I connect to my Windows computer with my MBP using Connect to Server (using smb://192.x.x.x).

For a reason I can't explain, it works well when I do it but if I close my laptop (meaning closing the screen, not turning power off) and reopen it, almost 90% of the time, I won't be able to access the remote computer.

The only way to solve the problem and be able to reconnect is to reboot the macbook. I use Snow Leopard.

Does anyone know a fix for this ?

Update: I forgot to say I see I'm still connected but I can't 'eject' the mount. I just does nothing.

  • Do you see any output in Console, perchance?
    – jtbandes
    Mar 22, 2012 at 21:27
  • I don't get what you mean with your question. Sorry.
    – Maxime
    Mar 22, 2012 at 21:29
  • Open Console from /Applications/Utilities, and see if anything looks relevant.
    – jtbandes
    Mar 22, 2012 at 21:29
  • Oh, now I get it. I'll try to replicate the problem again and see if I can find something there. Thank you.
    – Maxime
    Mar 22, 2012 at 21:37

2 Answers 2


Sometimes a network device may stay "connected" even though the connection isn't working properly. Try manually ejecting it from the Finder sidebar, if it appears there:

Then try connecting again with K.

If that doesn't work, this question on Super User suggests some more possible solutions.

  • Is the key combination the samething as clicking on 'eject' ? I updated my question to say the eject was not working. Thanks for the other link, I'll try it.
    – Maxime
    Mar 22, 2012 at 21:26

From the Terminal

mount | grep smb | awk {'print$3'} | xargs -t umount -f

This will forcibly unmount all smb mounted shares.

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