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> Can NOT detect media server, Linux/Element HTPC os Network issues
post Mar 19 2015, 07:43 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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Running latest "Element HTPC" operating system from USB.
Connected to 2.4 ghz Wireless Network.

"/usr/bin/smbclient -L (my SMB, FTP, LAN server ip)"


Well long story short it can see "personal" info about my media server which proves beyond a reasonable doubt that my Element OS can "see" the shared network drive, however no gui will allow mounting, browsing, etc.

I tried using ftp in firefox via "ftp://(ip)/PUBLIC

My goal: View/Recieve media from a 2.5/5.0 ghz Wireless Network. I.e. watch video files etc.

Issue: "Element HTPC" operating system will not pick up a network USB 2TB HDD.

Net Specs:

No internet access.
Using an "Amped Wireless" "model# SR20000G/SR20000G-CA" wireless a/g/g/n/ repeater. (Not "router", performs DHCP for devices "below" itself in topography)
Following devices read the wireless repeaters' attached external usb hdd over wifi:
- Dell "Latitude" series running XP SP3
- HTC One M8 running latest OTA firmw.
- Acer "Aspire" series running "Windows 7 Starter Edition" (with possible issues, but managable)
- HTC One Mini running latest OTA firmw.
- And basically every other normal dang device...

Why does everything EXCEPT Element HTPC OS see my ext. 2TB usb hdd broadcast over 2.4/5.0ghz?
My device is an acer aspire running Element, i dont care what i have to do, i want to view my video files over home lan and i want to do it right now. Ive been in IT for years and i can usually find a "workaround", however this has gotten me seeing red; all i want to see is video on my acer. SO...

If there is no info to be had about this discontinued Element HTPC OS, then I need to know of a linux/ubuntu distro with confirmed LAN/SAMBA/SMB/FTP/ETC compatibility. I have 2TB of media, and i want it on my Acer via WiFi, so which distro has the most compatibility/easiest gui, etc.? I will DL/run any distro, but it HAS TO AUTOMATICALLY DETECT NETWORK DRIVES. Element HTPC OS claimed to, but it doesnt. And even if it did, there is too much BS involved i.e. running terminal commands, troubleshooting, etc. I want to watch (at full fps) my media over wifi, on my acer aspire. So what is the issue, or what distro plays network media, WITH NO SETUP, TROUBLESHOOTING, ETC. I want to boot my distro, pick a file off my network, and play it. No sillyness, no drama, no technical ridiculousness, NOTHING. Just boot and play. Any experience or input appreci8ed.

Anybody else stream video from SMB or other LAN pc's etc., flawlessly on any particular distro? Any tips? Apps? ANYTHING!
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post Mar 20 2015, 07:16 AM
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Its GNU/

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Not familar with Element OS and you did not state what version was loaded. If gvfs-smb was installed you should be able to see the share using the file browser thunar and using the url smb://hostname/sharename . If not you could manually mount the share which it appears that your not willing to attempt.

Since Element is discountinued I would install the latest version of Xubuntu which is basically the same and install whatever applications.

Interesting that an IT person is ranting about running terminal commands and troubleshooting...
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