Windows 7 share shows up only when I power on an XP machine

Hi,

I looked on all other threads but found nothing similar.

My wd tv live detects the shares from my windows 7 only when I also power up another computer on the network which is windows XP. I tried everything, nothing worked. (i do have network discovery on)

If i power off the XP, it continues to work, but if I restart the wdtvlive after this, it doesen’t see the win 7 share anymore.

Another issue is that I managed to get media server to work on win 7 (and this works regardless if the win XP is on or off) but I cannot get it to list subdirectories and mkv files. Since I also don’t see mkv files in the windows media player playlist i suppose it has something to do with this, can anyone help with a way of making all files and subfolders contents to show up in the Library ? (music, audio,etc).

Thanks

What is your setup, wired or wireless?

Do your computers see each other on your network?  (Ping, show up in Explorer/Network)?  Are they in workgroups with the same name? 

On the Media Server issue, what do you mean that you “got it to work?”  It sounds like you are seeing the name of the Media Server on the WD player, but not accessing it .  You might have a shares and permissions problem.  I found the simplest way of dealing with this — at least for my application — is to put all the different media folders in a single unique root folder for each media type, and then share and permit the root folder. 

Keep your XP machine shut down.

On your WINDOWS 7 machine, issue the command

nbtstat -a [name of the pc]

and

nbtstat -a WDTVLIVEHUB  (assuming you didn’t change its name.)

Post the results of that command here.

Here’s more information:

This is how to find possible problems with the Master Browser on your network, which will affect when and what servers appear on your WDTV Network Shares.

On one of your PCs, open up a “Command” window.

(In Win Vista and Win7, click the Orb, and in the search box, type CMD. An icon will appear above the box that says cmd.exe. Click it, and a Command window will open.)

(In WinXP, Click START, then RUN…, and in the box, type CMD. A Command Window will open.)

In the command window, enter the command “net view,” like this:


C:\Users\Tony>net view
Server Name Remark


\BIGNAS1 Big Freakin’ NAS Server 1
\MARS
\NEPTUNE
\WDTVLIVE WDTV LIVE
The command completed successfully.

In my example, there are four active devices that Windows has discovered.

Now, for EACH of those, issue the command “nbtstat -a (name)” for example:

C:\Users\Tony>nbtstat -a bignas1

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [10.0.0.157] Scope Id: []

NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table

Name Type Status

BIGNAS1 <00> UNIQUE Registered
BIGNAS1 <03> UNIQUE Registered
BIGNAS1 <20> UNIQUE Registered
…__MSBROWSE__.<01> GROUP Registered
WORKGROUP <1D> UNIQUE Registered
WORKGROUP <1E> GROUP Registered
WORKGROUP <00> GROUP Registered

So, we got lucky here, the FIRST system, BIGNAS1, indicates that it is the master browser, since it lists the name …__MSBROWSE__.

You need to find out WHICH system is your master browser. If none of these steps work as described, then the issue is likely on your PC itself, and that will require substantial additional troubleshooting.

Wow i think we got it !

It turns out net view command produced some system error which I googled and on possible causes had “computer browser service is off”, and what do you know… computer browser service was disabled. I enabled it and now everything is fine.

Here is what net view and nbtstat produce now, my windows 7 is the master browser, is this OK ?

I will continue to test it for a while and hopefully this is the solution, thanks a lot :slight_smile:

C:\Users\bogdan.ene>net view
Server Name            Remark


\FT-W7IEN
\HOME-AA2E2DD382      iulia
\WDTVLIVE             WDTV LIVE
The command completed successfully.

C:\Users\bogdan.ene>nbtstat -a WDTVLIVE

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [192.168.1.102] Scope Id: []

           NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table

       Name               Type         Status
    ---------------------------------------------
    WDTVLIVE       <00>  UNIQUE      Registered
    WDTVLIVE       <03>  UNIQUE      Registered
    WDTVLIVE       <20>  UNIQUE      Registered
    WORKGROUP      <1E>  GROUP       Registered
    WORKGROUP      <00>  GROUP       Registered

    MAC Address = 00-00-00-00-00-00

Wireless Network Connection:
Node IpAddress: [0.0.0.0] Scope Id: []

    Host not found.

C:\Users\bogdan.ene>nbtstat -a FT-W7IEN

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [192.168.1.102] Scope Id: []

           NetBIOS Remote Machine Name Table

       Name               Type         Status
    ---------------------------------------------
    FT-W7IEN       <00>  UNIQUE      Registered
    WORKGROUP      <00>  GROUP       Registered
    FT-W7IEN       <20>  UNIQUE      Registered
    WORKGROUP      <1E>  GROUP       Registered
    WORKGROUP      <1D>  UNIQUE      Registered
    …__MSBROWSE__.<01>  GROUP       Registered

    MAC Address = 00-18-8B-C5-AC-F5

Wireless Network Connection:
Node IpAddress: [0.0.0.0] Scope Id: []

    Host not found.

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