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number in parentheses after name of computer.

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May 22, 2010 8:52 PM
When I look at my computer in Finder, its says X's Macbook Pro (2). It has been there for a while and i tried restarting my computer. Restarting did not work. I am wondering why it has came up, how to change it, and how to prevent it.
macbook pro mid-2009, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,980 points)
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    May 22, 2010 10:21 PM (in response to Jets162)
    It came up because at some point in the past the network believed there was another computer with the same name, so it changed it by adding the number. You can simply remove the number and parentheses from the name.
    Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz; MBP Unibody; MBP C2D 2.33 Ghz; MBP 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iMac C2D 17"; MB 2.0 Ghz; iPad 32G; 80GB iPod Video; iPod Touch; iPod Nano 2GB
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6 (8,565 points)
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    May 23, 2010 12:44 AM (in response to Jets162)
    Other postings online about this kind of issue are searchable, and a
    few have appeared in the past year in these Discussion forum pages.

    The words: *Mac OS X Help: computer name has number in parentheses*
    when entered into a google or other search engine, will yield some more
    and in those, some variant answers or further details on how other users
    computers may have arrived at that situation, appear as well. Wording of
    a search definitely will change the results; some generate better candidates.

    Sometimes, when several computers (perhaps owned by one person)
    may have the same name or user account(s) odd issues can arise; &
    these can be apparent when networked or more rarely when backed up.
    I've read of one instance where a Time Machine or backup copy may
    have been implicated, somehow or another.

    And Apple Remote Desktop, under some circumstances, may be involved.
    But, I don't use those; nor have I experienced the problem first hand (yet.)

    The search results (via google) did point back to some causes; so there
    may be more than one path to generate this kind of resulting symptom.

    Good luck & happy computing!
     iBookG4 1.33 12" 1.5GB RAM (10.4.11)  2-iMacG4 1.25 17" 1GB RAM (10.4.11),  iPod  2-AirPort Extreme M8799LL/A  1-AirPort Express M9470LL/A 
  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    May 23, 2010 5:16 AM (in response to Jets162)
    To change the computer name back, go to
    System Preferences>Sharing
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.3)

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