I never use the Media Server, but I try and go through and check things out every time there’s a new firmware.
reset to factory defaults
Network Shares still working fine
Win7 can “Play To” the WDTV
…so, it seems like things are set and shared properly as they always have been (as evidenced further as you will see)
But, when I click “Media Server” and choose the server from the Win7 PC (default WMP, in this case), I just get the spinning circle, and then after about a minute, it times out and “Can not connect to network”. Well, 29 times out of 30 I just got the spinning circle – one of the times, the Folder choices came up, but when I tried to click on the “Folders” folder (or any others), _ then _ I got the spinning circle and the “Can not connect…”
Since I’m sure all the settings (WMP, firewall, router, WDTV Live, Networking, Sharing, Homegroup, Media…) are all set properly, and they’ve all been triple-checked, and since the WDTV did momentarily connect to the WMP server _ once _, and since WMP can “Play To” the WDTV, it would appear as if WMP simply isn’t responding to the WDTV in a timely fashion, as opposed to some setting set incorrectly. The box reponds to the Samba connections pretty instantaneously, and 720p and 1080p files will “Play To” the WDTV with no stuttering, (and the PC and its ethernet port aren’t knowingly busy with other tasks), so it would appear that there’s no reason for WMP to not reply faster/sooner to the WDTV enquiries.
So, the $64,000 question is why is WMP not responding to the WDTV?
And the million-dollar question is: how do I fix it?
Any of you gurus have any bright ideas?
As I said, I never use the Media Server to play anything, but I’d like to get it working so I can continue to check “yep, still working” with future firmware updates, to know if something does get broken at the WDTV end.