Host names between mac and pcs don't work

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by eddified, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. eddified macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
    I just got a macbook pro and I can't use hostnames between mac and pc's.

    If I try to ping the mac from the windows 7 (x64) machine:

    C:\Users\Eddie>ping Eddie-Mac
    Ping request could not find host Eddie-Mac. Please check the name and try again.

    Similar from the mac to windows 7.
    However, if I try and ping using IP addresses, it works perfectly fine.

    Yes, I have re-installed bonjour on the windows 7 box. At least, I believe I did -- trying to find a standaone bonjour installer is impossible. I went to "programs and features", clicked on bonjour, and uninstalled it. Then I ran apple software update, and it wanted to update itunes, safari, and quicktime, (it didn't mention bonjour). I let it update, and now Bonjour is back in the "programs and features" list so I can verify that bonjour was reinstalled. I have rebooted both machines.

    I don't know what to try next.
  2. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    nope their announced using different protocols. use their IP address.
  3. etchtech09 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2010
    To use bonjour you should be able to put a .local after the host name. ie. c:\ping mymacbookpro.local
  4. eddified thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
  5. eddified thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
    The secret all along was using ".local". Not only can I can use ".local" on the windows box (at the end of the mac machine name) to find the mac , I can also use it on the mac (at the end of the windows machine name) to find the windows machine.

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