Connecting Xbox 360 to PC using Windows Media Connect

Connecting Xbox 360 to PC using Windows Media Connect

Post by Scott Mica » Thu, 27 Apr 2006 21:35:36


I have my Xbox 360 setup as a Extender and it connects up fine to my Media
Center PC with no problem. What I can't make it do is connect to my PC when
I go into the Dash Board and select the Media Tab and then choose either
Pictures, music, or videos. It asks me if I have installed the Windows
media connect and I tell it yes. It then tries to test the connection and
fails on the last part trying to connect to a PC. I tried disabling my One
Care Firewall and that did not seem to help. I am not sure what else to
try. Anyone have a fix for this problem?

Thanks
-Scott
 
 
 

Connecting Xbox 360 to PC using Windows Media Connect

Post by Scott Mica » Thu, 27 Apr 2006 21:52:16

One side note, I can connect to XBox Live and if I open up Windows Media
Connect I do see my XBox there with a green allow under it.

 
 
 

Connecting Xbox 360 to PC using Windows Media Connect

Post by Chris H » Thu, 27 Apr 2006 22:26:32

Scott, without knowing what your LAN topography is (wired, wireless, what
hardware is involved), I suggest you take a look at a couple FAQs which head
up the Xbox 360 Media Connectivity forum here:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
within the FAQs, and you can do a search among all the threads for a
situation similar to what you're seeing. If you're using a router, make
sure you've got the latest firmware installed.
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Connecting Xbox 360 to PC using Windows Media Connect

Post by Scott Mica » Thu, 27 Apr 2006 22:45:53

I am wired all the way through. I had a 360 a few months ago and everything
worked fine. I have not changed anything on my MCE PC, so I am not sure
what the problem might be. I have a Netgear Router now and like I said
before it was all working fine with the other 360 I had. Seems strange that
I can connect to my as a extender to my MCE, but not to it to stream media
from the Dash Board Media Tab.
 
 
 

Connecting Xbox 360 to PC using Windows Media Connect

Post by Chris H » Thu, 27 Apr 2006 23:37:11

Does the Xbox 360 see the PC on the Media tab? Since you can see your 360
in the Windows Media Connect section as "Allowed" do you show files/folders
when you select Shared in the left pane? It could be, since you switched
out 360's, that you need to remove and then Add... the shared files again.
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Connecting Xbox 360 to PC using Windows Media Connect

Post by Scott Mica » Fri, 28 Apr 2006 00:20:51

o the Xbox does not see the PC on the media tab. If you are talking about
when I select Music or photos from that and then it does the test and tries
to confirm everything is working. When it gets to the last step it fails on
trying to see the Media PC. Yes I do see files and folders as being shared
to all devices. I did remove and re-add my 360 but that did not do the
trick.


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Post by Chris H » Fri, 28 Apr 2006 00:42:51

eside the OneCare software, what other third-party AV or firewall is
running on the PC? If you're running the Windows Firewall, you might check
this Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/910635/en-us There are also known issues
with Norton (Symantec) and McAfee programs, so those need to be temporarily
uninstalled.

This situation also could be a case of improper permissions being set on the
PC. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the top-level directory
containing your shared music and try the following: (1) Right-click the
directory containing your files, (2) click Properties and then (3) select
the Security tab. (4) Click the Add... entry, then (5) type "MCRD Users" in
the box, click OK twice to exit. Restart the PC, bring up the Xbox 360, and
see if you've got a connection.
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Post by Scott Mica » Fri, 28 Apr 2006 04:00:33

hris,

I just went home for lunch and before I left I found some other Windows
Media Connect firewall ports that needed to be opened. I enabled them and
then when I got home I tried it and it now connects as it is suppose to. So
looks like I am in business. Thanks for your help!

-Scott

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Post by Chris H » Fri, 28 Apr 2006 04:18:06

ou're welcome, Scott. Enjoy the setup!
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Post by JBDrago » Mon, 01 May 2006 11:37:24

I would go into your Services, and check to make sure you have the Universal
Plug and Play Device Host(UPnP), Enabled! This was my problem, it was set
to Disabled, and it needs to be set to Automatic. Took a while for me to
figure this one out.

Go into the Control Panel, Click on "Administrative Tools" Icon. Click on
the "Services" Icon
Scroll down the list of names to near the bottom and find "Universal Plug
and Play Device Host"
Look and see what Startup Type is set at. If it's Disabled and NOT
Automatic, then you need to fix this. Right click on the line and enter
Properties, right in the middle of the box it Shows Startup Type. Change
this to Automatic and then click OK and then you can close up Services page.

Now Try Media Connect again. Make sure you can pick the Directory's you
want access to on the 360! There was a bunch I had to do on Zone Alarm also
as that's the firewall I'm using so that I don't have to disable it. That
was a minor problem. My main problem was the UPnP setting, So I would check
this one first!