Hi, I'm quite new to this.I'd never even used a Windows PC till two week's ago and it's been at times a very frustrating and painfull prossess with nothing but the manuals and the internet to work it all out. So there has been lots of doing things over. But now I have built my new PC and it's up and running with all the software, all the storage configured and all my backups set. The last part I have left till now becaused the internet and IP's and such is the most confusing to me. But all my files are on my mac and though I knew they are not very compatible I thought that they shared a format, FAT32. However on trying to start moving my files I find that FAT32 can not move large files. So suddenly I am very stuck with over a TB of stuff to shift and now way to do it. I tried third party programs for my PC to read my external mac drive but non of them seemed to work.
Now I have fallen on the solution of connecting my mac and PC with a Ethernet cable and sharing over a network. This seems like a really good and fast way of doing it. I have read many descriptions and watched many videos and they all pretty much give the same set of instructions.
Control panel > Network and sharing centre. > Change adapter settings > Local area connection > autoconfigoration IP, note down the IP.
I share a folder, everyone and guest read/write
Then on the Mac, Go > Connect to Server > smb:// and my IP or my computer name. > Connect.
But the mac hgives me this "This server may not exist or is unavailable at this time" and if I brows for networks there are non showing, both ethernet ports work fine and the cable is sound.
I tried trouble shooting and
"Local Area Connection” dosen’t have a valid IP configuration
came up. I'm unsure if this is relavent but it dosnt sound too good.
I need to get this working before I can start using my computer so if anyone knows how or knows a good place to look that will give me a more complete description on how to understand setting up a network it would be much appreciated.
Edited by NeilCH, 24 April 2014 - 09:16 AM.