Shared Mac shows up as MAC<insert random digits here> on Windows

Discussion in 'macOS' started by timdafweak, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. timdafweak macrumors 6502

    timdafweak

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    FL
    #1
    Hi all,

    I am using my Mac to stream vids to my HTPC (alas a Windows machine) over a Gigabit Network. However, my mac pro shows up as MAC0E3l093093 <random letters and numbers> when I look up machines in my network on Windows Vista.

    This happened recently when I reinstalled Leopard on my Mac Pro. Earlier, it would show up as <My Name>'s Mac Pro. I checked the Computer Name field in the Sharing option in Settings and everything seems A-OK in there.

    This is an issue on Windows alone. My other Macs see the name just fine.

    Any help would be highly appreciated!

    PS: Seems my Mac Pro's NETBIOS name is what shows up on the WIndows share. Wonder if I change that... it will change it to any value I put in there.
     
  2. iNash macrumors 6502

    iNash

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    Location:
    Hanslope, UK
    #2
    Yup, I've had this before and whenever my sister is over her Windows laptop shows up the same way.
    I have never checked but I presumed it was the MAC address of the machine perhaps?
     

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