is it possible to connect a PC to Mac via USB?

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    teabgs

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    Anyone know how....?

    Cause I wanna swap files (more get then give) with my roomate. I think he has windoze 98....and he has USB which is the only thign that could connect the two as he doesnt have firewire.

    thanks!
     
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    edesignuk

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    Can you not just use ethernet with a cross over cable between the pc and your mac?
     
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    teabgs

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    *bows head* um....oh yeah.....I guess I could do that too....hehe


    What do I have to do to recognize it? would it just be file sharing? What do I have to do on the PC side?


    gracias
     
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    edesignuk

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    I think all you'd need to do is set them up on the same subnet, e.g.

    On the PC:
    IP: 192.168.0.10
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1

    On the Mac:
    IP: 192.168.0.11
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1

    Setup a share on the folder on the PC, then on the Mac just go Finder > Go > Connect to Server, then enter the address:

    smb://workgroup;username:password@pcipaddress/sharename

    E.g.

    smb://temp;admin:apple@192.168.0.10/shared

    Good luck! :)
     
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    LimeiBook86

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    There is a program called PC2Mac (I think) that has a special USB cable that lets you transfer files from a PC to a Mac.
     
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    scem0

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    with ethernet, all I had to do was hook them together via ethernet
    and then on the mac (running 10.2 - pc running windoze XP) click
    connect to server, and then it was somewhere in that menu. I
    hope that helps
     
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    If you're using Ethernet, of course, u could always use a hub or a switch to connect the two.
     
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    MacBandit

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    Why use a hub when all you need is a crossover cable.
     
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    mmmdreg

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    I got a networking Q..if I got two macs side by side and one is connected to cable internet via the ethernet port, what do I need to connect them together in a mini-LAN thing so they both have internet and can play games with each other as well?
     
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    Falleron

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    Another advantage of Ethernet is that it will be quicker.
     
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    irmongoose

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    I have a similar setup. All you need is a hub and 3 ethernet cables. Connect the line form the modem into the UPLINK on the hub. Then, connect a line from Port 1 to your first mac, and connect another line form Port 2 to your second mac. They recognize each other from the hub (so you can play games), and they both have access to the net.



    irmongoose
     
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    get a linksys 4 port roughter $100 at comp usa 75 any were else and 2 ethernet cat 5, cat5e or cat 6 about $6 bucks and your macs can shere your cable dsl or whater broadband connection and have a home netework aswell
     
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    I used that PC2MAC USB connection last year sometime and it caused a lot of problems on the Mac so I wouldn't recommend it....stick with ethernet. I have my G4 connected to a windoze machine and share huge files every day without a problem.
     

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