networking help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by suzins, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. suzins macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    After 21 years of PC I have an IMAC which is a challenge. Despite years of PC experience I cannot seem to network my Dell with XP to my IMAC. I'd like to be able to print from the Dell to the HP that is connected to the IMAC as well as share files. I've found some info that told me to click the apple, click system preferences, then 'view' ...then 'accounts'... my IMAC does not have 'accounts'.. the closest I can find is users...but the choices I am supposed to change are not there... This is the first time in my life I've felt like calling some Geek Squad or something. Instead of learning to enjoy my Mac experience I'm pulling my hair out.. Can anyone help? My Dell does show Susan's Imac but will not 'connect' to it. I am using a Netgear modem router combo on the Imac and a Netgear wireless usb in the Dell. I can't now even seem to delete the Mac from the network list in the Dell so I can start over... Gah!
  2. Sc00tr macrumors regular

    May 28, 2011
    The changes you need to make are in system preferences -> sharing.

    The settings for Tiger were in Users.

    It depends what OS version you are running.

    also check the firewall setting which is under security & privacy.
  3. suzins thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    Thanks for the reply. I had tried to enable sharing in the preferences folder but it did not work. The Mac shows the Dell exists and the Dell shows the Mac exists but neither will speak to the other in any way. I have Mac OSX 10.7.2

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