A quick networking question!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Souljas, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. Souljas macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2004

    Im currently trying to network my PC with my imac but came into a slight problem. I configued the network as in the 'sticky' made by edesigns uk (thanks) and am connecting to my PC from my imac. I am using the 'connect to server' in the GO menu in 10.3. However when it asks me for my Username and Password I have no idea what my user name is! :eek: , is there a command that i can type into 'run' which would tell me what my current XP username is?

    Many thanks
  2. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    If I were you, I'd do it the other way around and use the PC to connect to the Mac. Its waaayyyy easier to do it that way. Just right click on my computer and select Map Network Drive. Then put in either the name of the Mac or the IP address of the Mac. Then you it prompt you for a username and password for the Mac, then ask what you want to map.

    On the PC Side, you can click on the start menu usually to see who's logged in currently. At least in XP Pro you can. Not sure about XP Home Ed. If not then log out of the current account on the PC and log back in. If there's no password for the account on the PC then there shouldn't be any password for the prompt you're getting, just a username, which I just told you how to get.
  3. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2003
    The easiest way I've found is to make an Applescript to mount the shares. Go into Script Editor and type in this:

    tell application "Finder"
    mount volume "smb://WORKGROUP;username:password@COMPUTERNAME/Share"
    end tell

    WORKGROUP=the name of the workgroup your PC is in
    username=the name you use to login to Windows (you can always make a new one in control panel>user accounts)
    password=create this as well along with the username
    COMPUTERNAME=the name of the computer in the workgroup (can be found in control panel>system
    Share=the name of the share you are sharing


    tell application "Finder"
    mount volume "smb://HOMENETWORK;Souljas:pW135XCV@MYPC/Tunes"
    end tell

    Save as an application
  4. Souljas thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2004
    thanks mate that was really helpful. I ended up connecting to my mac via my PC.
    I tried what you wrote in the second post and everything is all good now. I used to do it via the 'connect to server', but the script is much better :)

    thanks !

    Cheers Soul
  5. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    Thanks live4ever for the detailed info. I also have been able to connect from the PC to the Mac and do it routinely for backups, but never been able to go the other way.

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