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10.3: Potential Windows server browsing fix
Authored by: tlmurray on Mar 03, '05 05:49:25PM

I have four computers in the house. Few combinations connect to each other well, but it's one combination I want to address first, and I will start with connecting in one direction: from Mac to Windows.

192.168.1.100: Mac PowerBook, Panther 10.3.8, all Apple updates, firewall disabled, SMB sharing enabled, several folders belonging to user TIM are shared. Workgroup = MSHOME. Machine name = Tim.

192.168.1.102: Gateway, WinXP Home Edition. Firewall disabled. Several folders for user administrative-level user DannyM are shared. NetBIOS enabled. Workgroup = MSHOME. Machine name = danny.

Other info: Using Linksys BEFSR81 8-port router. No other firewall software. The physical link between these systems is okay: In order to get a file from his machine to mine, I start the Mac's FTP server, and Danny runs an FTP program.

Below are my methods of trying to connect and the result

METHOD 1:
Computer > Network > MSHOME > Danny > Connect button > authentication DannyM:password > OK.
Result is the alias DANNY could not be opened because the original item cannot be found.

METHOD 2:
Connect to Server > smb://192.168.1.102 > Connect > authentication DannyM:password > Finder cannot complete the operation because some data in smb://192.168.1.102 could not be read or written. Error code -36

METHODS 3, 4:
Connect to Server > smb://Danny/DannyM:password > Connect > authentication DannyM:password
Connect to Server > smb://192.168.1.105/Danny:password > Connect > authentication DannyM:password
Operation cannot be completed because one or more required items cannot be found. Error -43.

A tried sudo smbcontrol nmdb force-election but it didn't improve anything.

Any ideas?



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10.3: Potential Windows server browsing fix
Authored by: tlmurray on Mar 03, '05 09:23:44PM

Fixed it! I used the explicit path:

smb://workgroup;userid:password@machinename/sharedobject
or
smb://MSHOME;DannyM:password@danny/SharedDocs



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10.3: Potential Windows server browsing fix
Authored by: osxfan57 on Jun 02, '05 01:47:29AM

Sorry to report that this doesn't work for me. Since I upgraded to Tiger with archive and install, I can no longer browse the Windows PC on my home network. I can see the Windows server in the network browser, but I can't connect, no matter what I try. All I get is "Sorry, the operation could not be completed because an unexpected error occurred. (Error code -41)."
I can see the Mac from the Windows PC, however, and copy files to and from the Mac to the PC no problem.
I would like to delete the Network folder but there is no such folder under Automount (at least in Tiger).

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G5 2.5GHz 1.5Gb RAM, OS 10.3.7



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10.3: Potential Windows server browsing fix
Authored by: Jonathan75 on Apr 26, '06 07:49:19AM

oh, and that "smb://MSHOME;Daniel/SharedDocs" bit, for any novices reading this, doesn't get entered in a web browser, you have to go to the finder, click 'go', click 'connect to server', and enter it there (changing your friend's computer's name from 'Daniel', of course)



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10.3: Potential Windows server browsing fix
Authored by: Jonathan75 on Apr 26, '06 07:51:11AM

That one did it for me: smb://MSHOME;Daniel/SharedDocs got me connected to my brother's Windows PC. n.b. i think the 'Daniel' bit was what he decided to name his own notebook at some point; it was visible in any case, in the finder (in the network bit, in MSHOME). Our housemates have similar names!

Anyway, my mac did prompt me for a password before connecting, so i just gave it my administrator one, and it was happy with that.

oh, and that "smb://MSHOME;Daniel/SharedDocs" bit, for any novices reading this, doesn't get entered in a web browser, you have to go to the finder, click 'go', click 'connect to server', and enter it there (changing your friend's computer's name from 'Daniel', of course)

This is on 10.4.6, April 2006, really Apple should have sorted this one by now: all this address stuff is nonsense really, insofar as making Macs easy to use is concerned.



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