I have an older MBP running the latest version of Lion. Up until about two or three days ago, I had no problems connecting to my shares on my Windows computer. It is running Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
The actual error message is
There was a problem connecting to the server "winmachine".
I can ping the address of my Windows machine from the MBP, and I have it set with a static IP (192.168.200.45). before I could command-k and type
smb://winmachine and it would connect straight away. I've also tried replacing
winmachine with the static IP address, but I get the same result.
Has anyone experienced this sort of issue or read about a fix somewhere? My GoogleFu seems to be weak right now.
Thanks everyone in advanced!
I found this link after some searching: http://fatwalr.us/2011/08/solution-to-my-smb-connection-problem-in-lion/ but of the majority of the command string is blurred so it doesn't do me much good. So far all I have deciphered is
mount -t smbfs < unintelligible > < mac-side share path >
My first attempt was
mount -t smbfs //winmachine/multimedia /volumes/multimedia, but that gave an error:
mount: realpath /Volumes/Multimedia: No such file or directory
After fiddling with terminal a bit, I got a different error:
mount_smbfs: server connection failed: Cannot allocate memory. So after a bit more Googling, I came across an apple forum thread that had this Microsoft KB article link. I went into the registry on my windows machine, and the registry keyword the KB article indicated was not present. I put it in there, set its value to 15 (it did not have a default value after being created, as the article stated), and rebooted. Once the windows machine came up, I was still unable to connect to it from my MBP using command+k and
smb://winmachine. HOWEVER, when I used
smb://192.168.200.45 it was able to connect. Strange things, computers.
I am not going to put this as the answer to my question just yet, since the result I am looking for is to be able to connect to it like before with the machine name. For the time being, however, I am happy that I can connect to the shares again.