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    Angry Connecting to PC share on Leopard
    I have leopard 10.5.1 on my iBook G4. I connect to my network wirelessly. The network is done with a router (Netgear) which connects to the main PC desktop. On the PC i can connect to my laptop (\\192.168.0.x\myname) and thats all fine and dandy. But in leopard, in the shared dropdown menu, in the sidebar of finder, the pc's name is there, but when i click on it, all it says is "connection failed". I then click "Connect As..." but nothing happens.

    I have tried "Connect to server ..." using "smb://192.168.0.x" and that doesn't work. It comes up with a message saying "The text entered does not appear to be a recognized URL format. URLs should begin with afp://, aat://, file://, ftp://, http://, https://, nfs://, smb://, cifs://, or vnc://."

    I DON'T GET IT - PLEASE HELP

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    Try using the PC's administrator user/pass instead of a regular user account.
    What's the PC's OS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by giulio View Post
    Try using the PC's administrator user/pass instead of a regular user account.
    What's the PC's OS?
    Try using the password where?

    Umm... it is XP, Home Edition, Version 2002, SP 2

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    Try using the address as:
    protocol://USERNAME:PASSWORD@SERVERIP

    Example....
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    Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.

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    Yeah i tried that but it still came up saying

    The text entered does not appear to be a recognized URL format. URLs should begin with afp://, aat://, file://, ftp://, http://, https://, nfs://, smb://, cifs://, or vnc://

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    I am having the same issue on my brand new MacBook Pro. Out of the box, it connected to my Windows server but then I did the following:

    1. Updated to OS X 10.5.1

    2. Ran the Migration utility to pull over user accounts and applications from my old Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.2).

    Step 2 was a disaster. Although data transferred via Firewire, when I rebooted the Powerbook, I received a Kernel Panic. In short, the system was beyond recovery and I had to erase the hard drive and reinstall the operating system. When I shifted my attention back to the MacBook Pro, that's when I noticed the problem of of not being able to connect to my Windows server. No matter what I entered into the address box, I received the message: "The text entered does not appear to be a recognized URL format". When I click on the browse button, I can see the share but when I try to connect, I get "Connection Failed".

    Did the update or migration cause the problem? Who knows...but it's a clue that may be helpful to someone. I will report back with any new information I find.

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    Problems mounting windows drives
    I am having the exact same problem. I can't connect from my iMac to my PC. Have tried a myriad of solutions that have been posted to the web and nothing works. Has anyone found a solution to this yet?





    Quote Originally Posted by sleepyhollow View Post
    I have leopard 10.5.1 on my iBook G4. I connect to my network wirelessly. The network is done with a router (Netgear) which connects to the main PC desktop. On the PC i can connect to my laptop (\\192.168.0.x\myname) and thats all fine and dandy. But in leopard, in the shared dropdown menu, in the sidebar of finder, the pc's name is there, but when i click on it, all it says is "connection failed". I then click "Connect As..." but nothing happens.

    I have tried "Connect to server ..." using "smb://192.168.0.x" and that doesn't work. It comes up with a message saying "The text entered does not appear to be a recognized URL format. URLs should begin with afp://, aat://, file://, ftp://, http://, https://, nfs://, smb://, cifs://, or vnc://."

    I DON'T GET IT - PLEASE HELP

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    'connection failed' fix
    I had a similar problem after my new macbook refused to connect to an older macbook (both running leopard). I could see the computer on the shared list but it would always say "connection failed" and nothing would happen when clicking on connect as.

    I spoke to apple and they couldn't fix it but suggested I tried reinstalling leopard and that seems to have worked.

    If you boot from the install CDs supplied with the computer (by restarting and holding C) then when you choose the disk to install on to, click on the HD then select 'options' and then select 'archive and install'. This should keep all the old settings and files etc.

    The operating system reinstalled and it now the network works fine and all the files are there. However, I seem to have lost a chunk of my hard disk space somewhere, may have been caused by reinstalling leopard.

    Hope this helps

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    p.s.
    You can get back the hard disk space lost by deleting the 'previous system' folder found in the hard drive after the reinstall

    Oh yea and the problem started after using the migration from an old ibook.

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    i am having this problem now under leopard, under tiger i would go / connect to folder or finder / network click the cmputer and get prompted for a user/pass

    Leopard doesnt do this and just says "connection failed" , and i recall having an option of trying to login with diff info, but now i cant find that option either.

    is this a wide bug with leopard and network shares... cause it is REALLY annoying.

    using afp://administrator:password@10.0.0.11
    i get


    Connection Failed

    the server may not exist or it is not operational at this time. Check the server name or IP address and your network connection and try again


    Yes, it doesnt exist, why i am sitting right beside it, looking at it, streaming music and moving files around on it, yes Apple, it doesnt exist and my settings are wrong.......

    ARGH!

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    The problem is your router. Netgear routers do not allow file sharing!

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    you need to change a setting in mac system preferences or windows control panel. if you select you server on you windows machine, say sharing then allow users to read and write.

    then, check the settings in the mac system pref. and choose file sharing

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    LOL its the router..lol if only it was that easy

    all my windows system have read /write permissions on the shares and work fine under Tiger and other windows OS, it is only leopard that doesnt work.

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    NO, DO NOT CHANGE ROUTER. I have that same problem with 20" aluminum imac through wired ethernet connection. It goes to a Linksys router and all the other pc's are wired off of that too. It gives me the same problem. I have tried to change the router and it still does the same thing. I read somewhere that you have to enable guest mode on the pc but i don't know exactly how you do that

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    on the PC, go to control panel / users f under XP and should be a guest account option there

    but for me i am not about to turn on a guest account with no password on severs at work just so leopard can connect cause it doesnt work right.

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