I have a friend who asked a question to which I have no answer, so now I'm turning to the pros. She has an older G4 400Mhz and wants to network it to a newer PC so she can transfer some stuff like jpeg files, etc. I told her I thought she might be able to connect them both using an ethernet cable and do it that way. They got this new PC built for them from pieces around Xmas time last year, so I couldn't begin to say what kind of PC it is, other than I know it's got a 2.something Ghz pentium 4 in it. Any thoughts on whether this connection will work for her? Does she need any additional software for either machine? Her older Mac has only a DVD ROM drive in it so she wants to be able to transfer files to the PC for CD burning. I told her she would probably be able to buy an inexpensive internal or external CD burner for the Mac but she doesn't want to spend any money on the older machine. I already asked her if she wants to buy a small FW drive and format it in FAT32 but again, she wants to do this on the cheap.
if she's got a non-os x mac, then it's going to pretty much be out of the question...if it's os x then she can create a small network and then use samba to connect the boxes...but that involves a hub of some sort. if she doesn't have that, then she might be sorta out of luck...
(you can connect 2 macs with a crossover cable, and same with 2 pcs, but by default a mac and a pc don't know how to talk to each other so well - that's what samba did, but that's software, and you're not likely to get it to work across a simple crossover connection... :-/
it's a good advice, though connecting a mac to pc through ethernet is fairly easy when yoy have os x .2 or higher. and the pc has windows xp
connect the computers with a crossover ethernet cable
make the pc network enabled (i believe this is the default)
In the mac go to system preferences choose network, choose built in ethernet, under the tab tcp/ip choose connect through or via DHCP and renew connection.
Important is that you have some patience because on a powerbook 800 it takes approx 10 seconds before the connection is established, then go to your network alias on the hard drive and you see that the sees that there is a server avaible. type the password of the pc and your done.
Easy File Sharing with Remote Macs and PCs
OS X's Personal Web Sharing feature is an easy way to share large files with Mac and PC users. The only software needed on the remote computers is a web browser. Here's how to use this handy OS X feature.
- Choose System Preferences from the Apple Menu and click Sharing. Under Services you'll see a list of available sharing options.
- Choose Personal Web Sharing and click Start.
- Make note of the address provided at the bottom of the window and close System Preferences. (The address will look something like http://10.180.75.99/~cmcveigh/)
- Return to the Finder and choose Go>Home. Find the Sites folder, open it and toss out the index.html file and the images folder (unless you've already created your own web page)
- Place the files you want to share with remote Macs and PCs into the Sites folder and send your address to the people who need access to your files. Voila, easy file sharing.
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