How do I access shared folders and optical drives between OSX & Vista?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pgharavi, May 13, 2008.

  1. pgharavi macrumors regular

    pgharavi

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    #1
    Hello,

    Apologies if this question is plain stupid but I've tried for a while now to no avail. I have a MBA and I would like to access a Vista box w/in the same home network. So of course I set up folders to share as well as the DVD-RW drive on the Vista box, and on my MBA I've turned on File Sharing. But here's the problem:

    I can see my MBA from the Vista machine, but NOT vice-versa. I cannot figure out how, w/in Finder, to access the shared folders or optical drive on the Vista box.

    I figured it would simply 'show up' but they don't. Roxio Toast cannot find the shared recorder either. Oddly enough, I was able to use the MBA's "remote disc" to access that drive to copy file, but obviously that is all it can do.

    I feel like I am missing something plainly obvious.

    Any help would be much appreciated!
     
  2. rhett7660 macrumors G4

    rhett7660

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    Sunny, Southern California
    #2
    Try this...

    Go to>>Go>connect to server type in smb:// ip address of vista machine.(no spaces) IE smb://123.456.34.234

    See if it connects and prompts you to select which folders you want to see.
     
  3. jcs1088 macrumors regular

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    Las Vegas, NV
    #3
    Before you do the above steps you might need to configure your vista machine to allow your mac to access folders on it. I had to do that on my mom's XP machine before I could share files with it.
     
  4. rhett7660 macrumors G4

    rhett7660

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    Sunny, Southern California
    #4
    Also, see if you can ping the vista machine from the Mac machine.

    Make sure you have a user name and password for the account.

    Let us know if any of this worked for you.
     

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