I’ve recently begun having problems with my WD TV Live Plus. The first and most obvious symptom was that I was no longer seeing any of my 2 PCs under Network Shares. When I went to the Media Servers selection, I saw various servers (2 PCs + 3 DirecTv boxes) but as I scrolled through the list the WD would spontaneously reboot itself.
Thanks to this excellent post: http://community.wdc.com/t5/Networking/Troubleshooting-Windows-File-Sharing/m-p/92642#U92642 I was able to deduce that the problem arose when my laptop was the master browser. When the desktop was the master browser everything works fine, and since it’s on 24/7 that is the case most of the time. When the laptop takes over, that’s when the trouble begins. BTW, both are Win7 64bit machines.
So I see one potential *fix* to the problem and one potential *workaround* that I would love suggestions on.
First the fix: Find out why the shares don’t show up when the laptop is master browser. This has a pretty stock standard firewall setup, just the normal windows firewall with not custom rules. Not sure why it doesn’t like being master browser, but if anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them.
Second the workaround. If I can’t identify and fix the problems with the laptop, a decent workaround would be to make the desktop the preferred master browser. I’ve seen how to do this on Windows Server machines, but not any for Windows 7. Maybe they are the same, but I’m looking for confirmation of that.
Any help is greatly appreciated!