Can you change the name of the computer?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ChrisBoven, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. ChrisBoven macrumors member

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    Is it possible to change the name of a computer (Not just the account name) without reinstalling the OS?

    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  2. dew macrumors newbie

    dew

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    Yeah you can, go to your system preferences and then to sharing, it should say computer name at the top, just type in whatever you'd like. Hope that helps!
     
  3. ChrisBoven thread starter macrumors member

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    ooo yes this did work thanks! Also is it possibe to change the short name of your account. I'm unable to select it on mine.
     
  4. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68000

    Mr_Brightside_@

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    Try going to Finder> "Macintosh Hard Drive"> Users> "Your User" and double click the name you want to change, it should let you rename it like with any other thing that you would double click to edit.
     
  5. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Don't do this! It's not quite as easy as it appears. There are a few hacks out there on MacOSXhints etc but this isn't one of them!

    There's information and a script on this site on how to do this but read the caveats very carefully.
     
  6. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68000

    Mr_Brightside_@

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    I know there can be problems, but I did it once and everything was fine aftwerwards, i didnt lose any prefs or anything..
     
  7. disconap macrumors 68000

    disconap

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    Triple bold that last statement. It messes with your user something fierce.
     
  8. CoMpX macrumors 65816

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    tell me about it. I did this on the first day I got my new iBook after I transfered everything from my mini. Youch...I wound up just reinstalling the OS so I didn't have to deal with it. What a mess. You would think that Apple would stop you from making such damaging changes so easily.
     
  9. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68000

    Mr_Brightside_@

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    but... nothing happened to me when i did it...
     

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