MBA: connects to MacMini fine, but still get error message that won’t go away: “There was a problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by LDW, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. LDW macrumors newbie

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    MBA: connects to MacMini fine, but still get error message that won’t go away: “There was a problem connecting to the server “MacMini”.

    I recently bought a MacBook Air running El Capitan. I used Migration Assistant to transfer everything from my existing MacBookPro running Snow Leopard. I also have a MacMini running Mountain Lion on my Network.

    Here’s what’s happening on the MacBook Air: I can connect to both the MacBookPro and MacMini fine. But when the MacBook Air starts up, I get a message saying: “There was a problem connecting to the server “G4”. (G4 is an old computer that isn’t even on the network anymore.)

    When I click “ok” the “G4” error message goes away. But then I get the same message for the “MacMini.” And it won’t go away. I click “ok” and it comes back in a few minutes.

    When I turn off Firewall on the MacBook Air, I don’t get the error message, but of course I want to keep the Firewall activated, so this is extremely frustrating.

    Prior to OSX Macs were so simple to troubleshoot. I’m really starting to hate them now.

    If anyone has a solution, I would greatly appreciate it!
     
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I have a similar mix of machines… MBA running Mountain Lion. Mini as a server running Mountain Lion and another Mini running El Capitan. Never saw that message on any of them. But I have the firewall turned off on all machines...
     
  3. LDW thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey, thanks for the reply. Is there a reason you keep firewall turned off? I tend to think it would be a worthwhile safeguard to have active.
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I never really saw the need, have never used it and I have been on the Mac since 1985 with no problems. :)
     
  5. LDW thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I’ve always assumed the firewall was beneficial, but maybe it’s not really necessary. I’ll have to do some reading on the topic. Thanks.
     
  6. Left4DeadBoy macrumors regular

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    hi So you believe its the connection? That seems to be what youve written in your post; unless I read it wrong; and I dont think I did; that cant be proven to my satisfaction; I was happy reading your post despite any negative feelings the failed connection might have brought to me .
     

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