MCX can't see music

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by John E. Taylor, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. I've installed the HP MC extender and can browse via the TV all my pictures
    resident on the MC machine. However, when I try to browse my music, I only
    see the few music files that came with the MC machine, not my 3000+ music
    files that show up when running the media center interface on my MC machine.
    I expected to see via the MC extender all the things that I see on the MC
    machine, but there must be something I need to do to make the MC folders
    visible via the MC extender. Any ideas? Thanks.
     
    John E. Taylor, Dec 24, 2004
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  2. John E. Taylor

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    From the "My Music" menu, press the Info button on
    your remote, and select "Add Music".

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    -Bob
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    Windows XP Media Center Edition
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    Bob [MVP], Dec 24, 2004
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  3. I already did this on the MC machine, and the files are visible there via
    the media center interface. Are you saying that I should do this on the MCX
    as well? I had assumed the MCX would automatically have access to whatever
    the MC showed via the media center interface. I assume what you are
    suggesting doesn't add any information on the MCX, but simply changes access
    settings for the MCX on the MC machine - is that right?
     
    John E. Taylor, Dec 24, 2004
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  4. John E. Taylor

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    The MCX has its own user account on the
    MCE PC, so you need to repeat the process
    from the MCX.

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    -Bob
    ____________________________
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    www.microsoft.com/ehome
     
    Bob [MVP], Dec 24, 2004
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    GregMan Guest

    John, did this work for you? I tried what Bob suggested and the MCX still
    only sees the files on the MCE machine. I gave HP a call and they told me
    that there isn't any way to get the MCX to see the contents of shared folders
    on your home network *unless* those shared folders are physically on the MCE
    machine (either they are located on an internal hd on the MCE machine or on
    an external hd usb/firewire connected to the MCE machine).

    Bob, does that sound right or am I missing something?

    Would be a shame if the MCX couldn't access those files.

    Thanks for any help.
     
    GregMan, Dec 24, 2004
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  6. John E. Taylor

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    That definitely is not correct. Like I said in another post,
    I have all my music, pictures, and videos on a PC that is
    not an MCE 2005 PC. And I can access all of that media
    using the extender.

    The network shared folders need to be readable by everyone,
    with no password required. Then they should be visible
    to both the MCE 2005 PC and the MCX device.

    --
    -Bob
    ____________________________
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    www.microsoft.com/ehome
     
    Bob [MVP], Dec 24, 2004
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    GregMan Guest

    I'll check the access/passwords to see if those are the culprits. Btw, is
    your other PC in a domain or just a stand alone PC?
     
    GregMan, Dec 24, 2004
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  8. John E. Taylor

    Bob [MVP] Guest

    No domain.

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    -Bob
    ____________________________
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP Media Center Edition
    www.microsoft.com/ehome
     
    Bob [MVP], Dec 24, 2004
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  9. Yes, it worked, but it took a long time. Here's what I did:

    1. I logged on to my MCX machine and went into "My Music" and pressed the
    "Info" button on the remote. In the Add Music area, I could not see my
    music folder, which is on my MC machine.

    2. I went to my MC machine, under My Computer, found my music folder, right
    clicked and set it to shared access (read only).

    3. I returned to my MCX machine and now my music folder on my MC machine
    comes up as an option for adding music. I selected it, and the MCX machine
    warned that it would take some time.

    4. I waited, and eventually I could see a message indicated each album as
    it was added.

    I can now select all of my music on my MCX "My Music" (though it is
    resident the MC machine). So it works, but I don't understand why I didn't
    have to do the same thing for "My Pictures" which are also resident on the
    MC machine but are visible on my MCX machine without any such steps.

    Perhaps I'm a simple person here, but I would prefer that my MCX interface
    simply be a window to what I see on my MC machine through its media
    interface. But it appears that I will have to do this "add folders" thing
    for everything (well, maybe not, since the pictures showed up without the
    extra steps.
     
    John E. Taylor, Dec 24, 2004
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