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    opus_az's Avatar
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    Dec 06, 2006
    Finder sidebar: Shared Computers shows nothing
    I have two computers in the house but neither computer shows anything in the Shared section in the Finder's sidebar. In fact, the Shared section header doesn't even appear.

    Both computers are Leopard. Both have Finder preferences set to show everything shared. They're on the same network and they can ping each other. Both have Screen Sharing turned on and it works both ways using Go to Server or using the Screen Sharing utility . Both have the firewall set to Allow all incoming connections.
    iMac, MB, MB Air, nano

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    Stretch's Avatar
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    Jan 13, 2007
    Central New York
    15in i7 MacBook Pro, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 500GB HD
    Do you have File Sharing turned on?
    Blog and Photo Gallery:

    Currently running OS X 10.10

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Apr 28, 2006
    iMac Core Duo 20", iBook G4, iPhone 8GB :)
    Even I've had this problem. Sometimes they show, sometimes they don't. Usually a restart does the trick. However, if you badly need to access your mac, then go to the Finder Menubar >Go>Network

    Or you could do the usual Command+K and then enter the computer name in there (as shown in the Sharing preference pane)

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    opus_az's Avatar
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    Dec 06, 2006
    Turns out restarting both computers did the trick. Also, in case anyone's interested, here's a nice thorough and easy to follow article on Leopard's screen sharing:
    iMac, MB, MB Air, nano

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Jan 30, 2008
    It seems the problem lies with IPv6 - some shares don't use it but Leopard, by default, has it automatically configured. Just turn it off and flush the cache:
    System Preferences > Network > Airport (or ethernet - whichever adapter you're using) > Advanced button > TCP/IP tab > Configure IPv6 drop-down > off.

    Open terminal and type: dscacheutil -flushcache

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Jun 24, 2008
    Solution to shared computers missing from sidebar

    Shared computers were showing up on in my Finder's sidebar until I reinstalled Leopard. However, if I booted from my external drive (I cloned my HDD before reinstalling Leopard), the shared computers would show up again.

    Having found no solution on the net, I called Apple since I have AppleCare. That's where I got that solution.

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