Can't connect to Mac from PC

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  1. SLR2009 macrumors regular

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    Hi, I'm very new at this, My PC is running Windows Vista and my Mac is running Leopard.

    I can view the files that are on my PC from my Mac just fine but it doesn't work the other way around. I want to connect to my Mac from my PC and view specific folders.

    Here's what I did so far on my Mac: I enabled file sharing, I selected the folder to share.

    Here's my problem, when I go on my PC, I click on network, I can see the Mac computer just fine, I click on it, I see the Mac username, I click on it and I see the drop box but when I click on that it says "Windows cannot access Users public folder drop box".

    What did I do wrong? Did I screw up somewhere? Do I need to create a new Mac account in order for this to work. Any help is greatly appreciated
     
  2. SLR2009 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help. I've read that article, some of it is a bit confusing to me but I followed it as best as I could.

    I was able to connect to my Mac computer but I used a different method then in the article. On my PC, what I did was click on search and type in my ip address/username.

    It then asked me to type in the workgroup, username and password, I entered it and I was then able to see my entire mac computer. the only problem was that it was very slow,

    It took like 2 minutes just to open a file. Did I do something wrong?

    when I click on network, I can see the mac computer and when I go to open the drop box I still get the message "windows cannot access Users public folder drop box" I'm confused.

    How come I can connect when I type in IP address/Username and then type in the information and it connects but when I manually go to network and click on the mac folders drop box I get a network error?

    I checked to make sure that the Mac and the PC were both on the same Workgroup which they were.

    Please help, I'm very new to this but I do want to learn.
     
  3. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Well did you follow the pictures in order? You must turn of SMG in the Network->sharing 'Options'?
     
  4. SLR2009 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have to turn off SMG? I don't remember reading that in the article. Did this have to be done in that exact order? like I said when I first started reading the guide I didn't understand everything that it said to do. Did I have to create a new Mac Account?

    On another note I had trouble viewing files that were on my PC from my Mac. On my PC (Vista), One thing I noticed is that I can't share folder's with my Main Admin account but it works fine when I select the secondary account.

    When I click share, after a few minutes it says "done" but afterwards when I click on that specific folder and click properties it says "not shared". It works fine when I select the secondary account. Why is that?

    When I go on my Mac and then connect to my PC (windows Vista) when I select my Main Account and enter a password it connects as guest. When I select the second account and type in it's password it connects and I can then view the shared files. Is there some setting that I'm missing? Thanks
     
  5. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    The drop box, is just that, the drop box. Like any post office box-you put a letter in, but you don't get the letter out.;)
    Each user has a separate drop box and you must be logged in as that user to access it. Anyone can put files in it.

    As far as the admin vs standard account - did you set up file sharing in both accounts or just the standard account?
     
  6. SLR2009 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm confused about what you mean by file sharing. I went to network and sharing in control panel and enabled file sharing. Both accounts on my PC are Admin's.

    I created another account on my PC to match the short name of my mac. That's what the guide said to do. I select a folder to share and it asks me what account I want to share it with.

    I select my main account but afterwards when I click properties it says not shared. I have no problem if I select my second account, it shares and I can view it from my Mac.
     
  7. SLR2009 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone? I can connect and view my mac files from the second PC Account that I created but not the one that I use.

    On my original account I can connect and view my mac files if I go to finder and type in the mac's ip address, username and password.

    I can then view all the files on my Mac but it's very slow. If I then click on network, then the Mac computer, and click to open the drop box I get the network error.

    I don't get this message when I'm signed in to my PC's secondary account, how come?
     
  8. Mini Cooper macrumors newbie

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    Big Thanks

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting this, I like the Thread Starter am new to Mac (which I LOVE). I am fairly conversant with PC, having 3 towers, 1 laptop and 1 Media PC all networked on both Ethernet, wireless and Power Line (all making up the complete network)

    I have managed to get PC seeing Mac and vice versa thanks to the tutorial.
    All I need to do now, is get the Mac to see the printer connected to the printer on my Vista PC. Anyone able to advise?

    Thanks.....

    PS Great Forum
     

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