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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:45 am    Post subject: Connecting Wirelessly With Mac/Vista/XP Reply with quote

Ok the current setup is i have 3 laptops - 2 vista and 1 xp and a G5 Imac (soon my mini mac will be arriving, but that can wait).

I've set up all my internet connection on all comps, all is working fine. But in terms of file sharing, that is where the problem lies with me right now.

So far I want to share my external drive on my vista laptop. I've managed to set it up quite successfully with my other laptops, all being able to view and access the drive without much problems. I've set up all computers to the same workgroup as well, including the imac.

But with the Imac G5, I am only able to hook it up to the internet. I cant seem to find the function to view other folders in it. I've tried connecting it via smb:\\ip. Still does not work, or maybe i am doing it wrong?

Can someone please guide me into what to do as I am quite lost, and i am a apple newbie who just did the switch about 2 weeks ago and I intend to change all my laptops to mac osx very soon. Any help is appreciated.

btw, i have also gone through this forum heaps of time, just not sure what i am looking for exactly.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In system Preferences / Sharing have you enabled Personal File sharing & Windows File Sharing ?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, it was off before now i turned it on. But still could not connect to server apparently. I typed in smb://ip. Is it wrong? is there a way instead of looking for ip? as in view workgroup computers like windows?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the Mac, click on Finder and then NETWORK.
Your network machines should show up in the list. Click on computer name and then click on the CONNECT button, a pop up box should show up allowing you to log into the computer.





The remote machine will then be mounted.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for some reason, I do not have the network icon on my finder. I only have the HDD, as well as administrator, music video etc. How am i able to obtain that network icon? I've tried clicking on the network icon in system preference, but that does not allow me do much in terms of viewing files from my network computers.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can find he network icon in "Finder->preferences->Sidebar"

You can also access it with the main top finder menu "Go->Connect to server"

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've got the sidebar, but it has no network icon on it. How would i go about obtaining it?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jb wrote:
You can find he network icon in "Finder->preferences->Sidebar"


start FINDER and go into PREFERENCES
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think you can enable a network button in the finder sidebar on leopard.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, i have enabled the network icon on the side bar. I am not using leopard now. I see a list of files here now, but still unable to see any comps i have on the server.

How am i able to diagnose the problem? I've waited for awhile hoping it shows up, but still not sucessful. Am i missing something here?

EDIT: I am unable to find the connect button as listed above. There's just server, library, linksys and something else, but nothing shows up in those folders.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had that happen on one of my PCs, yet all the others show up straight away. On the one that's troublesome I do it in reverse and connect from the PC to the MAC. Once I've done that, it usually shows up in the network list.

Using Network Neighbourhood can you see the Mac from the PC ?

Also turn off any windows Firewalls whilst you get things working it could be the firewall blocking things

Do you have the MAC in the same workgroup as the PC?

Ben_Tex wrote:

Setting a windows workgroup.

Leopard:

System Preferences > Network > Select Airport or Ethernet > Advanced > WINS > Workgroup.

Tiger:

Applications > Utilities > Directory Access

Unlock the lock, double click SMB/CIS on the list, and enter you new workgroup.

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