Ok lets go back a little here.
First, apparently you didn’t see the “Staff” underneath JStaff’s name. This means they work for WD so I really doubt that he is trying to feed you a red herring (which is something you must have just learned with the number of times you repeat it) nor is he being a troll.
Second. the reason that those questions were asked is as so to narrow down what might be causing the issue, if you can access and play the media from a network share or USB drive then that narrows it down to being a issue with UPnP/DLNA specifically. And if you had tried a different Media Server, as suggested, then if the offending files did play then that would narrow it down to the current Media Server you are using (ie: WMP).
No one can come to your house and see what is causing the issue, nor is anyone clarivoyant enough to be able to help you without asking questions. Even if you think those questions have nothing to do with your current issue, the answers to those questions can “narrow it down”.
Third, from what you have stated, it appears that the most likely problem that you are having is on your PC side, more specifically there is a issue with WMP, which is common. Especially since you are apparently having issues with the “Play to” feature of WMP. Or you have issues with your Network share permissions.
In Windows 7 - Network and Sharing Center / Choose homegroup and sharing options, then make sure everything you want to share is ticked.
You also need to make sure all stream options from WMP are set correctly.
Forth, UPnP/DLNA is probably the worst way to access media from a WDTV Live (really from any device) and is only something neccessary to use if:
- You have a device that does not allow for direct share access
- The device you have will not decode the file types you have and need to be transcoded for your device to play those files.
You can save yourself a lot of time and headache by first making sure the files you wish to access on you PC are shared.
Then on the SMP, go to Setup / System / Media Library / Media Library Manager for Network Share / Add network share to media library, the navigate to the specific folder you want to access and Add that share to the Media Library. Then repeat for any other folder you wish to add to the Media Library.
Then when you’re in Videos, Music, etc. press the red button on the remote and select My Media Library.
Also, I would suggest that when you have a issue and someone replies with a question, whether you think that question has anything specific to do with your issue or not, you might want to take a step back before insinuating that they are serving you up a “red herring” or that they are trolling. Because someone may know just a little more than you and may need answers to what you may perceive to unrelated questions to be able to get to the actual problem.
Oh my dear Tinwarble,
What nerve you have.
Below find my reply to your off topic post:
First, you are assuming I did not see the “Staff” under his name. Assertion fallacy.
Second, I stated clearly that I have not changed any defaults. So why did he ask me this again? Why do you ask me this again? He did not state WHY he was asking it. My opening question was indeed all about UPnP/DLNA anyway. You are mearly stating the obvious, and justifying it with someone else that stated teh obvious. That is called cCircular reasoning lined with a solid red herring. And he ran away, refusing to address his red herring. As predicted, he wasted his and my time. And now your time too.
I did not ask anyone to come to my house, did I? Btw, nice assumption (again) that the WDTVLive is at my house. What does your irrlevant presupposition have to do with my issues?
Third, how do you know it is on my PC side? Are you guessing here? Why would it be WMP12 if WDTVLive is not even consistent in what it reads from Win7? You see, you are making assumptions in order to avoid my questions.
And then you go and tell me how to configure Network and Sharing Center in Windows… As if I have not done it already, or cannot do it… How do you think I came across my issues in the 1st place? Do you think I could have these issues if I did not setup Network and Sharing Center in Windows? can you at least answer that?
I have to highlight this from you:
“You also need to make sure all stream options from WMP are set correctly.”
Sigh, really? Are you sure? Maybe I should make sure that all settings in WDTVLive, WIn7 and WMP 12 are correct. There is no need to say what specific settings, is there, or what makes these setting correct vs incorrect? Why would WD or MS provide settings that are not correct? Are you now suggesting the incorrect settings are bugs? That my WDTVLive may have a bug (defective programming code)? That is in direct conflict with your previous unjustified conclusion. Gee.
Forth, why is UPnP/DLNA the worst way to share? if it is so **bleep**, why does it exist? What makes Network Shares different and better? The two points you mentioned is irrelevant again. You also seem to miss the fact that that Network Share option gives me more issues than the Media Share option. And I suspect that solving the Media Share issue will resolve the Network Share issues. But you refuse to address this, other than offering preaching. That is your logical fallacy again, again.
And then you go and preach to me how to configure Network Shares in WDTVLive, hinting to share folders in Win7. But hey, you are guessing that WMP12 is the issue… What happened to that? What about if I do not want to share my user Folders because Public folders are shared already as Network Shares? Why does WDTVLive access my Pictures and Video folders using Network Shares when there is no Sharing enabled in WIn7? You seem to ignore my issues completely? All you saying are to go and set it up in a way that you think it should work for me. That is not logical at all.
Also, I would suggest that when you try and answer someone questions to actually read what the question is. Making wild assumptions, preaching and making allegations are not something that you would prefer to be known for. I suspect that just because you did not read my questions either, is why you would assume that I have not set it up. That is irony for you, and ironically it renders you post pretty useless.
You could have just referred me to the WDTVLive’s user/set-up manual.