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do any one know if sms will work with a network drive
I have been using xp and sharing off my pc. but i bought a nas200 network drive. I changed the smb config file to the ip address of the networkdrive and also to the name. it shows a network connection but no files are listed.
it is a linksys nas200
any help would be appericated
more info i added user name and password to smb file and it now sees the media files but gives a
unsuported file type error. (but these are the same files I can play on the ps2 with sharing from a pc hd. ) ;but now on the network drive it says unsupported file type.
Last edited by tom233; 01-08-2009 at 09:41 PM.
Reason: add info
Yes. It will work. I'm using NSLU2 with two external disks and can see both.
Can you be more specific about what you mean by "it shows a network connection", please? Are you past the SMS logo screen and now you have the Available Media: screen and the network icon?
What editor did you use on the *.smb file?
Do you have the NAS set up for static IP?
Does your NAS have a special field for SMB name? (In the NSLU2 it required that the SMB name be in the "comments" box which wasn't exactly intuitive.)
I'm sure we can figure this out.
I got past the part where it dose not see the actual files and folders by entering a user name and password into the smb but it now wont play the files it says unspported file type but these files palyed on the ps2 before from the pc) I just copied them to the network drive to test it. I used notepad to edit the smb.
I have my nas200 set up with a static ip
not sure where the comments box is
If you can now see the files then I think you are ok with regards to having the SMB share name in the right place in your NAS. And it sounds like the editor didn't mess-up your *.smb file.
Are these *.avi files?
Hmm. I do everything as *.avi. I'm searching to see if I have any *.mpg I can test with.
Didn't have one so downloaded this movie trailer.
It played from the share no problem. I can't think of anything obvious but if I do I'll post back. Perhaps someone else will have some thoughts on this or have run into it already.
the nas has a tonky media server in it. could this be the problem. I get a error that the files are not compatible. in sms but I know the files are good. and can play them in sms
if i share from pc hard drive but not from the network storage. so I am wondering if it is a issue of communications between the two. do you use the media server in your nas and is it a tonky
I assume you mean Twonky which I've read about but not used.
Originally Posted by tom233
I don't use a media server. SMS reads the share and displays all the folders on the share. I navigate through the folders with the PS2 remote and click on the file I want to watch. It loads and plays - flawlessly I might add and better than off the shelf boxes like the D-Link DSM320, but I digress.
Originally Posted by tom233
I agree that your files should be valid since you can play them from the PC. What I don't know is whether the PC host/client might be changing resolutions or something that would make a difference to SMS. I've never used that set up as I started out with SMB and network shares from the beginning over a year ago. We use this set up several times a week on two different PS2s accesssing the NAS share via the LAN.
I would try a couple of things - one thing at a time.
1) If you can, disable Twonky media server to see if that makes a difference.
2) Try the *.mpg file from the link I listed earlier since it has tested good in my setup. You have to right click and "save target as" otherwise it just streams.
If "1" works then great. We know Twonky is the problem.
If "2" works then there might be something to do with the encoding of your existing files. My theory here is that the client on the PC could be making some adjustments that helped SMS play those files. For example resolution might be a problem. (I'm a little out of my element here so anyone else please weigh in.)
What is the PC client you are using. Is it the Radhostclient? (Sorry if I've butchered the name.)
I think you must have missed something when you ask tom233 if he uses radhostclient.
In some earlier posts he clearly stated that he's trying to set up the smb configuration file, so he's trying to use the Samba interface, which requires no PC-side client program at all, as this file sharing method is the native one of the Windows XP OS on the PC.
As for using radhostclient to directly contact a NAS drive, I don't see how that is possible. Even if some NAS drives do have a real OS you can use, they hardly allow you to run programs intended for a Windows system.
But it might still be possible for him to use RadHostClient or PS2ClientLoader on the PC, and access the NAS drive through that PC, by defining a logical 'Network drive' on that PC which leads to a share on the NAS drive, and then add this new logical drive to the list of shares in the HOST client program.
Best regards: dlanor