Filesharing b/w xp and osx

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by aeclasik, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2008
    I'm sure this has been asked over and over and I've looked through everything to try to solve this problem but nothing's really helping. Anyways, I'm trying to connect my mbp 10.5.6 to my windows xp machine, but it only seems to be going one way (I can see my mac shared folder on my xp).

    So far this is what I've done:

    - System preferences > sharing > checked "file sharing" > options > turned on "share files and folders using smb" and selected the correct account.
    - Made sure both Xp and Mac are on same workgroups currently named "workgroup"
    - Shared a folder on Xp called "hello"
    - My current netbios name for mac is "evran.local" which I can connect to in windows going \\evran.local & everything seems to work smootly.

    I tried "connect to server" on the mac, typed in smb:// and then another window pops up asking for username/pw. Now I wasnt entirely sure what to use for username, but I've tried homepc(netbios name) & evranpc (the user account)

    Now the problem is, when I try to connect onto my windows machine it says "connection failed, you are not allowed to access this server". I'm assuming it has to do something w/ the permissions on the folder, which I cannot seem to access at all. I tried folder > right click > properties, I've looked online and everywhere it says there should be a "security" tab, which I dont seem to have. I went into to my computer > manage > shared folders > shares > hello and when i right clicked it all i got was refresh and help, there was nothing else.

    Anyways, I'm really hoping someone can help me with this as I am totally confused as to what is going on. Thx.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    Are you using a firewall on you XP machine? If so you most likely need to add your network ip range into a trusted zone.

    The username and password being asked for is any username and password of a user account on your XP machine that has permission to access your shared folder. ie Your administrator account for one.

    The Security tab is in Windows XP Pro. To access it in Windows XP Home you need to boot into safe mode.

    If you are using XP Pro and cannot see the security tab then...
    The shared folder is not encrypted, right? That could block file sharing.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2008
    Thanks for the reply, but I had made sure the firewall was off beforehand. As for the user account, the one I was trying with was an admin account. Also what you had mentioned about the security tab worked and when I checked it, everything was full control as it should be since I was using an admin account to view the folder. As for the encryption, I'm quite sure it's not, first off I'm not tech-y enough to know how to encrypt folders (lol), but either way, I just made a new folder to test out if I could at least view it, but no dice. :(

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