9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 26, 2010 6:37 AM by MarkMcintosh
SOHCNightmare Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
So I'm completely new to the Mac world. And so far, I like it.

BUT

I'm having issues trying to see the shared folder on my old Toshiba (running vista)

When I go to "Finder>Go>Network" I can't see any devices on my network. And I have 4 devices running on this network. I can see them all on my vista computer.

Also, when I go to enable file sharing on my Mac, on several tutorials, under the services column they show "Windows file sharing" mine only says "file sharing" then I have to go under that to enable windows file sharing. I'm not sure if this difference is the issue or not.

The vista machine can see all files on my Mac, But I'm really more interested in seeing and being able to access and modify files on the vista machine via my Mac.

I'm wanting to do this to have my windows machine as network storage basically. So I can download straight to it, then move the files to my Mac as I please.

Can anyone link me to a GOOD tutorial or post step by step instructions? I've looked on google and none of the tutorials really line up perfect to what I'm trying to do. I apologize if I'm being vague. I would post what I've already done, but I'm so frustrated and turned around right now, that I can't really explain. Please help. Thanks in advance.

15" MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • 1. Re: Mac not seeing other devices on network.
    TeenTitan Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)
    http://chris.pirillo.com/file-sharing-from-windows-vista-to-os-x/
    explains how to login to the windows computer from the mac.
  • 2. Re: Mac not seeing other devices on network.
    SOHCNightmare Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That only helps partially

    My windows machine can see all files on my mac. With no problems.

    My mac cannot see ANY devices on the network but yet it is connected... Any ideas?
  • 3. Re: Mac not seeing other devices on network.
    SOHCNightmare Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Bump.
  • 4. Re: Mac not seeing other devices on network.
    LCee Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Completely normal.

    It seems Apple could careless if you see or not see Windows components on a local network. In a strange way I understand what Apple is doing, why should apple care about windows. Usually you have to manually connect to non-apple devices, you might get lucky and the resources may show up in Finder/Network automatically.
  • 5. Re: Mac not seeing other devices on network.
    SOHCNightmare Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I really hope you're incorrect, but all my symptoms seem to prove you right.

    Under my "Network" on the Mac I can't even see the router! But I'm fully connected.

    Is there any way around this? I'd be willing to do it manually if there was a good description as to how.
  • 6. Re: Mac not seeing other devices on network.
    LCee Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    If you check all my posts you will see that I've been beating my head against a brick wall for the past year on this subject. I've tried all recommendations for both Windows and Mac whether I thought they were crazy or not and still no fix. ( there is no fix! ) I've waited for every new update from OS 10 and still the same. I've just come to terms with this and hopefully I'll be able to replace all my windoze machines to Mac and forget about what I would like to see from windoze.

    Everything works OK when using Go/Connect to Server and will continue to do so even if I don't like it.
  • 7. Re: Mac not seeing other devices on network.
    Charles Dyer Level 4 Level 4 (2,620 points)
    SOHCNightmare wrote:
    So I'm completely new to the Mac world. And so far, I like it.

    BUT

    I'm having issues trying to see the shared folder on my old Toshiba (running vista)

    When I go to "Finder>Go>Network" I can't see any devices on my network. And I have 4 devices running on this network. I can see them all on my vista computer.


    This is not normal. I can see various Windows devices and printers on my system when I go to the Network in the Finder. Which device on your network is the Master Browser? Usually it's a good idea for the Mac to be the Master Browser.


    Also, when I go to enable file sharing on my Mac, on several tutorials, under the services column they show "Windows file sharing" mine only says "file sharing" then I have to go under that to enable windows file sharing. I'm not sure if this difference is the issue or not.


    You should have SMB sharing turned on.



    The vista machine can see all files on my Mac, But I'm really more interested in seeing and being able to access and modify files on the vista machine via my Mac.


    That should be simple enough. The WinBox should show up in the Finder, or should be available from the 'Connect to Server' dialog box, usually in the format 'smb://winboxname' or 'smb://winboxip' depending on whether you were connecting by name or IP address.
  • 8. Re: Mac not seeing other devices on network.
    Donald Palmer Level 4 Level 4 (2,170 points)
    Your router probably has a web page built in to it. Need to open a browser and enter the ip address of the router.
    You won't see the router on "Network"
    Once you have the router page open you can see all the devices connected to your network on that page.
    Once you use smb to connect, you will be able to see the peecee shared folders or drives on your desktop.

    My wife's Toshiba shows up on my desktop when running Vista and now 7

    Message was edited by: Donald Palmer
  • 9. Re: Mac not seeing other devices on network.
    MarkMcintosh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm also experiencing this issue, the only difference mine is intermittently seeing my networked PC machines.

    The PC boxes have access to my drive, can read, create, and move files. But the Mac will not accept that there is anything else on the network other than my other macs. This is also showing up in itunes as well, where the PC can see my library but I can't see theirs.

    This is becoming very frustraiting and annoying as it will work for a day then a week with out, or only when I need to access the file quickly.

    I've tried to connecting directly via ip address, even tried to connect to them as a server but I just get the little "folder not found" error and will not do anything else.

    I have not changed any of my settings, but it only seems to be happening on my MBP, my housemate has not seen an issue with his MacBook 08 running on same OS.

    Is there any other way to diagnose this? I run through a airport extreme and it is showing up as all ok, I haven't changed any other settings other than a restart.

    would love to know any info.


    ~ Mark