Mac OSX sharing pane shows weird PC server on my network.

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by ktolani, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. ktolani macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2008

    i have a macbook pro and a macbook air which i link together on my wireless network at home. i ussually screenshare both my macs. and the names for those macs appear on each other's sharing pane. (i.e my macbook pro's name on macbook air's sharing pane and vice versa)

    also, i have this "weird" pc server on my macbook air showing. under my mbp computer name. it is named as "macintosh-4". basically im sharing my macbook pro, and accessing screen sharing of my mbp from my macbook air.

    now, this "macintosh-4" does not appear on my macbook pro, only on my macbook air and any other macs which joins my network. i have found that if i turn sharing off in my macbook pro, my macbook pro dissapear from my macbookair's sharing pane, as well as the macintosh 4. when i turn that on again, my mbp appears and after few minutes, again macintosh-4 appear.

    i tried to get info on that & it shows as a pc server, and whn i get info on my mbp computer name, its showing mac server.

    i figure the problem is on my mbp, hv any of you guys out there experienced the same problem and know how to fix this? pls let me know. thnks.

    Ps- i have attached a pic of my macbook air's screenshot, on the sharing pane, it is showing my time capsule, my macbook pro (both names highligeted black) and the unknown macintosh 4.

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  2. Aea macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    Sometimes these can linger for days. If I open up finder and look under sharing I still see all coworker's macs but not the mac two feet away and connected.

    I wouldn't worry too much about it.
  3. 123walter macrumors member


    Jun 26, 2008
    Petersburg VA
    Extra servers?

    Did you ever solve this? I tried renaming my computer and it just gave me more servers, numbered in Macbook-Pro-2, Macbook-Pro, Macbook-Pro-3...and as you see here..macbook-pro.(lower case). Its not from another site. I have brought home servers from the library, before, but they usually went away inan hour or so.
    Ordinarily under "shared" I dont see my Macbook anyway. XPS is my windows desktop. I have two win desktops and they are usually there. One other thing, I have my win desktop dual configged for linux. If I boot into linux, then I dont see it at all.(Just a sidenote)
    I renamed my laptop to just plain Macbook, then my spotlight quit qworking?It still isnt working. I wonder if this server snafu and spotlight are related?
  4. wstraka macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2009
    Sharing with PC-Server

    I had the same problem until a few minutes ago. I have a MB Pro and a friend has a mac mini. I have boot camp installed on my MB Pro. My friend had created a sharing with the Boot Camp (as well as with the MB Pro). At any rate, take a look in the "Users" folder directly under "MacintoshHD". Look in the "Users" folder of the computer that shows up in the sharing pane, not the computer that has weird name showing. There should be a folder ("Shared") and the name of your computer--only. Don't worry about what is inside the "Shared" folder. If there is anything there other than the "Shared" folder and your computer name, delete it.

    As a precaution we went into the sharing settings and killed sharing for the mac mini (the computer that was showing up twice) and then re-configured the sharing.

    Hope this helps.

  5. 123walter macrumors member


    Jun 26, 2008
    Petersburg VA
    Went away

    I setup a new networking scheme. They went away. I think it comes from using wifis. Who knows? Apples seem to fix themselves.
  6. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Are any of the Macs not on Leopard, if not and they have Windows sharing enabled you see two machines...
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    they will come and go, i wouldnt really worry about it.. try a restart, if that doesnt work then just put up with it a bit more haha...

    for some ODD reason if i share my laptop with SMB capabilities my friends will have a PC version of mine show up in his finder for days..

    just a bug in finder i guess.

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