My macbook won't let me change its name

Discussion in 'macOS' started by roundhousemb, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. roundhousemb macrumors newbie

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    The macbook won't let me change its name all it has is the space to put the name but its grayed out and i can't edit it i have changed it before without any problems and i am 99% sure that i have sufficient access please help!!!

    PS:sorry if this isn't the proper forum catergory for this to be under (its my first post)
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    So "Computer name:" under System Preferences > Sharing is greyed out?
    Can you click "Edit"?

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    Have you repaired permissions via Disk Utility yet?

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  4. calderone macrumors 68040

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    My guess...

    The preference pane is locked because you are not an admin or because the option is checked to require that all System Preference panes require a password.

    Is the padlock in the bottom left corner in the locked position?
     
  5. roundhousemb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so...

    i'm attempting to change my name via the sharing part of system preferences

    and there is a padlock in the corner but it is unlocked

    just hitting edit also does not work because that changes the local network name not the compurter name
     
  6. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Have you tried locking and unlocking?

    You can also try this in Terminal:

    Code:
    sudo scutil --set ComputerName nameofcomputer
     
  7. roundhousemb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yesi have

    yes i have tried locking and unlocking restarting the computer everything but it is still like that .... well at least everything simple that i could think of
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Are you trying to change the name from an administrator account?
     
  9. roundhousemb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah the only way i can access this panel of system preferences is as an administrator
     
  10. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I'm just brainstorming here so this may be worthless, but...

    Do you have any kind of sharing enabled that could be preventing the name change?
     
  11. roundhousemb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no i don't hink so all i have on is remote management
     
  12. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I'm not familiar with that, is it possible you could turn it off and see if it makes a difference in naming?
     

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