Macbook Pro 2011 showing computer name as "ipad" in Terminal.

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by St3b, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. St3b macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2012
    So I use terminal and command line for a lot of things so I keep it in my dock, I noticed at some point that the where it says computername:~ UserName$ it shows the computer name as "ipad". not at all sure what could be causing this but I have also noticed that it is not all the time, only sometimes. Could my home network be causing this? or school network? If you have seen this before or know of the possible issue please let me know!

    Thanks, St3b
  2. Major.Robto macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2012
    Whats your computers name under the share panel in system pref?
  3. alexreich macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2011
    I know that there is a way to change the name via command line, but I doubt you did that because you don't know how it got there. If I were you I'd start googling for a way to change the computer name via Terminal.
  4. St3b thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2012
    I have tried this, but I have also edited the name in system preferences to see if it would change. I just tried turning my Wi-Fi off and opening terminal, it comes up with the actual computer name in case sensitive letters, when I turn the Wi-Fi back on, it comes up either as "ipad" or as the real computer name but all lowercase. Again, not sure why its only sometimes that this happens but I have been trying it multiple times and it seems to be about 50% of the time.

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