How could I do this? Front row - Video from windows media center

Airforce

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How could I go about getting front row to bring in my videos from my windows media center? I have a wireless network and 400 some odd videos I'd like to have access to around the house. :)
 

Benjamindaines

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Setup the media center PC to file share the directory with all your movies in it, then access that share from the Mac. Select all the video files, right click and pick make alias.

Next navigate to ~/Movies/ on your Mac, create a new folder called Media Center (or something to that effect). Move all the alias in here. Now in Front Row you can navigate Videos > Movies > Media Center. Pick a movie and it will play streamed from the PC.
 

Airforce

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Benjamindaines said:
Setup the media center PC to file share the directory with all your movies in it, then access that share from the Mac. Select all the video files, right click and pick make alias.
How do I access the shared files on the media center from my macbook? Where do I go?
 

Benjamindaines

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Airforce said:
How do I access the shared files on the media center from my macbook? Where do I go?
Get the IP address of the PC (click the connection icon in the taskbar and choose the support tab), on the Mac from finder navigate to Go > Connect to Server and type in "smb://192.168.4.100" <- IP there
 

Airforce

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I keep getting:

The finder cannot complete the operation because some data in "smb://my ip address" could not be read or written"

[error code -36].
Any clue where to go from here? I've put D: drive on my media center as shared.
 

Airforce

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Still not showing up. Get the same error when typing it in connect to server.
Turned sharing on all hard drives, typed in:

SMB://(ip address)

No idea what I'm doing wrong here.
 

tipdrill407

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Airforce said:
Still not showing up. Get the same error when typing it in connect to server.
Turned sharing on all hard drives, typed in:

SMB://(ip address)

No idea what I'm doing wrong here.
Make sure windows firewall is off.
 

Airforce

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Nermal said:
It's smb:// not SMB://

If you type SMB:// it'll change it to afp://SMB// and fail.
Sorry, typo on my part of there. I've had it as lowercased.

What the heck could be the problem here? PCAnywhere's web remote works fine.

It takes the error about 3 minutes to pop up.
 

Airforce

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7on said:
Do you have your WIn box set up to share folders?
Yes, I went to my drive letters, right clicked, sharing and security, enabled sharing.
 

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Try putting the share name into the path, for example if it's shared as "videos" try typing smb://ipaddress/videos and see what happens.