I never once had the user/password pop up on me - using 3 W7 x64 PCs - a Windows Home Server and multiple USB HDDs storing 'many' Tbs of content and scattered all over the network
I have video share with folders for movie types and I added each folder under that share as a different connected folder. On the software boxee you can save your passwords to smb but not here.
Did you first enter user name and password for your shares or did they not require it when you first connected? Also if your using dnla share and not smb then you don't need password either. My whs has no guest account, strictly username and passwords and I don't use the dnla windows media connect service from whs either.
I am 1000% sure as a product manager that many of these advanced user tweaks options have to make it's way back to the box or you might as well get an apple tv. I think boxee user experience should be balanced with simple "advanced" options to turn on GUI items grandma doesn't need but I do.
Thanks (at least I have until 31st of Jan to see it happen)
"My whs has no guest account, strictly username and passwords and I don't use the dnla windows media connect service from whs either" -- Same Here
Yah - I don't understand why setting up local files shares is a piece of cake for some and a nightmare for others -- I've reviewed the tips in this thread and I don't see anything missing or omitted to the best of my knowledge
Here are the changes I made to both my Windows Vista laptop and my Windows XP box to allow Boxee Box to work with the shares:
1) Created a new user account "shareguest", exclusively for accessing shared drives.
2) Added UDP ports 137,138,139 and TCP/IP ports 137,138,139 through Windows Firewall.
3) Turned on NetBios over TCP/IP.
4) Removed the existing shares on Boxee and reconnected to them as "shareguest".
5) Rebooted Boxee Box
Now everything is working ok. It wouldn't surprise me if only 1 or 2 of the above steps are what got things working for me. However, I don't have the time to sit down for several hours and do fault isolation, so I did everything at once.
This is funny, but oh well it works. Finally connected everything to my windows laptop, did everything as mentioned, and when i finally uninstalled the windows live, it suddenly appeared in my boxee box. OK, now everything is hooked up, added the media sources, but unfortunately, it all shows as disconnected as a source, so, it won't scan.
HOWEVER, and this is the funny part. If i go to my Files section of menu, and go to my network drive that way, i have full access to all the media, and just finished watching a full HD 1080p mkv file without a hitch.
SO, it's funny and weird that one section of boxee box (File Sources) says disconnected therefor no scans or scrapes, but the other side of boxee box (Menu --> files) gives me full access.
Oh well, guess I'll have to go through that route until all is better in a future update.