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    SnowLeopard to Vista, cant see the PC.
    I have a Macbook pro, and a desktop running Vista64.

    Both are in the same workgroup.
    On the vista machine I see both the mac and the PC in the network.
    I can browse, add, remove files on the mac from the PC.

    I cannot even see the PC on the network from the mac... all i see is the router.

    I have SMB sharing enabled on the mac.


    what else am I missing?

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    Are you sharing files on your Vista machine? The SMB sharing settings in System Preferences shares a folder on your Mac. This does not share files from your Windows machine.
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    You not only need to turn on file sharing on the Vista machine, but you also have to share something for it to be seen.
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    Also, if you have a 3rd party security suite, make sure you've opened it up for file sharing. 9 times out of 10, that is what causes issues with OS X browsing XP/Vista/7 shares.
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    Everything is set up correct on the vista box,
    I'm sharing an entire drive.
    No software is preventing the vista box from being visable to the mac.

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    You could try "manually" connecting to your Windows box from OS X. In Finder, go to Go > "Connect to Server...". For "Server Address", type: smb://<ip address>. Replace <ip address> with the IP address of your Windows box. If that doesn't work, I would suggest checking the firewall settings on your Windows machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    You could try "manually" connecting to your Windows box from OS X. In Finder, go to Go > "Connect to Server...". For "Server Address", type: smb://<ip address>. Replace <ip address> with the IP address of your Windows box. If that doesn't work, I would suggest checking the firewall settings on your Windows machine.
    that worked, the PC now shows up in Network, but only as an IP.

    A bit ad-hock, but I guess it will do.

    Thanks for the Help.

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    I have to manually connect to my FreeBSD SMB server VM once in a while even though it should (and sometimes does) show up automatically. This could be because I'm learning FreeBSD though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingnutt View Post
    that worked, the PC now shows up in Network, but only as an IP.

    A bit ad-hock, but I guess it will do.

    Thanks for the Help.
    Name resolution issues are usually due to NetBIOS traffic being blocked. Are you sure you're not running any kind of security software?
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