The alias __ could not be found...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rioting, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. rioting macrumors member

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    Ugh, I've been having a this network problem for ages... This might take a while to explain, so work with me. :D

    We have 3 computers at our house. A crappy PC (Windows XP), PowerBook G4 (Leopard), and MacBook (Tiger). Bought in that order. A while back, these 3 computers had no problem networking together, no problem what so ever. But now, either of the Macs will connect with the PC. We have all the server files on the PC because it's on most of the time, and we would always connect to it to share files. But now, when either Mac tried to connect to the PC, it gets tis error...
    "The alias ___ could not be opened, because the original item could not be found. [Options] Delete Alias, Fix Alias..., OK.

    All 3 computers have no problem sharing it's iTunes library, but we can't mount SMBs. The PC can connect to the Macs, and the Macs and connect to each other, but the Mac cannot connect with the PC. :eek:

    Any solutions? Hehe. :D
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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  3. rioting thread starter macrumors member

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    Checked the link- looks like I did everything right?
    And I really don't know what this means by 'alias'- isn't that a name, or seperate name?

    Thanks, but no dice. :D Anyone else got an answer?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    An alias on Mac OS is the same thing as a shortcut on Windows. These things will sometimes break if the file or folder to which they point is moved or deleted.

    An example of how this could happen:
    • You create file A
    • You create alias B, which points to file A
    • You move file A to another drive
    • Alias B is now broken
     
  5. rioting thread starter macrumors member

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    So the alias between the network shortcut under Finder is broken?
    If that is true then that can't be the only problem because, even when I try to connect under "Connect to Server" and enter the IP address, it'll show the same message? I don't know. :(

    This is getting quite complicated.
     
  6. rioting thread starter macrumors member

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    Thi is really annoying because we cannot share files anymore. The computers can communicate via iTunes with the libraries but not mount the folders. ANy answers?
     
  7. macguyfer macrumors newbie

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    Things to check

    I just ran into this problem and realized I had previously limited the amount of logons from default to only 1 for the share (I figured I'd be the only one connecting to my own computer!). Well...Some time passed, I got another computer and connected it, and left it running (a Linux server). For the longest time I couldn't connect from my macbook anymore! I thought it had to be my password (I had recently changed it too). THEN I recalled that I lowered the limits of allowed connection to one....Cranked it up to two and BANG! Worked like charm :)

    So, you may want to check things on your PC - i.e. firewall, share permissions, etc. Hope this helps!!!:D
     

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