geeky thing #13 – back to my mac…

February 17, 2008 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

One of the cooler things with the upgrade to Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard) is the “Back to my Mac” feature that allows you to easily access your home (or work) computer from your laptop.  At least that is the promise.  I have had a few issues with this upgrade, with this being the most irritating.  (one of the troubles of being an early adopter…rule #1 – don’t get the first rounds of a new software…)

After a number of frustrating attempts – here is the solution that worked for me (which doesn’t mean it is for everyone)
  • First , I had to update my airport wireless router to the new extreme.
  • Even after following the instructions of software installation, it didn’t seem to work.  (My G5 Mac Pro tower is on ethernet, my laptop is wireless) 
  • With a paper clip, I reset the airport, unplugged the router and the airport, and went back in to the airport utility (finder > go > utilities > airport utility.app
After much frustration and a visit to the genius bar at the apple store, a call to my internet cable co, and apple help, I finally found a solution that worked for me.  (this comes from a discussion thread, and a guy in Canada named Philippe)
1 – Signout .mac at work/home
2 – Uncheck the screen sharing in the sharing pref pane
3 – Uncheck the file sharing in the sharing pref pane
4 – Open Keychain and seach for .mac
5 – Delete every certificates, password, network password, everything relative to .mac or iDisk
6 – Click on the type row header in the keychain window and find 2 more item with a .mac type that the search didn’t find and delete them
7 – Restart my computer
8 – Try to click on the iDisk icon in the finder and have a «webdav unable to connect» type of message. This is important. If you can connect with your iDisk, something left in the keychain and BTMM will not work (you will have to redo the step 4 more carefuly). 
9 – Open .mac pref pane and login
10 – Restart BTMM if it was off
11- Check screensharing and filesharing in the Sharing pref pane
12 – Sync (I seem to have syncing problems now at work)
13 – This morning BTMM work the two ways!!!

I hope it will help you all.

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