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Network connections to a Mac - not seeing shared folders

by ptrautwein / July 5, 2010 4:10 AM PDT

I've been using Macs for years, and was just given a cute little HP Mini by a generous relative. Works great. Connects nicely to my wireless network and internet connection. Windows XP is clunkier than the Mac OS, but it's working.

The problem is trying to connect it to my Mac Network for file sharing.

I think I've set up the file sharing correctly. I had some help from a tech at work. He had me share the entire C Drive and I have a little hand cupped under the Hard Disk Drive. I have both "Share this folder on the network" and "Allow network users to change my files" checked and He says that should give me full access to all the files on the computer when I connect to it with my Mac(s).

When I do connect - and connect via the admin username and password - I can see several folders. When I go to "Documents and Settings" I can see the folder with the admin name, but when I open it it's empty. (When I follow the same path on the PC it has a "My Documents" folder and then "my pics," "my music" etc. - the files I want to reach.)

I'm not getting any errors. Just an empty window.

When I connect via my Mac I use the Mac "Go to Server" menu and connect using smb://[computer name].

It asks me to log in as a registered user or guest - I use registered user and enter the username and password. (it does not ask for a work group)

And connects without any problems, except that I don't see any of the files. I'm stumped. Is this a Mac issue or a PC issue? Do I need to set more permissions? I'm not very familiar with the Windows operating system so any help would be appreciated.

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by askwithnerro / July 5, 2010 2:41 PM PDT
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Still not working
by ptrautwein / July 6, 2010 12:43 PM PDT

I'm not sure I explained my problem well enough.

My Mac(s) are seeing the PC just fine. Connecting to the computer is not the problem, it's seeing the files *on* the PC that's not working.

But here are a few comments based on your instructions.

I was able to do the 1, 2, 3 listed in your post - and scrolled down to the "Joining a Microsoft Windows workgroup" section of the Mac 101: File sharing page. I went through the steps and none of the changes held past the initial "OK." (strange? unexpected? I'm not sure what to make of that...) My PC was listed in the "Sharing" list on my side navigation but I'm not sure if that was from my previous connection via the "Go" menu and "Connect to Server" choices. I tried rebooting both computers and went through the steps again, but I still had to connect via the "Go" menu and "Connect to Server" menu item.

The second link about setting up the network connections I'm not sure applies. I have no problem connecting to the internet on any the computers even the PC. Unless my set up is preventing the sharing of files, I'm not sure what I should be doing there.

Thanks for the response. Any other thoughts?

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