Macbook network problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kyle90316, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. kyle90316 macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2008
    I have transfered many files to my macbook and as of yesterday it seems to not want to even find my network

    I have my network set up under HOME, i have added that to the WINS into network properties, also I have :file sharing" selected under sharing in the system properties, I have looked at many guides online and none seem to fix this, no firewall on my mac or pc...

    It was working before under same settings now doesnt work, on my windows pc i can see "mac" in the network but when trying to open I get an error, and in Go>Network nothing comes up, its like it doesnt even try to load since usually i see a little circle moving in the bottom right for a few seconds.

    any help is appreciated
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Did you add a firewall or change firewall settings to your Windows computer? For instance I use Zonealarm and if I do not okay the IP range of my network it will not show up on any Mac and gives an error when trying to connect to a Mac.

    Also are your computers apart of the same workgroup, ie WORKGROUP or MSHOME.

    What versions of Windows and OS X are you using? Vista is more troublesome than XP when connecting with Macs.
  3. NetworkMeUp macrumors newbie


    Apr 21, 2008
    When a Windows 2000/XP computer starts, if no DHCP server can be found, the computer will assign itself an IP address in the Class B range of with a subnet mask of No gateway or DNS server will be assigned. This process is referred to as "Automatic IP Addressing." It is only used in the instance where a Windows 2000/XP computer is configured for DHCP, and no DHCP server can be located. To determine the problem, try the following:

    * Check the Ethernet cable—borrow an Ethernet cable that you know works and try to connect using it.
    * Improper LAN Connection Proxy setting:
    o Click Start | Control Panel | Internet Options.
    o Click the Connections tab.
    o Click LAN Settings at the bottom of the window.
    o On the Local Area Network (LAN) settings window, UNCHECK all items currently checked.
    o Reboot the computer.
    * Check the Ethernet port.
    o Call the Help Desk at 831-6000 to check if a port is disabled.
  4. NetworkMeUp macrumors newbie


    Apr 21, 2008
    That info will help narrow down a few of the possible issues.

    Another thing that may help:
    To configure a folder and all the files in it to be shared folder(s) on a network, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click the folder, and then click Sharing and Security
    2. Click to select the Share this folder on the network check box, and then click OK.
    Local NTFS Permissions:
    • Owner: Full Control
    • Administrators: Full Control
    • System: Full Control
    • Everyone: Change
    Network Share Permissions:
    • Everyone: Full Control

    However, this can also be tricky because remote users and local users may not necessarily mean "network" users - at least, in some cases, not the same network you are referring to. Microsoft is not known for making this process easy for their customers, which you now know.

    If all else fails, I work for a company called Pure Networks and I'd like to suggest something else for you to try -- I believe this will make sharing files much easier on you. You can try this free download to see if you like it:
    :)apple: version)
    (PC version)

    For full disclosure -- While I do not receive any sort of direct per-click reward or compensation for adding the links above, I do work for Pure Networks, the creator of Network Magic, so my providing the links may benefit the company indirectly. That being said, if you're still having issues with PC to Mac networking, I'm still here to help. So ask away! :D

    Hope this helps.

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