Filesharing between Leopard and XP doesn't work

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by pcwiz, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. macrumors member


    I have a network of 3 computers, a Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, and a PC running Windows XP SP3. I had networking working perfectly between the computers until I reinstalled Windows on the PC. Now, my 2 macs do not seem to see the PC on the network.

    The 2 Macs see each other perfectly, file/screen sharing works alright and everything is OK. However neither of the 2 macs seem to recognize the PC. I have ran the network setup assistant on the Windows PC, set the workgroup names up correctly between all the computers, enabled file/printer sharing on XP, added the IPs of the 2 macs to the trusted zone on the ZoneAlarm firewall that the PC is running, etc. etc. Nothing I do seems to make it work, and I've tried everything I can think of.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

  2. macrumors 603


    Have you shared some of the folders on the Windows PC?
  3. macrumors member

    Yup, I have several folders shared on the PC. Also, I set up a VNC server on the PC and used Leopard screen sharing to connect to it, and it works fine. I don't get why file/printer sharing doesn't work.

    Gonna try and install Bonjour on the PC to see if it makes a difference
  4. macrumors 603


    Did you try connecting via IP address? Go to Finder->Go->Connect to Server then enter smb://<ip address>/
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    Well I tried Bonjour and it didn't make any difference. And yeah I tried connecting manually with smb:// and that just results in the usual connection failed error.

    This was all working fine before I reinstalled Windows...
  6. macrumors 603



    Try turning off the Windows firewall?
  7. macrumors member

    The Windows firewall is off, I have a 3rd party firewall (ZoneAlarm) running, but the home network IP range as set as trusted. Also connecting to the PC's VNC server from the Mac works fine, so I don't think it could be a connection issue...

    EDIT: Made SOME progress, enabled SMB sharing on my MBP and now the PC sees the macbook, but the macbook still doesn't see the PC. :O

    EDIT2: Even though the PC sees the macbook it won't connect, says that the network path is not accessible
  8. macrumors regular

    Use cifs

    Connect to pc from mac go / connect to server

    Then change afp://


  9. macrumors member

    I tried CIFS but it didn't work. Made some more progress though, by coincidence yesterday my ISP's tech came in yesterday and took out all the old modem equipment and stuff and replaced it with all new components.

    Now, my PC appears in the "Shared" section of Finder, but when I click on it it says Connecting... and after a few minutes, connection failed. I can feel I'm close here, any suggestions on what to do next?
  10. macrumors 68020


    Is your Mac set to the same workgroup as your PC? (under WINS in network settings)
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  12. macrumors 603


    On your Mac, open up the Keychain and delete anything that mentions your PC. It may be trying to connect with old settings/passwords.
  13. macrumors member

    Hmm there's nothing in my Keychain that has to do anything with my PC.

    I try to click the "Connect As" button in Finder to enter my username and password for the PC but clicking the button doesn't do anything
  14. macrumors 6502

    I can't be of any help I'm afraid but I just thought I'd let you know that I'm in exactly the same position. Macs see each other perfectly but will not recognise the Windows laptop. I can share files through Ftp on the laptop but that's hardly graceful. I have tried all of the steps you have tried and it just seems to refuse to work. Strangely enough it did work once without me changing any settings but stopped as soon as the computers were restarted...
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    I actually have made a little progress now, after my ISP installed a new modem/router combo the Macs will see the PC but they still won't connect. I can connect fine via VNC so I'm sure its a sharing protocol issue. I'm gonna try and mess around a bit with XP's file sharing settings to see if I can get it to work, I'll post back if I find a solution.
  16. macrumors member

    No success after hours of trying to get this to work. Whatever it is, its an issue with the filesharing protocol (SMB I think) as others like VNC work fine.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Windows Fail?

    A trick you could try is to install a SSH server on Windows XP and use a client such as FileZilla to connect via SFTP. All you need to know is the local IP address of the Windows machine.
    You can do this in the reverse as well in order to access your files on your Mac from your Windows machine.
  18. macrumors member

    Windows fail? yes. But actually as I discovered, its more of a ZONEALARM fail.

    I'm running the 3rd party Zonealarm firewall on Windows, and shutting it off cured my issues altogether. Its weird because I added my entire network IP range to the trusted category in the firewall, and it repeatedly blocks connections as I see from the logs. I have no idea why it does this, but I'm downloading an update to see if that fixes the issues

    UPDATE: Firewall update fixed it :D So for those using ZoneAlarm on a network, make sure its up to date, and more importantly, make sure the IP range of all your networked devices are in the Trusted zone.

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