Nothing is more annoying than a small network and OS X. What am I doing wrong???? I have three Macs connected with each other via an ethernet hub. I used to have OS 9 installed on all of them and was very happy when connecting and sharing files between the machines. "Recent Servers" under the apple menu worked well. I bought a new PB 12" and switched to OS X on another of the three machines and still have OS 9 on the remaining two. When I try to connect by chosing the "Network" icon in a os x (10.3.5) window I often have to wait for ages for the other running machines to show up. Sometimes I can connect to them, but often it gives me the message "contacting ..., timeout in xx seconds" and nothing happens. It is often even faster to start up classic and go to the chooser and connect from there. I also have some other unreliable things, which I did not have when using OS 9, like connections being broken etc. One more thing is totally annoying when a machine that I was connected to crashes or is turned off without warning, I get a message that the machine was disconnected and that "cleaning up" or something similar (cant remember the exact phrasing now) will take one or two minutes. I cannot use the finder anymore and nothing happens. After four or five minutes I give up and do a restart. HELP!!!! I did not change anything on the hardware (apart from my new PB). What am I doing wrong???? Grateful for any advice!