Connecting MacBook Pro to a PC workgroup

By Gouge ยท 38 replies
Feb 17, 2012
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  1. Gouge

    Gouge TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 129

    Yes, I tried the usual File Sharing approach on the Windows m/c's and the mac, but they failed to communicate at all. My PC was originally set up for music, so a lot of the function could have been disabled or changed from default.

    Belkin were baffled when I asked them. All they offered was to turn of the router firewall.

    I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do withthe registry changes. I can understand the first part - changing the vale from 0 to 1, but the last bit has me baffled. Would you explain please?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

  3. Gouge

    Gouge TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 129

    I followed this route as far as the Lsa level, but all that was there was a default entry. No sign of LMCompatibiltyLevel.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    it really should be there - - what's your OS?

  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    If you just need access to files on a single computer, this is a great, simple way to do it.

    There is very little that can go wrong with this method, so it is great for troubleshooting. If you DO still have problems, you can be pretty sure something needs to be changed on your Windows computer (eg. Firewall, setting up your shares properly, adding a password to the account you're trying to access the computer under etc..).

    Also, if you're trying to log on into your Windows computer and it is prompting you for a password, the account you are trying to log on as must have a password by default (courtesy of Windows 7). You can change this behavior in network sharing center, but I would just add a password for troublehsooting purposes.

    What I mean by this is -- if you want to connect to your computer using the account "Gouge", "Gouge"s password to use the computer must NOT be blank... there must be something.
  6. Gouge

    Gouge TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 129

    OK, I found it. Sorry, I must have looked in the wrong key.

    I changed the value to 1. Is there anything else that I should do?

    I only have the one account each on my PC and Laptop, so I've never bothered using a password.

    I take it that, even though I'm on XP SP3, I should now use a password?
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    Absolutely; both system should have user/passwords unless you like giving away personal data :)
  8. Gouge

    Gouge TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 129

    I'll follow this up. Been away for a couple of weeks so haven't been able to access PC.
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    10.7.4 was released today, it fixes a couple SMB issues. Doesn't sound like your issue, but worth a shot.
  10. Gouge

    Gouge TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 129

    Yes, installed update, thanks.

    Anyway, I've just upgraded my pc to Windows 7 (I didn't want to trust an iMac) so I'll see whether I still have a problem linking to the MacBook.;)
  11. Gouge

    Gouge TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 129

    It was my **!!?? Belkin wireless router causing the problem!!

    I bought a Netgear wireless router, set it up and bingo, everything communicated with each other, including my MacBook and printer!!

    Problem solved, even if it did cost me for a new router.

    btw, no dropouts since I've installed the netgear router.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Cool, thanks for the follow up.
  13. SMTEMP

    SMTEMP TS Rookie

    I was having the same issue as the initial user. I wanted to connect to my husband's shared folder on his PC with my MacBook. He had to create a non administrator account and he opted to add a password for it as well and that worked beautifully. Some reason it wouldn't allow me to access as an admin from my mac. Hope this helps someone!
  14. SweetyfromNYC

    SweetyfromNYC TS Rookie

    After months of frustration I finally realized that the problem was with my firewall software. I use Norton Internet Suite and after configuring my Macbook's IP address into Smart Firewall Trust control my Win7 PC popped up with no problem. Was able to access everything without a hitch.

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