ok, ive tried everything i can find or think of, but my wd tv live smp must simply not like me. i have the latest firmware, the movies are in iso format on an external usb 2tb drive which is attached to my computer running windows 7 pro. i have home groups disabled. now for the details of my issues.
when using network share, i can find and see the list of iso’s however most of them either wont play, or start playing, and then only loop the intro screens ( lion’s gate logo, warnings etc). i have at least one that will play until the menu screen, and start back at the beginning of the disc. also, i just dropped a .mp4 video in my movies folder to see if it would play, but it wouldnt. i also had these same problems when the external was connected directly to the wdtv live smp, which is why i attempted using the media server option. plus, the data tranfered pretty slowly, which made adding movies to the external quite painful.
when using media server, i had the homegroup on, but it wouldnt play mkv, iso, or a couple other but i forget which ones. unfortunately, none of the ways ive tried to convert my iso’s into other formats allowed me to simply keep using the media server option.
One of the more frustrating aspects of all of this is that my friend has the same device, and his plays all these files types, and all his movies with no trouble at all. As far as we can tell, we have things set up in the same way. the only exception is that his external is connected directly to his router vie ethernet, and mine being usb on my computer. please help. any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.