Problems connecting to Windows workgroup.

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  1. Pablo macrumors regular

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    I've got my new 17" Powerbook, a PC desktop pretty much used for file storage, and my wife's Dell laptop.

    From the Finder, I went to Go>Connect to Server.

    It found both Windows machines on my defined Workgroup. I was able to hit the desktop, but when I entered the username and password, I got an error (-50) in smb. Connecting to the laptop was hit or miss. I'm positive I was using the right username/password, and I even created a new account with administrator access specifically for this - no luck either.

    So the only way I was able to transfer files was to reach out from the Windows box to the Powerbook...but that's not a good long-term solution for me, as I need to backup files and share a printer...so I really need to be able to hit the Windows box from the Powerbook.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. cubist macrumors 68020

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    I've used this feature for some time and never had much trouble with it. I regularly connect to "smb://number106/c$". Make sure your share has rights for the username you're connecting with.

    I think it would be nice if the error codes were listed somewhere. Maybe in "Mac OS X The Missing Manual"?
     
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  4. Pablo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the information...I'll give that a shot. One question, though. Is 'number106' the specific name, or an example. I don't need to use the IP address there?


    DeKa,

    I know what you mean. I wasn't able to find anything on google/google groups on that error message.

    But I believe the drive (on the windows box) is set up correctly. I've been sharing/accessing it from the Dell laptop for years. I've had it mapped as a network drive on the PC laptop with no problems.

    I'm wondering if it might have something to do with the 'c$' - I didn't include that when trying to connect from the powerbook. Perhaps it just doesn't know where to go once smb hits the box.

    Thanks again.
     
  5. DeKa macrumors member

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    C$ is a system share, not a user share.

    You'll need to make another share (of the same drive) and you can call it whatever you like eg "C on laptop" or "C on server"

    That's what I do anyway :D

    Derek
     
  6. Pablo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks! Worked great.

    Now how do I go about printing off the HP Laserjet 1200 that's plugged into the Windows Box? Can I add it to my printer list as a networked printer?
     
  7. Pablo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Also...is there any way to preserve this connection so that it's enabled when the Powerbook resumes from sleep or startup?
     
  8. DeKa macrumors member

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    To print to networked windows printers you need to get GIMP-Print and install it.

    http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.php3

    No, there's no way to make a connection stay on the desktop after you restart the machine. It should stay there after resuming from sleep though? Mine does...

    Derek.
     
  9. Pablo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Derek,

    That looks like it will work for true networked printers, but I've got a HP 1200 SE that's connected via USB to a Windows 2000 box. So I have an IP for the box, but not the printer.

    Any way to handle this?

    Another option:

    Can I connect the HP printer directly to my Powerbook (via USB) and share it (over the network) with another PC running Windows XP Pro?

    Thanks.
     
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  11. davegoody macrumors 6502

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    To give even more seamless integration with your Wintel boxes, you could always use "DAVE" - makes life a little easier. Keeps login information in the keychain too so a bit quicker too.

    Keep Smiling
     
  12. Pablo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Derek,

    I'm just a little overwhelmed at the moment. Got the Powerbook on Friday and it's my first go-round with OS X (and first Mac in over 15 years).

    I do appreciate the help.
     
  13. Pablo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Dave,

    Looks good...but quite a bit more than I'm looking to spend for printer sharing. I don't do a whole lot of printing, so I'll see what I can do about getting connected...and if I still have problems will take a closer look at DAVE.
     

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