Network / Sharing :: Mapping External Hard Drives - Video Streaming Through Media Center To Xbox 360
Nov 10, 2013
I am trying to find a definitive answer to the question of mapping external hard drives. I have 4 external hard drives and would like to know if there is benefit in mapping them or not. Is there benefit in speed/response etc.... I do a lot of video streaming through media centre to xbox 360.
So for some background I basically stream music, pictures and video content from my computer to an Xbox 360 in the lounge room for my family to enjoy. This has worked for quite a long time with Windows 7.
I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview today and got settled in with it and indexed my libraries with Windows Media player so this could resume. But to my dismay this doesn't seem to work in Windows 8.
I have each folder and hard drive shared on windows for network use, I have a little experience from LANs in this area. I have enabled all streaming options in WMP that I know of and the entirety of my library has been fully indexed. This is WMP 12 and everything I possibly know of is up to date.
I haven't got the Homegroup feature active as I never had to use this before.
The only other thing I have noticed that has changed is this. A little green icon that in windows 7 would appear on top of the xboxs, I'm assuming this means something.
On the Xbox end it used to display the Libraries such as 'Recorded TV', 'Music', 'TV Shows', 'Movies' and other things but now when I try to access video content it gives me a folder called 'Videos' which contains nothing.
Have currently got a new laptop with windows 8, am trying to media stream from media player. Basically the xbox cannot locate the pc on the network although the pc can see the xbox. I managed to get it to work briefly but it kept resetting and I don't understand why. I keep going through the same process to try and reset. I have also tried with and without joining a homegroup.
I have been through all the media streaming.
1. deleting the media player library folder files (%userprofile%Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftMedia Player ) 2. turning on media streaming again, share with devices. 3. setting media sharing service in the registry to automatic. 4. rebuilding the library
I have noticed that when I look at my network I can see the media device when media player is open, but the icon is not what it used to be and has a green play button rather than the media server device. Also when I restart my PC it never loads up as a media server.
I have an ASUS RT-AC68U router with 9 DBI dual band antennas. I need a program that allows me to copy and paste files to the external hard drives which are connected to the router's USB ports. An example of the application I am seeking is called "Silex Virtual Link", I need one like this, I used to use this 1 on my old D-Link DIR-825 router but it is not working with my new ASUS router and ASUS tech support couldn't solve anything.
Does the settings for them go back to default (on) every time the modem is reset or the network name changed?
Why does media streaming automatically gets turned on? (I don't even have any public folders)
How can I see who is accessing which files through sharing? Is there any old or new way to check all the shared folders in Windows 8?
I don't want sharing settings to change when the connection, or the connection name has changed; how can I do this?
I only realized that sharing was on when I tried to rename and move a file. It said it is open somewhere else. It didn't show me which computer was accessing what? Can I find that out next time it happens?
Yes, I want to put my music into music folder, but that doesn't mean that I want them to be accessed by the network (As I mentioned before, I don't have any public folders -or somehow I don't see them [show hidden files are on])
When I click any library folders (or even any other folder, even in an external drive); stop sharing is always an option, but clicking it doesn't change anything, stop sharing option still stays on. When I click on sharing settings, I only see my username as the owner.
Any library (or any media file on pc) can be accessed this easily? Even without writing a username and password?
I installed 8.1 rtm as an upgrade over 8.1 preview and was immediately able to stream live and recorded wtv files/programs to my Xbox Media Center Extender without error.
After a several hours and maybe 1 or two reboots, all video (wtv, avi, etc) streamed to the Media Center Extender turned black after 5-6 seconds. Audio could still be heard, but there was no video and my Xbox remote control functions would stop working. I could go to the Xbox Blade Menu.
I went back to a manually saved restore point and still had the same problem.
Then I did a clean install of 8.1 rtm and again, everything was working properly again. Approx an hour later video streaming to the Xbox Media Center Extender went black.
"Play To" Media Center Extender also had the same problem, only that video would go black after 2 seconds.
If I return to the Xbox home screen and "Play To" Xbox 360 - video steams properly, although expectedly the ff/skip etc would not work.
I noticed that when the video would play normally to MCX one of the two Media Center Extender devices was not completely installed.
One of the devices has the IP address starting with 192.xxx and the other starts with either 127...
It takes some fiddling around, but if I
1. remove the association of the Media Center and Extender 2. delete all Xbox and Extender devices 3. reboot the xbox 4. Reestablish the Xbox and Media Center association 5. Allow the devices to be found and created (sometimes the Media Center Extender w/192. fails to complete installation) 6. Then Disable the MCX in Device Manager that references 192. and leave the one which references the 127
I have had dececent success with getting the above to work, but Every time I turn off my Xbox or leave MCX I need to follow the above steps again.
It's been 1 day since my last clean Win8.1 rtm clean install and I already have am up to Mcx-11 user!
My current build is a clean (non-upgrade) Windows 8.1 rtm AMD A8-3850 AMD Radeon HD 6550D (MS WDDM 1.2) v 18.104.22.168
I have also used the AMD Radeon Preview driver Yesterday Win Update pushed an update to the 6550D
How I can set up a more reliable connection to Xbox Media Extender?
I have a Toshiba Satellite P855. it has an i5 processor, 8 gig of RAM, 64 bit os. running windows 8. 3 USB ports. Im not sure if they are all usb2. MY problem is that i can't connect any of my external hard drives to my laptop. When I plug them in to my desktop running windows xp, and my other laptop running windows 7, everything is fine, but my laptop running windows 8 doesn't even recognize that anything is plugged in to my usb ports. I have a lot of files, pictures music, and video files that i would like to have easy access to on my new laptop.
I added Media Center feature and tried to play VOB video. I double clicked the file and the Windows Media Player said there is no video in the library. I added it to the library but still no avail. What could be wrong with this Windows 8 or add-on WMC?
I read the tutorial on removing the Windows password requirement. I changed the settings per the example, everything seemed ok, I restarted and it logged me in as expected, but then it took me to the desktop and opened up all of my external hard drives. I then changed the setting back to requiring a password and still the same result. I have restarted several times and still the same condition.
Just purchase this HornetTek X2-U3 JBOD USB 3.0 (HT-3210U3) - 3.5" DUAL BAY - JBOD - HDD ENCLOSURES
The only reason was because I had a spare 1TB drive and 500GB drive that I wanted to span into one volume, according the product spec it supports JBOD, which from my understanding should allow hard drive spanning, I understand that if one drive goes the data is lost, but that is not a concern of mine as I have numerous backups of my data. The problem is when I try to span 2 disk I get the following error "The operation is not supported by the object"
Recently upgraded to Windows OS 8.1 Pro and cannot encrypt my HP external hard drive. Encryption pauses and states that disk has errors and please run chkdsk. Ran chkdsk and no errors found. Had no difficulty encrypting the C drive with the OS.
I'm trying to map my box.com cloud storage using "Map Network Drive".
I found the "Map Network Drive" button at the top of my folder. I click on "Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures". I follow through "Choose a custom network location"
At "Internet or network address" I type the url where I would log into box through the internet: [URL] .....
At next I get the login prompt, so I login, clicking "Remember my credentials" , when it returns, indicating that my login is incorrect the number of letters in my password has doubled, so of course my password is incorrect if the "network drive" is adding a bunch of extra characters.
So I go back and click on "connect using different credentials" and get the same result ....
I use wmp12 to share and stream all my movies to an android box up stairs using upnp, connected with rj45, works great, have prevent idel to sleep set in power options for media this also works great, but when im finished streaming, wmpntwk.exe continues to run and prevents sleep, there was a fix in win 7 to change the power flags for wmpntwk.exe but have found nothing for windows 8, have been using sleepless it works well and will put pc to sleep when it dosnt detect a pre set upload speed, so when I stop streaming after 30 min pc will sleep, but this program wont allow monitor to sleep so im worried about screen burn, why is something that should be simple so difficult stop streaming turn off wmpntwk.exe
Okay, so in Windows 7 I am able to connect my wireless to my phone, and run an ethernet cable over to my Xbox. If I use the ICS feature and configure it under services to allow ports 88 and 53 UDP, it works fine. This also allows my Xbox to seemingly add to this list of ports as it finds necessary.
The issue is however, with Windows 8, although I can connect to Xbox Live the same way, it does not seemingly allow the Xbox to add more ports that it deems necessary. This leads to that NAT error message that I am actually trying to do this as a way to bypass it.
In Windows 7 this only works if the connection is set to Home (not sure about Work), but not public. I'm curious if the reason this does not work in Windows 8 is that Windows 8 does not have a Home option, but rather only Private or Public settings. There is some small setting buried deep somewhere that I just need to change to treat it like Windows 7 allows Xbox to treat home networks and configure/add ports automatically.
I had the understanding that the only way I could view content on my TV w/Xbox extender from my PC for online videos, Showtime Anytime, Coke & Popcorn, HBO GO, etc. was with an Xbox Live Gold Account. However, I read that this can be done in 8.1 without an XLGA by opening the video source in the IE app, begin play, charms/device/Xbox would broadcast directly. I've tried this but I don't see the Xbox option in Device. What am I missing?
tried to get the EZCast dongle to work ok on a Windows 8 pc. I have looked at several YouTube videos re EZCast & looked at several websites. The only thing I can get to work properly on my TV is some items on my desktop. When you attain the mirror on the TV the resolution changes, (lowers), which means when you try to open any other app an error message reads: This app cannot open. The screen resolution is too low for this app to run. You cannot put the resolution back up to its normal lever, because it automatically lowers again. Also I cannot figure how to have the dongle Wi-Fi & the web Wi-Fi to both be on, so you can mirror websites as they claim.
So I've come across a few odd issues with my Windows 8.1 Pro install (without Media Center), KMS activated. For one, I'm missing the option to get a Windows Experience score. No big deal. I'm also missing the "Add Windows Features" option.
But the big problem is I can't seem to get any Streaming video via Windows 8 Apps. Netflix, Vimeo, YouTube, etc. All of them seem to refuse to buffer and play any video. Is this a symptom of not going with the Media Center option?
I've been trying to set up an old Savin 9033 printer through the company's router, but I couldn't find the network it's set up on from any other computer.
So I pull up Network & Sharing, see that Network Discovery is turned off.
I check it, go to click on "Save Changes" and nothing happens. I click it a few times and it kicks me back to the previous page, nothing saved. No password prompt or anything.
I double checked that all the appropriate services are running (DNS Client, SSDP Discovery, UPnP Device Host, Function Discoveryr Resource Publication, etc.) and made sure Network Discovery was allowed through Windows Firewall.
Could not reconnect all network drives error at boot? I get it most of the time with a wired Ethernet connection. I've done a lot of searching and tried different things but nothing seems to work. This started a few months ago, was not there initially with Windows 8, 8.1 or 8.1.1.
With XP, you could do this to fix it:
Uncheck "Automatically search for network folders and printers"
This is no longer an option in Windows 8 (I think it disappeared with Vista).
I have 2 machines connected via my router/hub (wired). One is running Windows 8.1 and the other Windows 7. Previously I had them sharing perfectly until I did a reinstall of Windows 8 (upgraded to Windows 8.1). I get this message on both machines whilst trying to access shared drives (permissions enabled to read, write, modify for all users):
I have a local account on the windows 8.1 as per previous installation. I have checked all the usual sharing settings and they are the same as in the previous working installation on both machines. I have left the homegroup and created a new one on the windows 8 machine and rejoined on the windows 7 machine all to no avail.
I'm trying to map a Server 2003 network drive in Windows 8.1
For some reason, in the 'Map Network Drive' window, the server doesn't show under 'Network' when I click the 'browse' button. Additionally the server doesn't show under 'Network' in file manager but I can ping it just fine.
Is there perhaps some kind of incompatibility between Win 8.1 and Server 2003 that could be causing this ...
This is a boot up timing issue, registry fix for network comming up. I am on a wired LAN which works ok. However, recently when booting I am getting the message cannot connect to network drives - these are mapped drives to NAS boxes.
However, when I access the drives the 'red X's' change to the network symbol and access is working. Its seems the computer wants to connect before the network is up. It is not a credential issue, but boot order. Is there anyway to make the network come up before the computer wants to map to it. Not a problem but a nag.
I doubleclicked on an MP4 to play it (from Explorer) and this XBox Video thing came up and played it. Fine, looks like a nice player. But when I stopped it wanted to exit the application -- can't find a way.
Oh, I can switch to ANOTHER application, but how the heck do I close this thing down? I could bring up Task Manager and kill it there (I suppose -- haven't even seen if there is still Task Manager, although I assume they would not have gotten rid of that) but there MUST be a simple way to close out an app, right?
(If not I'm going to remove that app and make sure I never accidentally bring it up again).
I have a sony camcorder with Play Memories Home. When I try to download videos from my iphone, playmemories pops up, and tries to work with the download. However, when I download the content, all my pictures download, and only some videos download, but it says that all content has downloaded. When I searched for the lost videos, I found them on xbox video, but cannot find them anywhere else on the computer. I also cannot figure out how to get them from xbox video to where I store the rest of my videos.
Have two Windows 8 machines and one has a bunch of drives connected to it, that I use informally as a file server. Generally, what happens is the following:
1) Boot the Windows 8 "server" machine (Windows 8 pro, not a Server OS)
2) Boot my Windows 8 Pro desktop
3) Open file manager app, double-click the icon for the server PC -- and drive icons open
But sometimes, when I do 3), I get an error message saying that the machine name is incorrect (which it is NOT).
When I click Details on this to see what is wrong, it says "no issues" -- but still can't connect.
This is generally resolved by rebooting the "server" box (and trying again), or rebooting the desktop box (and trying again), or going through repeated reboots of each -- until a connection is finally made.
I've checked the sharing permissions on the "server" box and they are set as follows:
1) Each partition -- read by everyone (used by the desktops to download files)
2) Shared folder in each partition -- full control by everyone (used by the desktops to upload files)
And ... password-protected sharing is enabled, such that when a desktop first tries to connect, you must enter valid account info. After that, the info is saved and you don't have to enter it again.
I've gone through removing sharing and reapplying it several times, and there are no changes as a result. And it's always all-or-nothing, that is, it's never a situation where some of the shares can be seen/used but not others.
Problem is, there are times when I really need access to the "server" drives from the desktop and can't reboot either because something is going on that takes a long time and I don't want to have to restart it. I also run XP on this box (which never gave me these problems) -- and would really like NOT to go back to using XP.
I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 with Update 1. I have drives mapped to my Windows Home Server 2011 and to my Windows 7 desktop PC. But each time I reboot the laptop it drops the mapped drives and I have to try and map them all over again. I say "try" because most times I have to go back to my other PCs and unshare and then reshare the drives for them to be seen again in Windows 8. Then I can map them again but only until the next reboot.
Same goes for the Windows Home Server 2011 Connector software. Windows 8.1 drops the connection after a reboot and the Connector software must be reinstalled EACH TIME to connect with my server.
I have the SAME user name and password on ALL machines. I have tried mapping the drives with just the username and password as well as with the remote PC nameusername combo but that doesn't work either. Finally I have set my shared drives/folders to have read/write access to ALL users. Again, no luck unless I unshare and reshare.
I have a dell venue pro. I rented a movie on the pre-installed video app (xbox). I opted to download the movie so I can watch it remotely. I got a download error because of low disc space. The c drive is low on memory but I have a completely empty microsd card with more then enough room for the movie. How can I make the app download onto the msd card instead of the main drive? The app itself has no such option in the settings. I've tried to change the pathway but the app still seems to want to download the the c drive first.
I have this problem since Windows 7, i don't remember this happens on Windows XP.
I have 2 computers with Windows 8.1 installed: desktop and laptop. I am trying to access local disk drives of "desktop" from "laptop".
For example, i type in Windows Explorer "desktopc$". "Windows Security" window pops up where i am typing credentials. If i specify "desktopadministrator" user and then provide correct password everything is fine, i can access disk C. But, if i type "desktopjohn" and provide correct password i am getting error "Access denied". "john" is my main account, it's in "Administrators" group of "DESKTOP" computer.
If i try to access the same resource over "cmd net use" i receive error "System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied."
Why "john" can't access "DESKTOP"'s disk C over LAN?
So i downloaded LogMeIn Hamachi and accidentally put it onto private network, so now everytime the program is working i cannot connect to the internet outside of the hamachi connections. Now i can switch my Wi-fi connection to to public/private by clicking networks, right clicing the one i want to change and clicking turn sharing on/off. But hamachi is not in this list, it is in the network and sharing network centre, were i cannot find how to switch it to public.