making changes to network?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by BabaG, May 13, 2007.

  1. BabaG macrumors member

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    i have a basic network set up and working well. i set it up
    fairly generically to get things going and want to make some
    changes now but am running into some problems.

    Machine Name: Mac Pro
    Machine Model: MacPro1,1
    Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 5 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MP11.005C.B04
    SMC Version: 1.7f8

    i have some external sata drives hooked into the mac and
    have set them up to share with an xp home pc. it's worked
    well through the setup but i now want to give the external
    drives more descriptive names than the generic 'drive 1,'
    'drive 2' i started out with.

    when i change the name of the drive, using 'get info' and
    entering a new name, the pc retains the drive's old name
    and is unable to access the drive. this continues through
    both a restart of the 'computer browser' service on the pc,
    as well as a reboot. 'sharing' is active on the mac.

    i'm unsure if the mac is still sending the old name or if the
    pc is storing the old name. if i toggle the name back and
    forth, renaming it, and then reverting it back to the original
    name, it becomes accessible or inaccessible depending on
    which name is currently applied, so i know the network
    remains intact.

    what do i have to do to be able to rename these drives
    and maintain their accessibility to the pc?

    thanks,
    BabaG
     
  2. SMM macrumors 65816

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    You may have forgotten to change the 'share' name. That is what the PC is going to be looking at.
     
  3. BabaG thread starter macrumors member

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  4. SMM macrumors 65816

    SMM

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    System Preferences>Internet & Network>Sharing

    Very easy and intuitive to do.
     
  5. BabaG thread starter macrumors member

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    i have 'computer name' but i didn't change that.
    then there are three tabs: services, firewall, internet

    under 'services' i have 'windows sharing' checked.
    (tried stopping and restarting the service)

    then there is a button for accounts.
    nothing changed there either.

    haven't made any changes in the 'firewall' or 'internet'
    sections either.

    this is driving me crazy.
     
  6. skwij macrumors 6502

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    Belleville, ON, Canada
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    "Computer Name" is what you need to change. It will only change the computer's name on the network, not on your drive or anything like that.
     

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