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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 2009-04-10, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Attn ALL PS3 owners who use it as a media centre

I ran into a problem with my PS3 and laptop (which I use as a media server) streaming properly.

I have been streaming movies (.avi) from my laptop thru my PS3 with few problems. I ran low on storage, so I just added an external WD SATA drive connected via usb to laptop. I set it up as a simple drive, and stored movies on it. (also backed up pics, etc)

For those familiar with the PS3 menu, to select a video to watch, you select applicable 1)media server - 2)videos - 3)folders - 4)my videos to view the my videos files on the media server. (I dont think you can edit the PS3 menus to avoid all those steps...)

So I created a shortcut to the external drive - renamed it My videos and put it in the My Documents folder so that the PS3 views that drive.

It worked in that I can view all the files in there. But here is the problem I have.

When I select a movie to watch, the PS3 says "unsupported data", and wont play it. These are the same .avi files I can watch with no problems if I have them stored on the laptop drive. And if I copy them back from the external drive to the internal drive, they work again.

Thanks for any help.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 2009-04-10, 12:01 PM
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I have a similar setup as you, external USB storage. I use the free PS3 Media Server on the laptop. I find the PS3 has problems with some avi files. They come up as corrupt or unsupported data when I navigate through the folders to the files directly on the PS3, but when I go through the #--transcode--# folder they play without any problems.
Go figure.
Try that and see if it works in your case.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 2009-04-11, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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If ps3 media server program is answer I'm in trouble

PS3 media server wont run on my laptop all of a sudden. I uninstalled, re-downloaded it, re-installed, and it still wont run.

When I double click the short cut icon, or use the start menu and click on program, I get a cursor hour glass for about 1/4 second and that is it.

I did use previously with no problem.
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