Loc: Petaluma, CA
Today my sidebar is displaying a (2) next to my computer name. I saw a post on Apple Discussions that says there are 2 devices with the same name. Why did this happen all of the sudden? I have a computer I sync with at work, but that is a different name. The only other device is my iPod touch, but I've had that for a couple years, and it never showed a (2) in the sidebar. Any suggestions?
I see that all of the time, especially on laptops that get moved from one location to another. It bugs me as I have no idea how to stop it from happening. Renaming it in Sharing is the only workaround that I know of, and sometimes that doesn't stick. This gives a few sceanrios, any of it apply to what you do with the computer? Multiple sharing protocols enabled seems to be the big thing.
It seems to be a bug in Apple's networking, it's like it remembers old network connections and gets confused. I have read where their bonjour implementation may be a culprit. It causes problems when one is using printer sharing, the machines can't see the shared printers anymore.
This has been going on for a long time, at least through Leopard, can't remember if Tiger did it.
Did you see the part where I said I cloned an existing system?
That will do it for sure. I have seen it happen when the name was unique but they used SuperDuper or something to clone to another drive on a regular basis. It saw the other drive attached and renamed the main drive user name.
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