4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 17, 2012 3:10 PM by t_bif
kt4ever Level 1 (45 points)

There was a problem connecting to the server "Mac Pro"   The server may not exist or it is unavailable at this time. Check the server name or IP address, check your network connection, and then try again.


I have a Mac Pro, but it is not a server. It isn't even turned on.  I am successfully connected to my VERIZON FIOS NETWORK  using a wireless network. How do I get this message to stop popping up every 30 seconds????

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,717 points)

    Actually, every Mac is a fully capable server, you just have to enable server tasks.


    For some reason, your computer is trying to connect to the Mac Pro, probably for file sharing. Since the Mac Pro is not available, you get that message. Try looking in System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items. Is the Mac Pro on that list? If so, remove it. If not, you've got some other process that you have configured to connect to that machine, perhaps Time Machine, that is unable to do so.

  • kt4ever Level 1 (45 points)

    Only thing checked in login items is iTunes helper and antivirus.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,717 points)

    What about Time Machine? Were you backing up to a hard drive attached to that Mac Pro at some point?

  • t_bif Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same general problem: every few minutes I would get the message "There was a problem connecting to the server 'myserver'. Contact your system administrator for more information."


    The problem went away for me when I reset the sync server.




    I hope this works for others as well.