unlike many others in here I could easily share folders between my PC with a
fresh Vista Home Premium setup and my laptop with Windows XP SP2. Some days
ago I received a new MacPro and I started to have problems in network
sharing. After lots of trials and errors I decided to ask for some help.
Hope some of you can lend an hand even if the problem is cross-platform.
My network setup is the following:
- First PC is connected to a 3Com switch
- MacPro is connected to the same switch
- Switch is connected to a Linksys wireless router
- Laptop is connected to the network via wireless
- I have an Xbox 360 connected, too, hooked up to the Linksys router
DHCP (on the Linksys) gives every machine an IP, so the network seems to be
properly configured. Vista and XP can talk to each other (I couldn't share a
full hard drive in Vista as I was used in XP Professional, that's not a big
issue but any hint on this matter is more than welcome), Xbox360's Media
Center Extender can reach my multimedia files and everything seems fine.
Problem is I can't access MacOSX's sharing from Vista, and I can't copy big
files accessing to Vista's shared folders from the Mac.
If I access to the shared folders from the Mac, I can mount them and see the
files inside, but I can transfer only little files, pictures and stuff like
that. If I try to copy bigger files, like 5-600 MBytes, MacOS "thinks" for a
while, then it starts the transfer at ridicolous speed (several minutes to
obtain a single MB) and then gives up returning an error.
On the other side, Vista can find the MacPro in the network window and if I
double-clic on the icon it asks for a login name and password. Fine, but
when I enter the username and password of the MacOSX user, Vista says that
it's impossible to establish a connection and asks for correct username and
Laptop, however, seems to like all the other computers: as I said I can
access to the shared folders of the Vista PC, but in this case, when I try
double-clicking on the MacPro's icon, I insert the very same username and
password that Vista refused and I can access the shared folders on the
MacPro without any problem.
At present, I'm forced to use the laptop as a "parking lot" when I have to
transfer files from the main PC to the MacPro, but I'd like to solve the
problem since this is something I'm going to do very often.
I tried to disable Vista's built-in firewall without luck, I tried to give
any possible permission in the Vista's sharing properties, but couldn't
solve the problem. I even made the same user accounts on both machines, with
matching usernames and passwords, but again, Vista refuses to login to the
MacPro and MacPro can't transfer big files. Sharing services seem to be
fine, as XP Laptop can access and transfer to both computers. I don't have
any third-party firewall-antivirus-blockers installed on the Vista PC.
Onestly, I don't know what to try next
Any help would be more than welcome.
Thanks for your time.