My friend has three iMacs that he got for his office (400Mhz Blueberry, DV and Tangerine). He's trying to network all three together. The Tangerine iMac activates file sharing withing five seconds once you "Start" File Sharing. The other two seem to be crunching away and won't become active until about 10 minutes. We went through all the settings and can't find anything. On the DV iMac, I did a clean install from scratch, updated it to 9.2.2 and still the same thing. Checking all the networking extensions, I find that Open Transport is version 7.9.2 while the Tangerine is 8.2.8. Having updated the DV and Blueberry iMacs to 9.2.2, they both still have 7.9.2 of Open Transport. Why the updater won't update them I don't know. I'll probably copy the newer Open Transport extensions to the other two iMacs and try again. Spend the latter part of the day trying to to start file sharing quickly to no avail. Why it wouldn't start up quickly on a clean install is the big question.
OS X is installed on all three machines on the same drive. My friend will migrate to OS X soon but at this time wants to be on 9.
If anyone has any suggestions, they're much appreciated.