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Old Oct 22, 2009, 11:40 PM   #1
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File sharing & Wifi on 10.6 - computer name keeps changing

I'm running 10.6.1 on my MBP Mid-2007... I have a WinXP desktop at home which I use over ethernet (no wireless) to access files off my MBP.

But I've noticed something annoying... when I travel and connect to a wireless network, OS X changes my computer name on the MBP to reflect the local IP the machine takes on when it connects to that network (e.g. at the moment, I'm at my mate's place on his Wifi network, and my computer name has been changed to 192-168-1-5)...

The problem is, WinXP accesses network shares on the basis of the computer name, so when it changes like this, the network share is no longer accessible unless I manually re-map the network share for the new name...

Why does OS X do this and can it be stopped? I never had this problem with Leopard...
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