troubleshooting Question

MacBook not connecting to windows machine

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Hi guys, this one is driving me insane. I have a recent MacBook running OS X 10.5.6 which is connected to a time capsule through the wireless N. The time capsule is connected to a switch. I also have a Windows XP computer that is connected to the switch directly through gigabit ethernet. Most of the time I can connect to the shared folders on the Win XP box through the MacBook no problem. I can access the file, copy, etc.

Every now and then I cannot connect to the shares at all. I open up a finder window, click on the share name and... nothing. The little circle in the bottom right hand of the window just goes round and round, it says "Connecting..." at the top and nothing happens. I click on the "Connect As..." button on the finder windows and it doesn't bring up anything.

I have also tried to connect to the Win XP box by going to the Connect to Server through the Go menu on the finder, but this doesn't work either.

I can ping the IP address of the Win XP box. I can also access the Win XP shares through a virtual disk on the MacBook running under Parallels.

The only I can get the shares connecting through the MacBook when this happens is to restart the laptop - which is a real pain in the ass.

Any ideas? I'm at a loss to understand why this is happening.

Ugo Mena
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