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Hey Omar and Erik,
My wife would like to have a word with you both... I'm not sure what it's about but she's rambling on about "Why don't you just marry the d**n Media Center"!!!
Anyway, wicked guide. I heard about the site and the guide, came right over, and had my XBox, Mech Assault, and Memory card thing within 48 hours.
So, to the question. Have you guys come across the ability to map your XBox drives through Samba to your windows machine so I can see them through network neighbourhood in XP?
Awesome site too. Talk to you later,
Stu Doherty
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Thanks for the very kind words! Just download some Grey's Anatomy and Lost and I'm sure your wife will turn her opinion around :) Or stream some Barry White...
Anyway, to your question, I think this is what you're looking for. Though it seems quite intense.
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Hey Stu. Great to hear that you got the Xbox working. Personally, I want to buy a whole fleet of them and put them in every room, but that's just me.
Can I ask why you want to access your Xbox through SMB?
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Omar: Thanks for that link. That *is* quite involved and will end up eating a bunch of my disk space, which is not ideal (unless I upgrade the HDD). I was also hoping it would run as a background thing to the dashboard (like the ftp server), as opposed to having to run Linux to make it work. Either way, very cool that it can be done.
Erik: I was hoping to have it shareable through samba so that I could point bit torrent clients at the media folders and just have the files sent straight to their end destination, instead of having to download, then ftp. I would also be able to stream my media files off the XBox to my laptop in my office. The ftp thing isn't THAT big of a deal, but if I can easily move files in both directions I can minimize how many copies end up floating around.
An army of XBox's running my house would be amazing! Not a far stretch if their prices come down more.
Stu
P.S. I would think there'd be a bit torrent client out there for XBox. A quick search didn't come up with anything.
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Stu, I think I may have misinterpreted you.
The Xbox is a powerful media streamer straight away without the need for FTP or anything like that. It can stream all of your music, videos, and pictures from any computer in your house using it's built-in SMB share. It pulls the data from the PCs (rather than the push through SMB or FTP that you are talking about).
You should be able to browse your network under the "SMB shares" option in XBMC. Alternatively, you can create shortcuts in XBMC to point directly to your file shares with the necessary path/login information to make it work. Take a look at http://www.xboxmediacenter.com for more info.
To summarize, enable file sharing on your media folders on your PC/laptop. Access these shares through the "SMB shares" section on XBMC (they should show up automatically). If not, then you will need to manually configure SMB shortcuts on XBMC to get at your media. (I have shortcuts setup anyway, because it's less button presses to get at what I want)
Once you have streaming setup properly, it's as simple as downloading to your PC, and pressing play on your Xbox.
This post was edited by Erik on 3/08/2006 3:40 PM
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If life was this simple, you wouldn't need MasterCard.
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I was hoping to have my XBox also store all my media (personal pix, mp3s, TV shows, etc.), and if I needed them on other computers I could stream them off there. Having the XBox be the main repository allows me to take my laptop away somewhere without taking all the media away from the house. Right now all the media is either on a laptop, or one of two external drives (annoying... long story).
Part of this has to do with the fact that I have a history of problems with samba and XP-Home (going from a Linux box). In the past I ended up opening the whole shared folder to guest-style access, which I wasn't comfortable with (especially if I physically took the laptop away from my home network).
At the moment I think I may make a spare linux box the holder of all media, and I can just point the Xbox at that. If samba to the Xbox was easy I would put my big harddrive in there, which would also afford me loads of space to "backup" games to the harddrive.
To backup games now I'll have to make sure I have enough space for the game on the local X-box drive, copy the game files, then ftp the files off the XBox for burning.
It must seem more complicated than it has to be. I just can't decide on the setup I like the most. Part of the problem is that all my media has to come through the laptop (and in some cases through USB to the laptop), which is typically connected to my home network through wireless, which is not going to be good for streaming video. I do have a linux box I can add to the equation, but I was hoping to keep it separate for some Asterisk stuff I'm doing (I just recently recovered from having everything on the same Linux machine only to have it burn out, leaving all my files tough to reach for a few weeks).
Alright, now I'm rambling. I think the samba to Linux box is my best bet.
Thanks for the tips, btw.
Stu
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Ahhh, I see.

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