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OSX 10.3 disconnecting from NT 4 server

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I aquired some G5s a little while ago and put them on the network. They connect and run fine I can print and conect to mac shares etc... no noticible issues except that two of the macs seem to constantly disconnect from the servers, and any open server-based files can not be saved afterwards.

Any ideas?
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by:nickphipps
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OS version 10.3.3
Setup is the same as the other G5s yet the two in question also have various dns issues and difficulty on the internet as well.
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by:weed
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What are the various DNS issues?
Run Cocktail on them lately? versiontracker.com
Are they all behind the same router/hub/switch?
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by:nickphipps
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What is cocktail.
I am not terribly familiar with macs and their utils.
it is not the hardware... they seem to disconnect when idle.
By disconnect, I mean that the connection fails and the share connection disapears from the desktop
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We had the same problem with G4s and OS 10.3.x.  The problem was everytime the machine goes into sleep mode it not only turns off the monitor but all functionality of the machine including the NIC and thus the connection is lost.  There is a setting that you can set this to never and only set the monitor to sleep.
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by:weed
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Cocktail is a utility. Get it at versiontracker.com. Cleans out old cache files etc.
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weed: will try doing a cleanup with cocktail, however these machines are less then 2 months old.

cntrlphreek: the machine doesn't go to sleep, but the screen saver becoming active seems to trigger it. Perhaps it is powering down the NIC. Presumably there is a power control panel in settings.
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cntrlphreek earned 125 total points
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Go to System Preferences
Under Energy Saver
The first tab is Sleep
The first bar says above it:
Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive for:
Change that to never.

It solved the problem for us.
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the user had forgotten to mention that the problem happened after the machine had gone to sleep. Aparently that counts as "nothing happened... it just disconnected"
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by:weed
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Doesnt matter how old they are. It matters whether theyve been set up well, and how much use/abuse theyve gotten.
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the issue is solved... drop it. you didn't provide the answer controlfreak did
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Who are you talking to and what's with the attitude?
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