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

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

  1. timothevs macrumors 6502


    Nov 17, 2007
    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


    Jan 18, 2009
    Hanslope, UK
    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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