5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2009 5:51 PM by jay e
jay e Level 1 (0 points)
Trying to get the mac to find the toshiba on wired network. I thought I was able to use a find a computer on network function, but can not find that.
BTW Happy Thanksgiving

Well I got it but I don't know what I did. Opened my iMac, opened Network then the Toshiba showed up? One of those computer land mysteries. Still would like to know where the 'Find computer on network' is.

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  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (32,935 points)
    The formal command is

    Finder menu -> Go - > Connect to Server

    There, you can try browsing or entering a specific IP address for the "server."

    If you are using Leopard or Snow Leopard on the Mac, any Finder window has a SHARED list in the sidebar. The servers on the local network should show up there.

    Installing Bonjour for Windows (on the Toshiba) may help a Windows PC get identified.

  • jay e Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried the search for but it will not find it know. Worked once before when I was trying different stuff. Mac shows it now, reset modem and router. But if toshiba isn't on there is no 'Shared' listing in the left menu area. Which I would think would be the default if the mac can not find anything that is shared at the time.

    Really did not want to put anymore on the laptop, like bonjour, because I am getting pretty short on space with the small HD, low ram and all the win and other updates that have gone in over the years it struggles now. Afraid it is time to thing newer laptop. Anyone have a good deal on a not too old macbook?

    Thanks for the help.
  • jay e Level 1 (0 points)
    If you have trouble with your network connections like computers not finding each other,
    Try resetting your modem and router.
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (32,935 points)
    Bonjour does not take up very much disk space.

    You may want to take a look at Finder preference Sidebar tab, to ensure you have it set to show +Connected servers+ and +Bonjour computers+ under SHARED.

    With Windows, it is sometimes necessary to disable the FireWall before your Mac can see it and connect to it. You can do that in the Windows control panels.
  • jay e Level 1 (0 points)
    Thing is when I first hooked up everything the mac didn't have any problem finding the laptop on the network, either when it was hard wired or when it was connected via the wireless. So I knew there were no issues on the laptop side for being accessed.

    Problem I was having was getting the laptop to find the mac. When I started playing with settings on the mac I lost everything.

    I now attribute it to newbie stuff with using apple. I know my way around pc from hardware to writing code so I do have some sort of idea what is what with these beasties. Set the mac back to original settings, used a different search parameter on the laptop and then it found mac. Worked fine for a while then neither one could find anything. Which was when I reset the server hardware.

    Found in the past that a lot of networking issues came down to IP address's and that resetting either modem or router usually fixed them.

    Getting more comfortable with mac protocols and getting a clearer idea on how to go about diagnostics and fixing. You all have been a great help and resource and I do thank everyone. I don't care what they say - You guys are great.