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    Jul 22, 2007
    Exclamation "the alias could not be opened, because the original item cannot be found
    Hi, i reacently upgraded from Panther, where my network worked fine, to Tiger where my networkings is well, notworking...see what i did there?

    im connected to 1 windows XP PC and 1 Vista PC. on panther they just came up on my mac under a MShome folder in Network and i could go into the PCs and take files and stuff.

    now when i click on them a message pops up saying:

    "the alias 'PCs name' could not be opened, because the original item cannot be found"

    with 3 buttons saying Delete Alias, Fix Alias and OK

    delete alias says i dont have serficiant privlages to delete alias, fix asks me to select a new original and OK does nothing.

    can anyone help me out?


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    Mar 22, 2007
    Sounds like you might be a victim of Tiger's borked network sharing. Try restarting the Mac. What I find is that it will happily mess up attached network shares whenever my Mac goes to sleep, or if the server is shut down/restarted, and often will refuse to reconnect. 10.4.9/10 have improved things, but it's still not (dare I say it) as good as Windows sharing.
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    Member Since
    Jul 22, 2007
    Thanks for the response

    ive reset and turned of my computer lots of times since the problem started but nothings changed.

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    Jul 22, 2007
    also i cant upgrade to 10.4.9 becuase i dont have a big eunogh hard drive

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    Feb 09, 2011
    I'm getting this issue on my MAC and i can't file a way on getting around this,

    Please could someone help?

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    Feb 09, 2011
    Does anyone have an update for my preivous question..!

  7. #7

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    Oct 14, 2011
    Problem could be PC computer names
    I have experienced this problem for PCs whose NETBIOS (computer) names included hyphens. I'm not sure what the actual restrictions are, but I have not experienced this problem with NETBIOS names that contain only letters and digits.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Think you have answered your question with the no hard drive space answer. A HDD requires at least 15% free space to work anywhere near effectively. Time for a new bigger hard drive and really even Tiger is an old, old operating system.

    400MHz G4's are over ten years old, released in January 2001.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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