One doesn't have to be logged on the XP box for Windows filesharing to work.
Any ideas why your machine required this?
Ok here's the setup.
I have a wireless network at my house.
I have a Dell running XP, and a MacBook Pro.
I turned on sharing (for specific drives) and turned off the windows firewall on the Dell.
Currently, I have it set in the Display Properties that the screensaver does not require a password, and I have set in Power Settings to not require a password coming back from Standby.
This works flawlessly, whenever I wake up my computer I never have been logged off or have to enter any password, EXCEPT WHEN -
When I connect to the shared drive on my Dell from my MacBook the MacBook loads the network volume fine, I can read/write files with no problem, UNTIL
Never fail, about 1 or 2 minutes after I connect to the Dell with the MacBook, the Dell screen goes black, and when I wake it up, it has logged off and is asking for a username + password.
This is very, very annoying because obviously when the computer logs off it kills the network connection for my MacBook.
I just want it so that I can just leave my Dell on all day, and use it as a kind of file server that is always accessible through the wireless network...
I can use the Dell for hours, everytime it goes to screen saver or goes to sleep, it wakes with no password, but as SOON as I connect to the shared drive on the Dell from my laptop, the Dell blacks out and logs off.
Any suggestions would be much, much appreciated, been driving me mad.