Wi-fi sync to PC: can't select user

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by fitzaer, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. fitzaer macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    We have a PC with Vista (yikes). Family members are different users, no one is "OWNER PC."
    When I hook the iPod 4G up to power and try to sync over wi-fi, it looks for iTunes at OWNER PC. It isn't there.
    How do I get it to look for my User account?
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    OWNER PC is probably the name of your computer on the network (verify that HERE). I think that it will look for the logged in user account that is running iTunes to sync with.
  3. fitzaer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    Yes, Owner-PC is the "name" of the computer,

    the "account" with the control over all the other users.
    iTunes is not on that account. It's on mine as well as my kids'.
    But the iPod can't find them; it seems it's found Owner-PC and won't look any further.
    It may not be able to.
    I've known for quite some time that HP couldn't make Vista work; I live in hope that Apple can.
  4. alucinari macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2009
    The accout that you want to sync the device to must be logged in with iTunes running. If another copy of iTunes is open (assuming you have fast user switching turned on) on the same computer it may have already taken control of the port that iTunes wifi sync uses preventing a device from connecting to any other copy of iTunes running on the same machine.
  5. fitzaer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    I am logged into my account ("Daddy") on my HP and iTunes is loaded, but when I go to Settings/General/iTunes Wi-fi Sync on my iPod the only account shown is "Owner-PC."
    There is, as near as I can tell, no way to specify any other account.
    Thanks for your help.
  6. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Strange, it sounds like you are doing everything right but my understanding is the iPod displays the computer name, not the account, and there is no way to specify a particular user account. As the previous poster mentioned, it should sync with whatever account is logged in and running iTunes, and log out of all other accounts (as a test).

    An easy test for this would be to rename your computer per the posted link, reboot, sync with iTunes via a cable, and see if the new name shows up on the iPod. Then change it back.

    I'm running Windows 7. The computer name is HOOD (a nearby mountain). The administrator account I created is ADMIN. There is also a user account called USER. I'm logged in and running iTunes as ADMIN and the iPhone displays the computer HOOD.

    I assume you enabled wifi sync in iTunes and then synced the iPod at least once. I would turn off Vista's firewall and any security suite firewalls installed (McAfee, Norton, AOL, etc.). If that makes you nervous (and it should ;) ) unplug your router from the Internet while your security is disabled.
  7. Airmark1 macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2008
    Yeah. This is a big gotcha. Simple but strangely "hidden" even though it's right there in front of you. It messed me up in the beginning.

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