Sharing files from Windows

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Introduction

(If you have a Mac, please visit Sharing files from a Mac).

Here is a short guide on how to share files on your PC with your OSD on your network. The below procedure works for:

Network shares from Windows 9x and ME are not supported by the OSD.

Windows 2000 Professional

This section is not complete. Until it is, please refer to the section on Windows XP Professional.

Windows 2000 Server

This section is not complete. Until it is, please refer to the section on Windows XP Professional.

Windows 2003 Server

Create a new User Account on your PC

While the Neuros OSD can access Guest accounts on Windows, we recommend creating a new user account specifically for folders accessible by the OSD.

  • Go to Start, then Run. Type lusrmgr.msc and press OK. In the dialog, navigate to Local Users and Groups, then Users. Right-click in the right pane and choose New User....

Users item in Computer Management

  • Go to the Action menu, and choose New User...
  • Enter neuros as the User name.
  • Enter Neuros OSD as the Full name.
  • Enter osd as the Password.
  • Enter osd again in Confirm password.
  • Unselect User must change password at next logon.
  • Select User cannot change password.
  • Select Password never expires.
  • Your dialog should look like the one below. Press the Create button to create the new user neuros.

Completed New User dialog

Create a share on your PC that the Neuros OSD can access

  • Go to Start, My Computer, Local Disk (C:).
  • Choose the menu File, New, Folder.
  • Type share and press Enter. You have created the folder called share. This will be the folder for your movies, music, and photos that can be read from and written to by your Neuros OSD.

Important: please make sure the folder name has no spaces in it!

You will see the following dialog.

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  • Click Share this folder.
  • Enter share as the Share name.
  • Enter Neuros OSD shared directory as the comment. The dialog should look like the one above.
  • Click on the Permissions button. You will see the following dialog.

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  • Ensure that the Group or user names list has the group Everyone listed.
  • Below, check the Allow checkbox for Full Control, Change and Read. The dialog should look like the one above.
  • Click OK to exit from the Permissions for share dialog.

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  • Click on the Security tab.
  • In Group or user names, click on Users.
  • In Permissions for users, Check the Allow checkbox under Full Control. The dialog should look like the one above.
  • Click OK to exit from the share Properties dialog.
  • Copy a video file or photo into the share folder to test access from the Neuros OSD. We have copied a photo named Neuros Photo.jpg to the folder, as you will see later.

Read on to learn how to access the Windows share from your Neuros OSD.

Windows XP Home

This section is not complete. Until it is, please refer to the section on Windows XP Professional.

Windows XP Professional

Create a new User Account on your PC

While the Neuros OSD can access Guest accounts on Windows, we recommend creating a new user account specifically for folders accessible by the OSD.

  • Go to Start, then Control Panel. Choose Administrative Tools. Choose Computer Management. In this dialog, navigate to System Tools, then Local Users and Groups, then Users.

Users item in Computer Management

  • Go to the Action menu, and choose New User...
  • Enter neuros as the User name.
  • Enter Neuros OSD as the Full name.
  • Enter osd as the Password.
  • Enter osd again in Confirm password.
  • Unselect User must change password at next logon.
  • Select User cannot change password.
  • Select Password never expires.
  • Your dialog should look like the one below. Press the Create button to create the new user neuros.

Completed New User dialog

Create a share on your PC that the Neuros OSD can access

  • Go to Start, My Computer, Local Disk (C:).
  • Choose the menu File, New, Folder.
  • Type share and press Enter. You have created the folder called share. This will be the folder for your movies, music, and photos that can be read from and written to by your Neuros OSD.

Important: please make sure the folder name has no spaces in it!

You will see the following dialog.

Ntwk-WinXP-share-properties.gif

  • Click Share this folder.
  • Enter share as the Share name.
  • Enter Neuros OSD shared directory as the comment. The dialog should look like the one above.
  • Click on the Permissions button. You will see the following dialog.

Ntwk-WinXP-share-permissions.gif

  • Ensure that the Group or user names list has the group Everyone listed.
  • Below, check the Allow checkbox for Full Control, Change and Read. The dialog should look like the one above.
  • Click OK to exit from the Permissions for share dialog.
  • Click OK again to exit from the share Properties dialog.
  • Copy a video file or photo into the share folder to test access from the Neuros OSD. We have copied a photo named Neuros Photo.jpg to the folder, as you will see later.

Read on to learn how to access the Windows share from your Neuros OSD.

Windows Vista Home Premium

Create a New User Account

  • Log on with an administrator account.
  • Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or remove user accounts under the User Accounts and Family Safety option.

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  • Click Continue at the User Account Control consent prompt.
  • From the Manage Accounts, click Create a new account.

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  • From the Create new account, type Neuros OSD for the user account name. Verify that Standard user is selected.

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  • From Manage Accounts, click the Neuros OSD user account you just created.

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  • From Change an account, click Create a password.

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  • Use osd as your password.

Create a Sharing Folder

  • Right-click your share folder and go to properties.

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  • Select Advanced Sharing
  • Click the box to share this folder

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  • Select Permissions, and then click Add
  • Type the name of the user, neuros, and click check names.

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  • Make sure that you have clicked the user, neuros. Click permissions.
  • Choose to allow Full Access for the user, neuros.

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  • Click the security tab

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  • Click Edit

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  • Type the user name, neuros,click check names, and click add.

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  • Select the user, neuros, and choose to allow full permissions.

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  • Click Apply and then click OK



Read on to learn how to access the Windows share from your Neuros OSD.

Access the Windows share from your Neuros OSD

  • On your Neuros OSD, go to Play|Browse, then network.

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  • Find your Windows PC and press Enter on your remote. It may be called Home or some other name that you defined when you first installed Windows. In our case, it is called DMGTEST04.

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  • Edit the User Name. Spell out neuros and choose Enter.

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  • Edit the Password. Spell out osd and choose Enter.

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  • Choose Ok. The Neuros OSD will connect to your share folder, and see your files.

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You now have full read and write access to your Windows shared drive!

Troubleshooting

Based on the feedback received on the forums, the above procedure can still sometimes fail. Try stepping through this troubleshooting guide:

  1. The OSD does not detect my PC on the network
    • After ensuring that you have followed the instructions above, try restarting both your PC and your OSD.
    • After rebooting, always attempt to access your network share through the main menu's Play|Browse before attempting to record to the share, view photos, or listen to music. Play|Browse uses a different user interface to connect to your network than do record, photos, or music. Once you have connected to your network from Play|Browse, you should have full access to the network share through record, photos, or music.
    • Make sure NetBIOS over TCP/IP is on.
    • Another source of conflict may arise from firewall software that may be running on your PC. Please try temporarily disabling your firewall and connecting to your PC from your Neuros OSD. If this works, you may need to configure your firewall software to allow access from your Neuros OSD.
  2. The OSD can see my PC, but does not list any shared folders
    • Check the shares on your PC to see if they're read-only or read-write.
  3. The OSD sees my shares, but says my username/password is denied
    • Does the Share name have a space in it? Try removing it.
    • Does your username/password use any peculiar characters?
  4. I'm able to play shared files on my OSD, but whenever I record it fails
    • Check the Shared folder's settings to make sure it's not set read-only.
  5. Anything else I can try?
    • For Windows XP users only, the Local Security Policy may be preventing your from accessing your PC. Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Local Security Policy. Open up Local Policies, then go to Security Options. Scroll down and look for Network access: Sharing and Security model for local accounts. Change the option to Classic - local users authenticate as themselves.
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