Itunes playlists no show; 1st external hard drive second mac

very well gentlemen and ladies my cri de coeur concerns accessing my playlists on my new 2nd (and second-hand) mac. All my music is on a hd that mounts on mac2 and plays when click on hd song - BUT old playlists dont show on new mac itunes screen and songs dont appear on new itunes screen until clicked on hd. have consolidated libraries. have dragd to trash (but not yet cleared) old itunes music folder. should i trash (mac2 previous) xml file? should i copy old xml file from old mac which DOES show all the playlists etc - even though it cant paly them as they are on the hd - which is connected to the new mac! shall i go doh! itunes 6.0.4 on imac 800 (mac1), 200g music on lacie external hard drive, itunes 7.1.1 on powermac (mac2)

I thank u all for your input espec mark but also all the various posts in discussions generally. i am pleased to say i astounded myself by working it out (but no hubris here).the answer was to LEAVE the old 'iTunes Library' folder and the old xml file in the 'iTunes' folder on mac2 and then to copy to (subsequently) replace them with the original similar files from mac1 et voila everything - songs,tiles,dates,playlists etc all show up in new iTunes screen. how pleasant when ones aimiable bumblings work!

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