Can not open or run files from MAC on PC.

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by thereviewer, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    My gf has many mac's. We are currently working on her 10.4 imac dual core and want to network it with my PC. I got it networked, got the share program which name escapes me now, and I can see the folders on her machine I want to see and can copy them from her machine to mine, and then run them from my machine, if the files are on my machine. Like...copy a mp3 from her music folder to mine, then play it in itunes.

    So that part is good, what does not work is this...

    Opening up the network and going to her machine and double clicking a Mp4 or Mp3 on the PC and having my machine open Quicktime or iTunes and playing that file. I get some odd errors and timeout issues. Does anyone know if this is possible and what I might be doing wrong?
  2. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Macs (not MAC) comes with built in sharing, there is no need for some app for sharing. Perhaps that app is the problem.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    We do not want to just share the "public" folder, but want to share the other drives that are connected to the mac. Like an external drive she has. I could not see any of the other folders before I added the share program. Now I can select whatever drives/folders I want to share from the mac...but again can only copy to my machine (PC) can not run from the mac networked folders.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2004
    Sounds like you're on Leopard, which I have little experience with. It is totally possible to share without a 3rd-party application. In the pre-Leopard days you could either just enable windows sharing or, for more control, use Sharepoints to share specific folders, etc... I think in Leopard, however, this kind of functinality is built-in. Check the sharing panel--you probably have to add folders to share and assign users/privs--or wait for someone more Leopard-centric to reply..
  5. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Look under System Preferences. There is something call "Sharing" which is extremely unintuitive to window users who would have to dig under different part of windows to make something work.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    I know the machine is on 10.4 (which I didn't think was leopard) I checked.

    Sharepoints is the program I am using to share.

    We flagged under sharing the two flags to turn on sharing and turned on her user. The sharing for windows sharing is active. This does not allow more than just sharing the public folder however, and again, does not allow the running of files.
  7. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Yes it does, you can share out anything you want.
  8. macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Are you using XP or Vista? And which version? XP Home? XP Professional?

    You shouldn't need another program to share files between Macs and PCs...

    Though if you enable Remote Access on the Mac and note the IP address and download WinSCP on the PC that will definitely work...
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2003
    Between a rock and a midget
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    That again tells me it will connect the "home" folder. Which is fine.

    My issue is not the sharing of files anymore. I got that part. I can see any folders I want on my PC from her mac, using sharepoints. I just can't run them.

    For example, take an MP4, on her machine and look at it on my PC, double click it on my machine, will try to open up quicktime and play it but if fails and locks up. If I drag that same MP4 on to my machine and then play it from my machine it works fine. I need help with this issue.

    XP Pro.

    I am going to try a Photoshop file tonight.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2008
    opening files

    i have the exact same problem, i have turned off virus protection on the PC and it still does not work. Small files open less than 20k, but anything it is broken. I have other PC's that access the mac server 10.3.9 and are successful in opening and saving files. Copying a file times out on the network. I was working but out of the blue it stopped on two PC's but works on the other 2 PC's.

    if anyone has ideas, i would like to know them also.

    PC are running XP pro with SP2

    I am sure we are the only 2 people in the world with this issue.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Dec 27, 2003
    Portland, OR

    I don't believe PCs can properly read HFS (I think that's what Macs use) formatted drives. Macs can read FAT formatted drives (like before, but PC).

    Copying the file over arranges everything properly.

    To sum up...PCs can't interact with files on mac drives, but they can copy them. Macs have no such limitation.

    Correct? Somebody, anybody?
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2008
    PC opening file

    I have Mac Server, other PC's can do everything they need ( open close add and delete files), 2 PCS cannot do anything. It doesnt make sense that with a Server the files could not used on both PC's and Macs.

    How could apple ever get further into selling servers ( very profitable area) if a PC could not read files on those servers.
  14. macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    This is a problem in general, but over a network it is not - only if the HFS drive is connected directly to the PC.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2002
    Santiago, Chile
    Your problem, contrary to your belief, is indeed the program you are using for sharing; one thing is to be able to see the files, the other to "stream" them fast enough. That is why you can copy the files and then play them, but not play them from the Mac directly. Try to use the built in sharing as suggested; of course, at first you'll see the Home folder, but if the user has administrator privileges, you can see the whole drive with her login.

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