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Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503: How to access PC resources from TV?
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Sylvander

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Location: West Lothian, Scotland, UK

PostPosted: Tue 01 Nov 2011, 16:46    Post subject:  

SUCCESS! Very Happy
1. With the firewall off...
When I went to the TV and used the remote to go to:
Home->Settings->Network->Server Display Settings
There was displayed:
Server = puppypc:root
Display = yes [I could have toggled this to no]

2. When I then repeatedly pressed return to go back to the 1st list of menus, that are gotten right after "Home"...
There beneath the "Video" heading...
Among all the other offerings out on the web...
Was a listing named "puppypc:root" [NOT the name I typed in the minidlna.conf file].

3. Chose the puppypc:root item...
Got another menu with "Browse folders" included, which I chose.
I could then see the folder hierarchy located [in the mounted partition] on the external HDD connected to the PC and powered-on.
Navigated down through the folder hierarchy just to test that it could be done.
I could see all the various sub-folders OK.
Didn't actually attempt to play a video file [wife watching a program]...
Will do so ASAP, and report back.

4. Is it possible to get this to work with the firewall switched back on?

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trapster


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PostPosted: Tue 01 Nov 2011, 17:00    Post subject:  

Yes, see /etc/rc.d/rc.firewall.
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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Tue 01 Nov 2011, 18:59    Post subject:  

I cannot find such a file...
Neither in that folder, nor any other.

Might the above have anything to do with the fact I'm running Firewallstate?

Oops...
The file is there now that I've restarted the firewall. Embarassed

So what should I do with this file?
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mandibule2005

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PostPosted: Tue 01 Nov 2011, 21:56    Post subject: access PC
Subject description: Very good
 

Works very good with my Sharp 52LE83OU ! Thanks Laughing
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trapster


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PostPosted: Sat 05 Nov 2011, 06:58    Post subject:  

Sylvander,

No follow ups? Did you drop this project?

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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Sat 05 Nov 2011, 08:17    Post subject:  

Was just taking a short rest on this.

Only just saw your post.
Fetched my emails, and there was the notification of your post.

1. When using my TV remote to browse...
(a) I click on "Home->Video->puppypc:root" and get the following possible choices:
Browse folders
Music
Pictures
Video
(b) If I choose "Video", I'm then offered:
All video
Folders
(c) If I choose "Folders", I'm then offered:
My Deliveries
My Pictures
My Videos
(d) I choose "My Videos"...
Navigate [for example] down to a folder holding a video named "Horses", and it plays...
It's a video made privately by a young film-maker to accompany a music recording made by my son's band.
Here it is on Youtube.
[The copy I have is of better quality. Looks much better on my TV]
Funny thing is...that file has a jpg extension, and I believe the TV's renderer only plays mp4 videos.

2. How should I avoid being forced to "Remove" the firewall?
Switching "Firewall Off" in "Firewall On/Off" didn't succeed in switching it off.
I don't want to be forced to switch it off either.
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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Tue 20 Dec 2011, 15:14    Post subject:  

The problem with my Sony TV is that it only plays MP4 files.

But not just any MP4 files...
They must have been produced originally as MP4, not converted to MP4.

Need to find a better solution.

My daughter bought me a DVD recorder/player, and that plays AVI files or DVD/CD disks.
Has a USB socket, so I can copy AVI files to a Flash Drive, and plug it in and play.
Still not an ideal solution.

I probably need something like a "Digital Media Player".
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trapster


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PostPosted: Wed 21 Dec 2011, 07:35    Post subject:  

If you really feel brave and want to dig into something else, mediatomb will serve and transcode on the fly.
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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Dec 2011, 10:31    Post subject:  

Could you explain MediaTomb: what it does, and how it does it, etc.
Is it like miniDLNA?
Would I use it instead of miniDLNA?

The info given at that linked website didn't give me a coherent mental image.
I wondered: do you go to a website and run something from the web, or is there a program to install, and what does it then do?
Is there a PET file for MediaTomb?

Found this video on the web, but it terminates before the explanation is complete.
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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Sat 14 Jan 2012, 04:27    Post subject:  

The latest state of play:

1. I bought an "HD Media Box" [£30][a small plastic box with various sockets] and 1.5m "HDMI lead" [£21] at Maplin.

2. The Media Box seems to be able to play every media filetype invented.
e.g.
Video: MPEG1,MPEG2,MPEG4,H.264,WMV9/XC-1,Real Video,MJPEG,FLV.
[i.e. MPG,MPEG,VOB,TS/TP,M2TS,MKV,AVI,MP4,MOV,WMV,RM/RMVB,FLV]
Similarly with audio and image files.
Filesystems supported: FAT,FAT32,NTFS,exFAT.
Has both a USB-2.0, and SD/SDHC/MMC memory card slot.

3. Used the HDMI lead to connect it to the back of the TV.
Connected it to the mains using the adapter, and powered it on.
Used the TV remote to get the TV to look at the HDMI input socket.
Plugged in an 8GB Flash Drive, formatted NTFS, with a 5GB VOB file ripped from a video disk using the command vobcopy -l.
Used the Media Box remote to navigate to the file and played it.
Worked just fine; quality excellent [box does up to 1080P, same as the TV].

4. I've yet to try connecting my external USB HDD.
That has an ext3 partition followed by an NTFS partition holding some videos.

5. This is very simple to use and plays EVERY multimedia file I might throw at it. Very Happy
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difedepe

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PostPosted: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 13:01    Post subject:  

Hi Trapster,
thanks a lot.
Now it seems work.

Thank you very very much Smile
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