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networking woes.. Xp to OSX

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by javex, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Hey guys...

    I am a longtime PC veteran who has recently purchased a coupla macs. I would love to network at least one of them to my PC for file and print sharing.

    I have tried everything I can think of (creating a seperate account for windows users on OSX, and changing the share properties to accept windows logons)

    On the XP machine ive shared a folder that can be acessed through the "my network places" icon on the PC.

    Ive connected the two systems with an ethernet cable that came bundled with my powerbook, and cant get one to recognize the other at all. Using the network utility in OSX, i cannot get a response when pinging the PC's IP.

    The cable works when connecting the two macs together (i simply plug em in and cmd K) I can copy files back and forth no prob.

    Ive tried using the ethernet cable that hooks one of my other PC's to a DSL modem but its the same problem.

    What have I missed here? From what I've gathered, this should be quite straightforward.


  2. macrumors newbie


    By the way, the system i want to network is a G4 933 running os 10.2.7

    The powerbook that i can network this system to without any problems is one of the new 15.2" 1 gig, running the same os


  3. macrumors 6502a



    In Finder's Menubar click Go>Connect to Server...

    Find your PC listed (should be the name of your pc on a network)

    You'll be able to connect to the shared folders this way.


    In OSX's System Preferences enable Windows File Sharing under Sharing

    In OSX's System Preferences again, under Accounts, go to Edit Account, and check the box (after entering your password) to allow logging in from Windows

    In OSX, under Applications:Utilities:Directory Access.app; highlight SMB and click Configure. This is where you choose the SMB Workgroup. Make it the same Workgroup that the PC is on.

    In XP, Go to Network Neighborhood
    On the side bar to the left click "View Workgroup Computers"
    Your Mac should be visible, double click on it
    You'll have to enter your password and user name to get into it.

    Jaguar cannot print from a Windows machine. As I understand, it's a new feature touted by Panther.
  4. Wes
    macrumors 68020


    I presume the cable that came with the mac is an ethernet patch cable. Newer macs can see there is no hub and can talk directly to each other. To network with the PC you will need a crossover, which are very cheap at your local computer shop.

    From Apple's site:

    Products that do not require a crossover cable

    Power Mac G4 (Gigabit Ethernet) and later
    Xserve and later
    Power Mac G5
    PowerBook G4 and later
    iMac (17-inch 1GHz)
    eMac (ATI Graphics)
    iBook (Dual USB) and later
    AirPort Base Station (Dual Ethernet)
    AirPort Extreme Base Station

  5. macrumors newbie

    The problem is that when i used cmd k, the PC isnt listed there! I cant even ping the PC from the Mac!

    Thanks for the info on the SMB workgroup though.. i didn't realize that needed to be set and will probally save me some headache once i can ping the computers


  6. macrumors 65816


    If pinging isn't working, then a hardware problem such as using a straight cable instead of a crossover cable is the most likely culprit. You can also purchase an inexpensive crossover adapter instead of a crossover patch cable if the computers are not physically close together and you want to use existing cabling.
  7. macrumors newbie

    crossover cable eh?

    Sounds like that could be the problem there. I've never had an issue like this before, but then again i've always networked through a hub before and never directly from computer A to computer B

    Is there any way i can make a crossover cable from my existing cable?


  8. Wes
    macrumors 68020


    Re: crossover cable eh?

    http://members.optushome.com.au/pengu/misc/Wireing Codes for Cat5.pdf

    This PDF shows the process, have fun with all those wires, might as well pay £2 and get a real one.

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