I need some Mac/PC Networking help...


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 9, 2001
Hey guys,

I'm running OS 10.1.3 on a Quicksilver.

I need to transfer about 10GB of information from a crappy Dell laptop to my Mac.

The laptop is running Windows 2000, and has an ethernet card.

I have been unsuccesful at getting either the Mac or PC to see each other.

My understanding is that I don't need a crossover ethernet cable because of the quicksilver's ability to emulate the crossover. Unfortunately, I am not running OS X server, or Windows 2000 Server.

What steps do I need to take to be able to copy the files over? I'm feeling a bit retarded, so step-by-step instructions would be greatly appreciated if anybody out there has the time, experience, and inclination to help out.



Moderator emeritus
Oct 5, 2001
San Diego, CA

OK here goes...use SMB (aka Samba). If you already know how to use it don't read the rest of this...

First create a share on the PC; in this case, probably your C drive (or wherever you have the 10 gigs of info). Give it a name, something simple like "share". The drive icon will change from the default to one with a hand under it.

Hook up the two machines via the ethernet cable.

On the TiBook, go to the "Connect to Server" option in the Finder's "Go" menu. At the bottom of the dialog box type "smb://pcname/share" where pcname is the name of your pc and share is the sharename. You will have to type in the exact workgroup name (most likely WORKGROUP if you used default settings). You should be prompted for a password as well, use whatever you set up for the share.

That should be about it. Anyone else please let me know if I screwed up on any of the steps.

Good luck!


macrumors regular
Feb 21, 2002
This is what you need:


just do a search for it on google to find a store that sells them.

It's all through USB so you won't have to even use the ethernet cards.


macrumors 68020
Oct 28, 2001
Greensboro, NC
theres no point in relying on wwindows networking to do this. just turn the ftp on in OS X, create symbolic links in your public folder, and just acess what you need by an ftp client such as cuteftp.


macrumors 68020
Sep 18, 2001
Denver, CO
Step by step...

1. Connect the cable (you are correct, regular or crossover will work) between the ethernet ports of both machines.

2. On the Mac, open the Network preference pane.

3. On the "TCP/IP" tab:
- write down the current settings so you can restore them later.
- set "Configure:" to "Manually."
- set "IP Address:" to ""
- set "Subnet Mask:" to ""
- all other fields should be cleared.

4. "Apply Now"

5. Go to the "Sharing" preference pane.

6. Check the box labeled "Allow FTP access."

7. Close the System Preferences.

8. On the Win2K box, in "Control Panels," open "Network and Dial-up Connections."

9. Double-click the existing connection, probably called "Local Area Connection."

10. Click "Properties."

11. Select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click "Properties."

12. Write down the current settings so you can restore them later.

13. Select "Use the following IP address."

14. Set "IP address:" to "" and "Subnet mask:" to "".

15. Click "OK", "OK", "Close"... Win2K shouldn't ask you to reboot at this point, but it might. Do so if necessary. Otherwise, just close the "Network and Dial-up Connections" folder and continue.

16. Open a Command Prompt on the Windows machine. Type "ping" and press enter. You'll see "Pinging with 32 bytes of data:" followed by four lines of results, which (if everything is working) should say "Reply from bytes=32 time<10ms TTL=128" or something very similar. If the lines say anything else (notably, "Request timed out.") then there's something else wrong and you'll need additional assistance. Otherwise, continue.

17. Easiest thing to do at this point is to collect all the things you want to transfer over into a single directory on the Windows machine.

18. Use your FTP client of choice on the Windows machine (like CuteFTP). Connect to Use your regular OS X username (be sure to use the "short name") and password. Then transfer your files over. NOTE: This step is kind of a cop-out, since I could take up way more space and explain how to do this from the command prompt too, but I'm going to assume you know how or can figure it out.

19. There is no step 19.


macrumors 65816
Jun 18, 2001
WestCost, USA

I normaly just use ftp to do it but my borther doesnt like the command line. So I set up a hotline server on my mac and we share files that way. I forwared the hotline ports to my Mac vi the router (for outside world) and I set my firewall up so only my subnet IP's can get in. the I just leave it running or turn in on when he need so share something.


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 9, 2001
Thanks guys!

Thanks Guys!

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