in to "force" a search.
3- IF THAT STILL FAILS, and u know u can ping it, do a mount (map in windows term)
4- Open up windows Explorer -> Map Network Drive -> &#092;&#092;192.168.x.x&#092;<acc name>

OK, I do not have my pbook now, so there might be some errors in my instructions. Generally thats my approach and the rest may help correct some of the steps.

28th October 2004, 10:45 AM
I have noticed on the majority of occasions, if there is no file/directory shared on the Windows box. The machine will not show up at all. Not until you share something.


28th October 2004, 10:53 AM
But if its an XP box, by default there is a shared folder (unless its turned off)

28th October 2004, 12:52 PM
It could be.

I don&#39;t use Windows much (only to game) so I can&#39;t say if that may be the case or not.


28th October 2004, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by Jmi@Oct 28 2004, 10:53 AM
But if its an XP box, by default there is a shared folder (unless its turned off)

I don&#39;t need Windows File Sharing turned on to access Windows files on my iBook.

There is a shared &#39;My Documents&#39; folder, but like Steve I need to share a drive (eg. C:) for OS X to pick it up.

28th October 2004, 01:16 PM
Originally posted by bYrd@Oct 28 2004, 01:08 PM
There is a shared &#39;My Documents&#39; folder, but like Steve I need to share a drive (eg. C:) for OS X to pick it up.
while there are folders that are shared i still notice that at times i can not see anything on clients pcs until i activate a shared folder that wasn&#39;t shared before. ie the whole c drive or something

28th October 2004, 01:29 PM
It took me a while to get my two XP machines networking correctly. So I would imagine it is much harder to network an XP and OS X sytem.

I found this site for you http://joelshoemaker.com/computer/mac/mxpfs.html seems to have a fair bit of info on networking. I did a search on google for OSX XP networking, a few more results came up.

Hope this helps.


28th October 2004, 02:56 PM
For ppl who wish to know,
In win2k/XP, all drives have a default admin share prefix with a &#036; sign. It is always there and I have yet to gather enough courage to remove that share LOL (i do not think that is possible even though you have full "root" access)

c&#036; will always be available unless there is no drive name c
So you do not have to actually make a share

28th October 2004, 04:08 PM
I can&#39;t remember which way but either before or after the character representing your drive, ie: C:&#092; or D:&#092; or whatever, will either have a "&#036;" sign in front or after it.

This can make the share visible or invisible.

I&#39;m reaching deep into the vault here.

Pipsqeek doesn&#39;t DO Windows. :P

You will also find that with Windows, its far easier and quicker to search for the computer you want to connect to rather then wait for it to pop up in the network browser. I have found that in OS X this doesn&#39;t take as long. Either way, SMB is arse and its only there to play nice with Windoesn&#39;t


5th February 2005, 07:09 PM
I&#39;ve tried everything mentioned here to get my Pc and Mac to play nice, but they just won&#39;t&#33; The setup is:
Broadband connection into router, Mac and PC connected to router. When i try manually typing in the ip.address/c&#036; i get the error message attatched. What am i doing wrong? Thanks for your help,

5th February 2005, 08:28 PM
The only problem i have sharing files between OS X and XP is that the machines often won&#39;t show up in each others network browsers, once they do however it&#39;s advisable to make a short cut, this prevents any issues as it no longer matters whether you can see the machines in the network browser. Also the Max is accessible from the PC my name, you don&#39;t have to use the IP address. Also the only XP shares that show up on my Mac are the ones I create.

6th February 2005, 06:47 AM
Time for my 2c.
In Windows, share the folder you want to access from your Mac. e.g: C:&#092;Music. To do that, right click the folder icon and choose Sharing and Security, then a new window will pop up. Tick the box saying, "Share this folder on the network." then tick "Allow network users to change my files." Enter a name for the share in the field above, (in this example, music, is a suitable share name.)

Click OK and go on your Mac.

On the Mac, go to the Finder, and press Cmd+K. And type in smb:// (or whatever the IP of the Windows machine is). It might take a few seconds, but a window will pop up saying to authenticate yourself. If you created the share logged in as a certain user (e.g: rudiger53) type in the username and password for that account here. If you didn&#39;t enter in any username when you logged in to Windows, use the username Administrator and the password that goes with it.

Once you&#39;ve authenticated, a new window will come up askign you to choose the share you want to connect to. Choose the one you want and click connect and it will mount in the Finder ready for you to use.

6th February 2005, 08:32 PM
Thanks for your quick reply, but i still get the error messsage? The folder I am trying to connect to iis just the default "Shared Documents" folder. Any ideas what wrong??