So here is my story:
In November 2009 I bought a PBO from amazon.com. I've had other media devices before and wasn't happy with any of them. The PBO, though was (almost) perfect. The fan was ridiculously loud, even out of the PBO. After reading about that in these forums I contacted Patriot and they sent me a new fan that was silent by itself (but was still a bit noisy) in the PBO. After a few weeks of using the PBO I added a 120GB internal drive. To put files on the PBO I would connect the PBO to my pc via the 4-pin usb on the back. The drive would appear in Windows Explorer and I would use that drive just like any other flash drive or sd card.
The only issue was with networking. I've got two pc's on an ethernet network. Each computer could see and interact with each other. The PBO could see both computers and access one without a password, but the other computer required a password. Both computers have the same network settings.
Two weeks ago a friend of mine bought a PBO CORE and when we got it and turned it on her interface was completely different than mine. I called Patriot tech support and asked if I can get that newer firmware on my older unit. They sent me to the forums and I downloaded and installed this:
Official Release P61 (Oct 13 2010)
ES-51-283G-PCMPBO25-P61 [Only for Bootcode 16]*
After which my old unit was running the new software.
My updated PBO can still see both computers, and access one without a password, just as before.
However, now I have two additional problems.
Neither computer can see the PBO even though the device can see both computers.
When I plug the PBO in with the same 4-pin usb cable, windows does not recognize it.
Thereís two things Iím hoping to do:
- make it so the computers can access the PBO over ethernet.
- be able to access the PBO when directly connected to a computer with usb.
If at all possible Iíd also like to be able to connect to the second computer from the PBO without requiring a password.
Iíve read hundreds of forum posts resultant from various searches, but I havenít learned anything useful as of yet.
Honestly Iím not even sure what info to provide to receive help, so Iíll start with this:
From the PBO Version Information screen:
System Revision: P0020BC16-6LFrom the PBO Network menu:
Kernel Revision: 323634
Region Code: 0
Wired Lan Setup: 192.168.15.101Both pcís are running 32bit Windows Vista Home Premium SP2.
Wireless Setup: Off : DHCP Not ready!!
PPPoE Setup: Off: Can't get any IP
Both pcís have the same network workgroup name.
Any ideas about the networking or the usb connection?
If there is other info I can provide to help deduce the solution, don't hesitate to ask.
Thanks in advance!