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Old Oct 28, 2012, 06:43 AM   #1
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Shared PC folders on Mac - not working.

Hi all, my first post on here.

I am simply trying to set up a shared folder on my Windows PC, so it can be seen/used on my MacBook Pro. Easy right? The odd thing is, it previously worked - sometimes, and I was able to drag files into and out of it. Then a while ago it stopped working for good.

I've tried absolutely everything I can find, and it does not work. At all. And I mean, at all. Seriously. I've tried everything I can find on the web, followed every piece of advice. Nothing. Nada.

PC: Windows XP SP3, P4 3.6gHz, 2GB RAM.

MacBook Pro: OSX 10.6.8, 2.2gHz i7, 8GB RAM.

Cisco X3000 router.

The PC is connected to the router via ethernet cable.

The MBP is connected to the router wirelessly.

PC and MBP are getting internet connection fine, without problem.

I've created shared folders on the PC. I've created a workgroup. I've run the 'network connection wizard' about a hundred times. I've matched the workgroup name on the MBP WINS option in networking. I've tried 'connect to server' on the MBP, using both the PC name and its IP address. I've browsed - and seen nothing - in 'connect to server'. I've restarted both machines multiple times. I've created a password on the PC as I read that it only works if a password is set (not that I ever get that far on the MBP).

No shared folders or PC show up on the 'places' pane on the MBP. 'Connect to server' always results in 'The server… may not exist or it is unavailable at this time…'.

I've seriously run out of ideas, except maybe hiring a Peruvian shaman to come a wave a rat over my computers in some kind of network-enabling ritual.

I know I'm a weird freak for having both a PC and a Mac, but if anyone can help me, I'd be most grateful. And please, don't link a how-to from the web - I've already tried it.


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