browse windows network

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
July 5, 2010 at 19:50:53
Specs: osx 10.4
i need to know how to browse a windows network on my macbook pro.

in windows you just go to my network places and all the shares come up automatically without entering an ip address.

in finder on my macbook pro only other mac shares come up.

i have enabled windows file sharing but to no avail.

i really want to be able to browse my lan without entering in ip addresses, surely there is a way to do this on a mac?

thanks for any help

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July 6, 2010 at 10:35:34
Windows uses a Protocol called NetBIOS. You need to add it to your MAC.

If you are using OSX which is Linux based then you should be able to use a Linux protocol called SMB to browse Windows Shares.

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July 6, 2010 at 11:05:10
A minor nitpick: OSX is not based on Linux. It is based on BSD, which is a Unix-like operating system. Linux, too, is Unix-like. But not all Unix-likes are Linux.

Also, SMB is a not a Linux protocol. It is a standard, cross-platform protocol. SAMBA is an implementation of the SMB protocol for Linux/Unix systems. Again, not Linux-specific.

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July 6, 2010 at 18:26:51
i tried installing smb with the directory access utility but its not in the list and i dont know how to add it, can anyone help?

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July 6, 2010 at 18:27:20
also this is a tcp ip network netbios is outdated now

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