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MacbookPro can't see Windows 7 Workgroup Computer Over Wireless Network

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Can't seem to find an answer to my problem elsewhere, so I must ask.  I am new to Mac and there may be a simple solution that I am not aware of, but here goes.

Just bought a new MacBook Pro.  Trying o use my old laptop (PC with Windows 7 Professional) as a file server for external USB hard drive using a home workgroup.  Both computers use wireless network using a Netgear WirelessN access point and both using using the default workgroup name WORKGROUP.

The Mac has Windows 7 Ultimate installed on a bootcamp drive (Had to be done for work reasons - sorry).  When I am in Mac OSX, the PC shares do not show up.  If I try to find the PC manually by entering the IP in the Connect to server option, I get an error that the connection failed because either the server does not exist or is unavailable.

If I boot the Mac to the bootcamp (Windows) drive, I can see the network shares fine and can read and write correctly to them.

Any ideas how to make the Mac OSX work?
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See if this tutorial helps:  http://www.ifelix.co.uk/tech/3024.html

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Also, instead of typing in just the IP address of the Windows computer, type in:  smb://IPAddress

or smb://IPAddress/sharename
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by:gboo19
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Thanks Strung.  Went through step by step on the tutorial link.  Other than various differences between Vista and Windows 7 and between the tutorial version of Mac OS and my version of Snow Leopard, all settin gs match.  I get to the connect to server and get the same error.  I did find the problem here.  My Mac wants to start with smb://\\ and have me type the IP after the \\.  When I remove the "\\" and just do smb://xx.xx.xx.xx, it works fine.  Not sure why it wanted to add the extra "\\" after the smb://, but all works now.  Thanks for your quick response!
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