Sep 11, 2008, 04:06 PM
Link: Get Leopard and Windows to play nice (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20080911160622)
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Approved by Mudbug
Sep 11, 2008, 06:27 PM
Many thanks for the post. Last Jan I returned an iMac after 2 weeks of frustration trying to get it on a home wireless network. Many calls to Apple, my local internet carrier and friends were not successful. I am likely to try one of the new iMac's this winter and this information will be helpful. Hope others agree with me.
Sep 11, 2008, 10:32 PM
No problems. I figured it was a useful article to post.:apple: Have you tried using the Apple support forums or Google when you have a Mac issue.
Sep 11, 2008, 10:43 PM
It's a very nice and comprehensive article, but it doesn't address any of the problems I have.
I've got two Macs, two Vista PCs and two NAS drives (Lacie Ethernet BigDisk 1TB and QNap TS-209 Pro).
On the PCs, the NAS drives show up automatically and once I've mounted them, they'll auto-mount on every startup. It's a straightforward set-and-forget type deal.
On the Macs, the NAS drives only show up under Shares in Finder if the firewall is completely disabled, which doesn't feel very reassuring. As soon as I set it to the medium setting, "allow only essential services" or whatever it's called, the NAS drives immediately disappear.
On one of the Macs, a Mini, I resorted to disabling the firewall altogether so I can at least see the shares. I use the Mini only for Front Row (it's plugged into a TV) and it needs access to all the movies and TV shows I have on the NAS drives. I've placed aliases in the Movies folder so that Front Row can find them. But since Mac won't auto-mount the shares, I've had to put them under Startup Items. This sucks because everytime I start the machine, it clutters the desktop with a pile of Finder windows that I have to close.
I've asked about this before, and usually get suggestions that involve writing some sort of script, either for closing the windows automatically (!) or for auto-mounting the shares, but the latter made them show up in Finder as IP numbers rather than their proper names.
I can't shake the feeling that there must be some "real" solution somewhere, rather than these homebuilt makeshift solutions. Mounting a couple of network shares and having them appear as local drives is a simple and basic task. Everyone and his brother has a home network with some sort of central storage, it's not like it's some new fangled voodoo practice that won't be a standard until 2025. Surely a modern operating system shouldn't require these kinds of proverbial gaffer tape fixes...
Sep 12, 2008, 02:18 AM