Did everything as explained in above tutorial. Easy. Amended the registry. Easy. Still had to log in using Guest/Blank. Saw "Network" and was happy. Then I updated firmware and I "thought I had". Got a laptop hard drive and formatted. PBO saw the drive. Took box to PC and put in 211 gigs of video . Hooked it back to the TV and nothing in hard drive. Started having trouble getting into the network. Curious.
Messing around for hours heard the box getting louder. Box was getting warm and wireless dongle was hot. Put original firm ware back in. Got into the network with a band width of 700 to 9ooK. The dongle was pretty hot. Network kept dropping out. Could not see any files in hard drive.
Updated firmware, saw a post where an external drive was only useful after that. Formatted drive and took it back to the videos. Hooked box back to TV and drive is full of videos.
Conclusion: I went through many pains to realize that hard drives only work with the beta firmware. The patriot dongle that Amazon threw in for free is most likely fried. You get what you pay for.
A friend of mine in Germany had gotten the Western Digital box and loves it. Simple remote, much better GUI and saw his external drive right away.
Can't figure out how to copy from thumb drive to hard drive. Box just creates more directories.
The other conclusion: I hope Patriot gets this really user friendly, and maybe publish a proper manual using all functions of the GUI. I would not recommend this to anybody unless it is wired into a network. My wife looks at all the inputs just to get a movie off the drive and shakes her head. For her I will most likely burn more disk. Ah well, I ramble.