Installing OS X on Acer Aspire One: The Definitive Guide

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As many before me have done and many after will no doubt attempt, installing Mac OS X on a non-Apple piece of hardware is often a challenge where I suspect more fail then succeed.

I personally have successfully achieved this more than once and have sought to document the process that I succeeded with in as much detail as possible so that those attempting this can also succeed and hopefully contribute to this article by sharing their experiences.

This guide is all about getting Mac OS X onto your Acer Aspire One netbook (but could be used for many different netbooks potentially).  I’m using the A150L model which has 1GB RAM and a 120GB hard disk but any of the Aspire Ones should work perfectly without deviating from any steps in this guide.

In this guide I’m installing from an 8GB thumb drive but you could use an external DVD drive and boot from DVD instead.

I will document this guide with as many screenshots and as much detail as possible and perhaps even a screenshow or two for the really tricky parts.

If you run into problems, there’s a massive community out there willing to provide suggestions or alternatives so just leave a comment and see how it goes!

And finally before you get going, good luck and hopefully in and hour or so you’ll have a (practically) fully functional Hackintosh!

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What You’ll Need/Required Downloads

OK, here’s your shopping list.

Hopefully you’ve already got most if not all of the hardware and just need to download the software.

  • 1 x Acer Aspire One or your choice of Intel/AMD SSE2 hardware
    • You’re gonna wipe the drive on this baby so make sure there’s nothing you want to keep on it’s hard drive
    • We can however preserve the restore partition during this procedure so you can restore the AA1 to it’s original Windows or Linux preload if you like.
  • 1 x USB Thumb Drive (minimum 8GB)
  • 1 x working MAC to create the bootable thumb drive
    • It’s also possible to create the bootable thumb drive using Windows but I haven’t documented that yet!

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  • 1 x blank DVD (optional)
    • This is only required if:
      • you have problems creating the USB Thumb drive and receive errors when Restoring the iDeneb ISO file to the thumb drive or
      • you would prefer to boot the Acer netbook using a DVD and an external USB DVD drive
  • 1 x DVD burner (optional)
    • If you need the blank DVD as above then I’m assuming you also have the DVD burner, right?
  • 1 x ISO File
    • iDeneb v1.1 10.5.4 – Universal for Intel/AMD with support for SSE2
      • I cannot provide you with a download link for obvious reasons but you shouldn’t have much problem finding it.  (Googling would be a good start.)
      • When you’re downloading this save it to your Mac’s Desktop so we can get to it easily when required
  • Chameleon Bootloader
  • Diablo’s iDeneb 1.4 Tools
  • Extra.zip
  • PC_EFI V10.1 Bootloader
  • ShutdownSound
    • This is used to fix a kernel panic when shutting down the AA1 when running on batteries
    • Download here
  • IOSDHCIBlockDevice.kext
    • This is to enable the Card Reader (SD)
    • Download here
  • Some patience, a little intelligence and a pinch of nerdiness
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Stage 1 – Creating Bootable Thumb Drive

Pre-requisites For This Stage

  • ISO file downloaded and on the desktop
  • Working MAC booted up and at the desktop
  • USB Thumbdrive inserted
  • Chameleon Bootloader downloaded and extracted to a folder on your Desktop
  • PC_EFI V10.1 Bootloader download and on your Desktop
  • Extra.zip downloaded and Extra folder extracted to your Desktop

Steps For This Stage

Warning:

  • You are following these steps at your own risk. 
  • You can and possibly will destroy all data on the netbook at some point in this install so back it up if it contains valuable files!

Step 1 – Partition The USB Thumb Drive

  1. Open Disk Utility
    • Click Go > Utilities > Disk Utility
  2. On the left side, select your USB Thumb Drive
  3. Click the Partition tab on the right
  4. Under Volume Scheme select 1 Partition
  5. Click Options button
  6. Select Master Boot Record > Click OK
  7. On the right, enter a name for your Volume – I’m using MacBoot
  8. In the Format drop down field select Mac OS Extended
  9. Click Apply button
  10. When asked Are You Sure?, click the Partition button if you are sure.

Step 2 – Restore The ISO File To The USB Thumb Drive

    1. Still in Disk Utility, click the Images menu and then click Scan Images For Restore…
    2. Browse to where you saved your ISO file (mine’s on the Desktop), select it and click Scan
    3. At this point, one of two things will happen:
      • Your scan will be successful in which case you can proceed below when it’s complete
        OR
      • You will get an error message saying Unable to scan “filename.iso.” (Invalid Argument).   If you get this error message then skip down to the Troubleshooting section at the bottom of this page.
    4. When you scan is complete, highlight your newly created partition on your thumb drive on the left hand side of Disk Utility
    5. Click the Restore tab on the right
    6. Drag your thumb drive partition from the left side (mines called MacBoot) into the Destination field on the right
    7. Drag your ISO file from the Desktop (or browse for it if you prefer by clicking the Image button) into the Source field on the right side
    8. Select Erase Destination checkbox
    9. Click Restore and Restore again

At this point, one of two things will happen

Your Restore process will chug away happily for a little while (enough time to get a coffee, believe me) and you can continue with the steps when it’s finished

OR

You will  receive an error message such as: Restore Failure.  Could not find any scan information…If you get this error message then skip down to the Troubleshooting section at the bottom of this page.

Step 3 – Make The Thumb Drive Bootable

Terminal Diskutil List Command

  1. If you haven’t already done, close Disk Utility but leave your Thumb Drive inserted
  2. Open Terminal.  You can find this in Applications > Utilities
  3. Type diskutil list and press enter.  You will see something similar to image below.
  4. Take a note of the number of the disk under the IDENTIFIER column as circled in red below.  As you can see, mine is 1 (One) (i.e disk1 and disk1s1)
  5. Now you need to change directory into the i386 directory which is inside the Chameleon directory that you extracted to your Desktop.  You can do this by issuing the cdcommand and typing the remainder of the path which would be something like:
    • cd /Users/your_username/Desktop/Chameleon-2.0-RC2-r640-bin/i386
    • Tip! A quick and easy way to do this in Mac OS X is to type cd and then simply drag the i386 folder (yes using your mouse) right into the Terminal window and releasing the mouse button.  It will fill in the correct path for you.  Isn’t Mac wonderful 🙂
    • When you’ve entered the correct cd command, hit Enter.
  6. Now enter the following commands and be sure to swap the items in red with the correct ones from your system as discussed in step 4 above and press Enter after each.  You may be asked to enter your password.  Just enter it and press Enteragain.
    • sudo fdisk -f boot0 -u -y /dev/rdisk1
    • sudo dd if=boot1h of=/dev/rdisk1s1
    • sudo cp /Users/your_username/Desktop/boot /Volumes/MacBoot
  7. Close Terminal
  8. Back on your Desktop, you should have downloaded and extracted Extra.zip.
    • If not go back to the “What You’ll Need” stage of this article and download it.
  9. Now copy the Extra folder (a simple drag n’ drop is fine) from the Desktop into the root directory of your Thumb Drive
  10. That’s it!  Mac OS X Bootable USB Thumb Drivecreated.
    • Make sure it looks similar to the image below.  The most important of folders being highlighted in red.

Mac OS X Bootable USB Thumb Drive

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Stage 2 – Booting From The Thumb Drive & Installing OS X

Pre-requisites For This Stage

  • Bootable USB Thumb Drive (or bootable DVD if you prefer) has been successfully created

Steps For This Stage

Warning: You are following these steps at your own risk.  You can and possibly will destroy all data on the netbook at some point in this install so back it up if it contains valuable files!

Step 1 – Boot Up & Begin Install

  1. Make sure the netbook is switched off but connected to mains power.
  2. Insert your USB Thumb Drive into the Acer Aspire One
  3. Switch on the netbook
  4. When you see the Acer splash screen press F12
  5. When presented with the Boot Menu, select your USB Thumb Drive and press Enter.  It should be list as USB HDD: …
  6. Now you should see the Acer booting from the Thumb Drive with a nice Apple boot screen.  Let it boot as far as the language selection screen
  7. Select your language and press Enter
  8. At the Welcome screen, click Utilities and then Disk Utility
  9. In Disk Utility, you should see your Acer’s hard-disk in the left pane.  Mine is partitioned into two partitions, one for the OS and one for the recovery partition.  In this guide I will leave the recovery partition intact.
  10. Select the larger of the two partitions (mine’s name disk0s1) and click Erase tab on the right
  11. Select Mac OS Extended in the Volume Format field
  12. Enter a name for your partition
  13. Click Erase.. button and the Erase again.
  14. When complete, quit Disk Utility (Alt+Q)
  15. Back at the Welcome screen, click Continue, Agree
  16. At Select a Destination screen select the partition/volume you just erased and click Continue
  17. At Install Summary screen click Customize
  18. On the Customize screen select iDeneb Essentials and Netbook > Acer Aspire One A150
    • Note: These options will be different depending on the iDeneb release you are using.  Try to get the very latest!
  19. Click Done
  20. Click Install
  21. Get Coffee

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Stage 3 – Post-installation Steps

Pre-requisites For This Stage

Steps For This Stage

Step 1 – First Boot After Install

  1. On the first boot after the installation process is complete you will see the words Darwin boot. If you miss them first time don’t worry, just power off and back on again. When you do see them press ANY key. (don’t ask me where the ANY key is Homer)
  2. Type -x and press Enter
  3. Mac OS X will now boot in Safe Mode. Enter personal information, skip registration
  4. Select keyboard preferences
  5. Create your user account and password
  6. On the Acer, when you have reached the Mac Desktop for the first time, insert the USB Thumb Drive with Diablo’s iDeneb Tools on it
  7. Copy diab.zip or diablosideneb14.zip (depending which one you downloaded) from the USB Thumb Drive to the Desktop and extract it by double clicking the file. You should now have a folder on the Desktop.
  8. Open the folder and double click DoNotSleep.mpkg. Follow the install steps until completion.
  9. Now double click GMA950.pkg. Follow the install steps until completion.
  10. Now copy OSX86Tools from the folder onto your Desktop.
  11. Delete the folder.
  12. Remove the USB Thumb Drive and restart the Acer Aspire One

Step 2 – Enabling Quartz GL using OSX86Tools

  1. After the restart when you are on your Desktop in normal mode, double click OSX86Tools
  2. In the top left of the window, click Enable/Disable Quartz GL
  3. Enter your password if prompted
  4. In the next pop-up window click Enable Quartz GL
  5. Restart the Acer Aspire One

Step 3 – Repair Permissions

  1. After the restart when you are on your Desktop in normal mode, double click OSX86Tools
  2. Place a checkmark in the Repair Permissions check box
  3. Click OK to the confirmation
  4. Restart the Acer Aspire One

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Stage 4 – Wireless (WiFi) Card

Overview

As far as I can tell, this is a lottery and depends what Wireless card you got with your model of Acer Aspire One.

My Acer Aspire One is the AOA150-AW and it comes with the Atheros AR5BXB6 and it does NOT work no matter what I do.

So, this stage will document the steps you need to take to replace the wireless card with a reliable, known compatible card for Mac OS X.  Believe me, this will save you hours of wasted time, frustration and heartache and for a meagre few dollars.

You can get a reliable Mac OS X compatible card on eBay very cheaply!

Prerequisites for this Stage

  1. Do some homework (i.e. googling) and find a card that will be reliable and stable in your netbook.  A good place to start is by checking the HCL on osx86project.  Here’s the link:  Hardware Compatibility List.
  2. If you were to ask me what card I recommend, I would choose the BCM94321MC by Broadcom.  This Wireless card is shipped by Apple in some of their Mac Pro’s and is the one I use and it has never let me down once and required zero effort to install.   Literally plug n’ play (oh how MS does that sound!)
  3. When you have found your card of choice, ordered it and opened the box you now need to get under your Acer Aspire One’s hood and replace the card.  Here’s the instructions:

Steps for this Stage

  1. Turn your Acer Aspire One upside down and lay flat on a solid surface
  2. Remove the battery
  3. Under the battery, remove the three small screws
  4. Carefully peel back the two black rubber feet to the left and right of the battery area
  5. Remove the screws that are under the black rubber feet
  6. Remove the three screws at the opposite side of the case i.e. towards the front of the machine
  7. Flip the AA1 back over and open the screen
  8. There are three plastic tabs at the top of the keyboard – Above the F2, F8 and Pause/Break keys.  Carefully, push these tabs inward with something small and pointy and at the same time gently lever the keyboard upwards by getting under the Esc key.
  9. Once you raised the keyboard enough to get under it properly, gently go around the edges and release the whole thing.  Be careful not to lift it too far as there is a ribbon cable beneath it connecting it to the netbook’s motherboard.
  10. Once the keyboard released, lift the small black tab on the ribbon cable connector.  Release the ribbon cable.  Set the keyboard aside.
  11. Release the small black tab on the tiny ribbon cable connecting the mouse pad.
  12. Remove 6 screws.  2 on the left, 2 towards the middle and 2 on the right.
  13. Once removed, you need to gently leaver the main casing off.  I did this by getting my finger under the left corner and working my way around.
  14. Once removed, the wireless card is at ooo 6 o’clock-ish… it’s the little card with two wires stuck onto it and it has one screw.  Remove the screw and disconnect the two wires.  They should just pop off easily.
  15. Now reverse all steps to install the new card you have.

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Stage 5 – Card Reader (SD Only)

Pre-requisites For This Stage

Steps For This Stage

  1. Open Finder and browse to
    • /System/Library/Extensions
  2. Locate the file IOSDHCIBlockDevice.kext and move it to the trash (enter password if requested)
  3. Now drag the file IOSDHCIBlockDevice.kext (the one you downloaded from above) from your Desktop into the /System/Library/Extensions folder
  4. Click Authenticate (if asked)
  5. Enter your password (if asked)
  6. Click Applications > Terminal
  7. Enter the following and press enter:
    • sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/IOSDHCIBlockDevice.kext
  8. Enter your password (if asked)
  9. Shutdown
  10. Insert an SD card
  11. Start your AA1 and your SD Card should appear mounted on the desktop
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Troubleshooting

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Disk Utility Error Message – “Unable to scan “filename.iso” (Invalid argument)”

Disk Utility Unable To Scan (Invalid Argument)

If you receive this error then try creating a DVD from the ISO image that you are trying to scan.

You can do this by clicking the Burn button at the top of Disk Utility, inserting a blank DVD, selecting your ISO file from the Desktop (or wherever you have it) and clicking Burn.

This will create a DVD version of your ISO file. This DVD will be bootable and if you have an external DVD drive you may plug it into the Acer Aspire and forget about the thumb drive.

Alternatively, if you want to continue with the Thumb Drive option then finish burning your DVD, go back up to Step 2 above (Restore procedure) and instead of dragging your ISO file in to the Source field, drag the DVD drive from the left side and continue the rest of the steps.

If it still doesn’t work then create a new ISO File from the DVD you just made by clicking the New Image button in Disk Utility and then when that’s created drag this new ISO File into the Source field instead during the Restore procedure.

Disk Utility Error Message – Restore Failure. Could not find any scan information. The source image needs to be imagescanned before it can be restored.

If you receive the above message it means you need to scan your ISO or DMG file before performing the Restore procedure.

You can do this by clicking the Images menu, clicking Scan Image for Restore…, select the image click Scan.

When it’s finished, try the Restore procedure again.

HOWTO: Set The Default Program To Open Certain File Types in Mac OS X (EG: jpg, gif, etc)

Mac OS X Open With...Description

It can be quite annoying when you double click a file and it opens a program you don’t want or expect.

This HOWTO article describes the simple process of setting the default program on your Mac that opens any file type.
You’ll mostly want to open pictures such as jpg, gif, etc with a certain program but you can apply this solution to almost any file type.

Symptoms

  • When you double click a particular file or type of file in Finder or from your desktop the wrong program opens the file
  • You are presented with a dialog box saying There is no default application specified to open the document….

Explanation

In OSX, most files have an extension which is usually 3 characters long. For example, some common picture files are usually .jpg, .gif, .tif and .png. Files with these extensions will behave in one of two ways when double clicked –

  1. Launch a program associated with the file extension OR
  2. OSX will prompt you with the message: There is no default application specified to open the document…

The solutions below will discuss both situations and how to select or change the desired program that launches your file.

Solution 1 – Change Registered File Type

  1. In Finder or from your Desktop, right click or CTRL+Click on the file that you want to change the launch program for
  2. Click Get Info. The info box will appear
  3. The fourth section down from General is the Open With... section. Click the down arrow on the field in this section and either choose an application or select Other to browse for an application elsewhere on your Mac.
  4. When you have selected an application you can either close the Info box and this will just make the selected file open with your chosen application or you can click the Change All… button.
  5. If you click the Change All.. button you will then be asked for confirmation that you want all similar documents to open with your chosen application. Click Continue if this is what you want.
  6. Close the Info box and you’re done!

Solution 2 – Use ‘Open With…’ Context Menu Option

  1. In Finder or from your Desktop, right click or CTRL+Click on the file that you want to change the launch program for
  2. Select Open With and then select Other…
  3. When the Choose Application dialog appears locate the application you want to use for opening the selected file type and then place a check mark in the box Always Open With
  4. Click Open
  5. Your file will open in your chosen application and the selected file will always open with that application from now on
Mac OS X Finder: Open With.... Context Menu

Mac OS X Finder: Open With.... Context Menu

A helpful tip. This method will only change the default launch program for the selected file and not all files of the same type. For all files, use Solution 1 above.

HOWTO: Access Windows files from an Apple MAC over the Network (Part 3)

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This is Part 3 of a 3 part tutorial on HOWTO set up both your Windows PC and your Apple Mac to allow you to access a shared folder on your Microsoft Windows PC from your Apple MAC. If you’ve landed here by mistake and are looking for Part 1 or Part 2 then click a link below.

HOWTO: Access Windows files from an Apple MAC over the Network (Part 1)

HOWTO: Access Windows files from an Apple MAC over the Network (Part 2)

HOWTO: Access Windows files from an Apple MAC over the Network (Part 3)


This HOWTO explains how to access your Windows files from an Apple Mac. If you are looking for the opposite, ie. you’re trying to access your Apple Mac from your Windows PC then try this article:

HOWTO: Share your Mac OS files with Windows over the Network

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Solutions Below….

Solutions

Step 3 – Connect and Add Shortcut

If you’ve gotten this far then you’re nearly there.

On your MAC:

  1. Open your Finder and click Go > Connect to Server
  2. In the Server Address field, enter the following:
  3. smb://10.0.0.195/Shared

    !Remember! Substitute 10.0.0.195 for your own IP Address and Shared for your own Shared Folder as detailed in Parts 1 & 2 of this tutorial!

    Apple Mac OS X Server Address SMB

  4. You should now be prompted for Login information as per screenshot below
  5. Apple Mac OS X Network Logon Box

  6. You must enter the username and password that you setup in Windows in Part 2 of this tutorial
  7. At this point, your MAC should connect to your PC and a window should open automatically displaying all of the files in the folder you shared on the Mac
  8. After it opens you can optionally drag the Share into the sidebar of your Finder for quick access.

If it doesn’t work, here’s a few pointers –

  • Temporarily disable the firewall on both your Mac & PC to see if that’s blocking it
  • Double check your TCP/IP settings
  • Go back over the steps and make sure username, password, shared folder, etc are all correct
  • Leave a comment below and we’ll see if we can sort it
Please Comment! Add your comments below if this solved your issue or if you found that your setup was different. Please let us know your versions and what exactly you were doing when you had this issue so that we can update this solution and help others with the same problem.

HOWTO: Access Windows files from an Apple MAC over the Network (Part 2)

Description

This is Part 2 of a 3 part tutorial on HOWTO set up both your Windows PC and your Apple Mac to allow you to access a shared folder on your Microsoft Windows PC from your Apple MAC.

If you’ve landed here by mistake and are looking for Part 1 or Part 3 then click a link below.

 

This HOWTO explains how to access your Windows files from an Apple Mac. If you are looking for the opposite, ie. you’re trying to access your Apple Mac from your Windows PC then try this article: HOWTO: Share your Mac OS files with Windows over the Network Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

 

Step 2 – Windows File & Print Sharing

Now that you have verified that you can ping the Windows PC from your Mac, you will need to enable File & Print Sharing on the Windows PC and optionally add a user. On the PC:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts
  2. Click Create a new account
  3. Enter a name for the account and click Next >
  4. Select Limited as the Account Type and click Create Account
  5. Back on the User Accounts screen, select the new user you just created and click Change the Password
  6. Enter a password for the new user account and click Change Password
  7. Close the User Accounts window
  8. Click Start > Control Panel > Network Connections
  9. Locate your network connection which will more than likely be something similar to either Wireless Network Connection or Local Area Network Connection
  10. Right click on your network connection and the click Properties
  11. In the section, This connection uses the following items: place a check mark in ‘File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks’
  12. Click OK
  13. Back at your desktop, Right Click on My Computer and then click Manage
  14. Click the + (plus) beside Shared Folders
  15. Click Shares once to highlight it
  16. On the right hand side, right click in the white empty area and then click New File Share…
  17. The Create A Shared Folder Wizard should start. ClickNext on the welcome screen
  18. On the Set Up A Shared Folder screen click Browse… and select a folder of your choice from your Windows PC to share. This is the folder you will see when you connect to the PC from the MAC
  19. Give it a Share name and Share description and click Next >
  20. On the Shared Folder Permissions screen, select Customize permissions and the click the Custom… button
  21. By default Everyone will have full permissions. Deselect the 3 check boxes (Full control, Change and Read) in the Permissions for Everyone pane.
  22. Now click the Add.. button
  23. Type the name of the user account you added in steps 1 to 7 above and click Check Names followed by OK
  24. Back in the Customize Permissions window, select the user account you just added by clicking on it once and the select the 3 check boxes (Full control, Change and Read) in the lower pane.
  25. Click OK
  26. Click Next and then Finish to complete the Shared Folder Wizard

At this point, you have verified that your Mac & PC can communicate at the basic level (ping) and that Windows is now setup for File & Print sharing with a user and a shared folder.  Proceed to Part 3.

HOWTO: Access Windows files from an Apple MAC over the Network (Part 1)

Share Files From Windows To MacDescription

This HOWTO explains the steps involved in setting up both your Windows PC and your Mac to allow you to access a shared folder on your Windows PC from your Mac.

 

One of the big challenges user’s experience when in a mixed Mac & PC environment is the task of sharing files over a network.

 

This tutorial is targeted at users who want to access files that are stored on a Windows PC that is on the same network or LAN as the Mac.

Although the instructions assume that Windows XP is being used on the PC, it can easily be adopted for Windows Vista or Windows 7.

 

This is Part 1 of 3. If you’re looking for Part 2 or 3 they’re linked below.

 

 

This HOWTO explains how to access your Windows files from an Apple Mac. If you are looking for the opposite, ie. you’re trying to access your Apple Mac from your Windows PC then try this article: HOWTO: Share your Mac OS files with Windows over the Network Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

 

Symptoms

  • When attempting to connect to a Windows PC from Mac OSX using ‘Go > Connect to Server‘ it says ‘Connecting to….‘ for anything up to a minute before showing the error:

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.

  • When attempting to connect to a Windows PC from Mac OSX using ‘Go > Connect to Server‘ you are asked to enter a user name and password but cannot successfully log in.

 

Explanation

It can be a bit tricky setting up both Mac & PC to talk harmoniously. Following these steps you should be able to achieve the following:

 

  • Setup Windows ‘File and Print Sharing’ service over your network on your Windows PC
  • Connect to the Windows PC using the Mac OS X Finder > Go > Connect to Server method which will allow you to read and write to files located on your Windows PC
  • Create a shortcut to the Windows share in your Mac sidebar

 

Solution

Assumptions:

  • You are using Microsoft Windows XP on the PC
  • You are using Apple Mac OSX v10.5 (Leopard) on the Mac
  • The Mac & the PC are connected to the same network (LAN)

 

Whilst this tutorial is based on the assumptions above the principal is the same for other versions and so should work with different versions of both Windows and Mac OS. If you’re stuck, leave a comment below.

 

Step 1 – Verify Basic Network Connectivity between PC & Mac

 

On the PC:

  1. Click Start > Run
  2. Type cmd > Click OK
  3. At the command prompt type the following and press ENTER:
  4. ipconfig

  5. You should now see something similar to below. Take a note of your IP Address.

For the rest of this HOWTO when I mention 10.0.0.195, you must replace it with your own IP Address. If you’re stuck, leave a comment below.

On the MAC:

  1. Click your Spotlight (top right corner) and type Terminal and hit Enter to open Terminal. It should be the Top Hit. If not, locate it in your Applications
  2. Type ping 10.0.0.195 and hit Enter (replace with your own IP Address of your Windows PC)
  3. You should see lots of lines going down the terminal window beginning with “64 bytes from 10.0.0.195…
  4. If you see a successful reply then good. You have the basic connectivity required. Now go to Part 2 of this guide
  5. If you see any other message then you have connectivity problems. Go through the following checklist:
  • Subnet: The Subnet Mask must be the same on both Mac & PC
    • In the screenshot above, the Subnet Mask is 255.255.255.0. Open your Network settings on your Mac by clicking Apple > System Preferences > Network > Advanced…
    • As you can see in the screenshot below, the Subnet Mask on my Mac is also 255.255.255.0

  • Firewall: Your Windows Firewall could be blocking your pings. A quick and easy way to test this is to temporarily disable the firewall
    • For Windows built in firewall you do this through Control Panel > Windows Firewall > Off
    • For 3rd party firewalls like Symantec, Kaspersky, McAfee, etc you usually right click the little icon down in the Systray near the clock and choose Disable or something to that effect.

 

Be sure to re-enable your firewall afterwards!

If your firewall is blocking access then you will need to add the Mac’s IP Address as Trusted. That’s another topic that is too big to document here just now. Please post a comment below if you’re really stuck and I’ll try to help you one-to-one.

When you’ve successfully pinged your Windows PC from your Mac then proceed to Part 2.