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    Networking Vista and a G5

    I've been trying to setup a network between 3 machines:
    - Vista Ultimate
    - Mac G5 (OS X)
    - MacBook Pro

    The 2 Desktops (Vista/G5) connect to a Linksys WRT 56G V8 via Cat5 and the MacBook Pro laptop via wireless. In Vista I can ping the G5 Desktop and it is displayed in Network, but I cannot access (explore, etc.) files. However, the G5 can access my (Vista) "Public" (shared) folders and files. When I try to access the G5, I get a login screen and I have no idea what information should be entered in the fields. (see screenshot below).

    The MacBook Pro laptop is nowhere to be found, but that isn't my immediate concern and actually, I really don't need to access that laptop. All machines have Internet access and are working fine otherwise. So again, my need at present is to be able to share files between the Visa PC and the Mac G5, which currently is only one way..... G5 can access Vista, but Vista cannot access the G5.

    Thanks for any and all help.

    PS...... When it comes to networking, I have this brain block...... so please make your replies using "pablum" terms. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Networking Vista and a G5

    I don't have a G5 but on my iMac I had to go to the little apple at the top left of the screen and click for a drop down list. There is an entry there called "System Preferences". Click on it and a new window should open. I am hoping you have something like the one I am going to attach.

    To make it work for me, I felt that I had to check - Personal file sharing, and Windows Sharing. There is a "Start" option to get the service going so I clicked it for each service. The button then becomes a "stop" button so if I want to quit, I would have to click it again to stop!<makes sense, eh? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>>

    Also under the Windows Sharing screen <changes to this when you highlight Windows Sharing> there is a place for you to choose which accounts can use this service. For good measure, I created my Windows name and password in the accounts just to be sure it would work for me.

    The other thing I had to do was enter my local IP number in my firewall on my PC and allow it to be Trusted. I have EZ Firewall by Computer Associates. At the moment, I don't remember if there was anything else I had to do. I imagine on your G5 there is a Help area to tell you where your sharing abilities are located? But maybe some of this will help point you in the right direction. And maybe I've just confused the daylights out of you! I hope however that this gives you a starting point and that someone else who is more capable will jump in with more useful information!

    I know that after I did this, I went on my PC to the Network Place and chose "add new Network. When it finally gave me the option to decide "Where do you want to creat this network place? and told me to choose another network location by specifying the address of the location, I had to type in my local IP and my Mac user name in the following manner 192.168.1.3myusername, then I typed a name for the network place so I would recognize it, and I was done. As I just ran through this now, it didn't give me a pass word box to use but I remember the first time I did it, I had one where I put my iMac user name and my iMac password in so it would allow me to connect. I believe that's what you need to put into your box that you have pictured.

    Okay, I am finished going on about this........Let us know if any of this helps or if you need more information! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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