Can't connect windows computers to mac for file sharing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sean1218, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Sean1218 macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    I have smb sharing checked on my mac and everything seems to be fine, and I also have file sharing and specific folders shared on the windows computer.

    It will work fine sometimes, but then occasionally it will just disconnect and say "There was a problem connecting to the server "servername"" and not let me through. When I have this issue (most of the time), it's the same thing for both windows computers, so I think it must be an issue with my macbook pro.

    Any ideas?
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    For one thing what version of "Windows" are you trying to connect to? Are you running 10.6.x or 10.7? How are the Windows computers are sharing? Did you open System Preferences->Network pane, Advanced button, WINS tab and put it the SMB server name/address?

    Also read the blog post File Sharing With Snow Leopard: Sharing OS X 10.6 Files With Windows 7.
  3. Sean1218 thread starter macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    I'm trying to connect to Windows 7 from Lion. I'm not sure what you mean by "how are the Windows computers sharing". Yes, I've done what you listed there and everything else in that article.

    I can connect for a few hours sometimes, but then for the next few hours it doesn't let me; it sort of goes back and forth. I think if my settings weren't correct, it wouldn't let me connect at all.
  4. Sean1218 thread starter macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
  5. samsonjs, Aug 7, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011

    samsonjs macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2011
    Yeah, I cannot connect to a Windows 7 SMB/CIFS share after installing Lion. I'm not sure if it's a coincidence though, it could be the Windows box. And with Snow Leopard I've had to reboot my MacBook to connect again, so frankly I don't trust either one here.

    Not really sure how to troubleshoot it either. Might have to revive my 2006 vintage white MacBook and test 10.6 out.

    edit: Works on Snow Leopard. I tried removing the saved network password from Keychain Access, listed under the IP and hostname of the Windows machine. No luck. It fails just a bit further on, it lets me connect but won't even list the files in the share :/
  6. Sean1218 thread starter macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    Let me know if you get it working, I'm still stuck.
  7. nolar macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
    Same here. I've just bought my first macbook, and having the same kind of problems as I usually had with linuxes -- sharing with Windows :)

    The most awkward thing here is that it works _sometimes_. So, when I use Cmd+K and enter the Windows 7 machine name, sometimes it connects successfully. But in most cases it says "There was a problem connecting to the server". When I try to use "smbutil view" or mount_smbfs, it says "server connection failed: Socket is not connected".

    On both machines firewalls are disabled. Lion machine can connect to Windows machine (ping or telnet to 445). The same Windows machine successfully works with another Windows machine.

    And there is nothing in logs on both machines.

    I'm really stuck here with this problem.

    PS: And I ___CAN___ access Lion from Windows with no problems at all. THis way it works fine.
  8. DaMan05 macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Exact same situation here as above.

    Is this happening or everyone or only us few? If just us, then why???

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