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  • ibowden commented on The Server Guy's instructable Raspberry Pi Media Server - MiniDLNA12 months ago
    Raspberry Pi Media Server - MiniDLNA

    I'm further along than I was when I wrote that last post, but am still not totally at the finish line...After doing a lot of searching and experimenting, I've discovered that I can get myself out of emergency mode by editing the fstab file and then rebooting. After some further reading on the 'net and experimentation, I've found that when I identify my file system as "ntfs-3g" in fstab and do the other config file editing in the subsequent steps, I can boot up properly and I can even see the media server from my smart DVD player and any PC on my network! Almost there! However...Despite having hundreds of media files on the USB hard drive that's attached to the Pi, none are visible via the DVD player's interface. They presumably need to be reorganized somewhat into specific dir...see more »I'm further along than I was when I wrote that last post, but am still not totally at the finish line...After doing a lot of searching and experimenting, I've discovered that I can get myself out of emergency mode by editing the fstab file and then rebooting. After some further reading on the 'net and experimentation, I've found that when I identify my file system as "ntfs-3g" in fstab and do the other config file editing in the subsequent steps, I can boot up properly and I can even see the media server from my smart DVD player and any PC on my network! Almost there! However...Despite having hundreds of media files on the USB hard drive that's attached to the Pi, none are visible via the DVD player's interface. They presumably need to be reorganized somewhat into specific directories where they'll be found. No explanation was provided in your instructions regarding doing this. Perhaps it has something to do with identifying these directories with the letters A, P, and V.The best interface to do this expected reorganization of the USB hard drive is from is my Windows 10 PC which, as I stated, shows the DLNA server in its list of Media Devices in the Network category. However, when I try to actually access the media server by double-clicking - as I would access any other PC or storage device on my network - I'm immediately transported to my browser and a Mini DLNA status screen. This screen, BTW and as expected, indicates exactly zero available audio, video, and image files!Ongoing, it would seem rather silly to have to disengage the USB hard drive from the Pi and attach it to my Windows PC every time I wanted to add some media files to my library! I'm figuring there's got to be a way via Windows File Manager to simply copy media files over to the MiniDLNA server rather than via this cumbersome detach/attach procedure.Please help me with these final steps.

    I'm a Windows guy, swimming through the murky depths of Raspbian, trying to get a little media server set up on my home network. After following your instructions to the nth degree, I find myself - for the second time - with the "Welcome to emergency mode!" prompt and have no idea of what to then do to extricate myself from it! So, once again, I am beginning from scratch by putting NOOBS onto an SD card and going through the process again from the beginning...I trip when I come to the reboot just after editing the fstab file. In the previous step, the "sudo fdisk -l" command indicated what you stated I'd need to know about the USB hard drive I've attached to the Pi. Specifically, it told me that it was sda1 and that the file system was HPFS/NTFS/exFAT.When explaining...see more »I'm a Windows guy, swimming through the murky depths of Raspbian, trying to get a little media server set up on my home network. After following your instructions to the nth degree, I find myself - for the second time - with the "Welcome to emergency mode!" prompt and have no idea of what to then do to extricate myself from it! So, once again, I am beginning from scratch by putting NOOBS onto an SD card and going through the process again from the beginning...I trip when I come to the reboot just after editing the fstab file. In the previous step, the "sudo fdisk -l" command indicated what you stated I'd need to know about the USB hard drive I've attached to the Pi. Specifically, it told me that it was sda1 and that the file system was HPFS/NTFS/exFAT.When explaining and illustrating that your Pi indicated the file type to be "FAT32", the resulting parameter you entered into the fstab file was "vfat." Presumably, there is an unexplained correlation between FAT32 and vfat which is not explained nor expanded upon, especially when faced with a different file system type - HPFS/NTFS/exFAT in my case.I have also presumed, by the way, that there are tab characters to be inserted where large spaces exist in the line "/dev/sda1 /media/HDD vfat defaults 0 2" Am I correct in doing this? Large spaces made by multiple space characters are unheard of typically when formatting parameters for a command. Perhaps this is different in the Linux world.So, when I go to edit fstab for the third time, what am I to put here? I have tried FAT32 and HPFS and tabs between parameters and ended up in emergency mode and fear I'll be there again if I put HPFS/NTFS/exFAT there. Please add some further information and clarity to your instructions so that I can make this seemingly-simple project come to a happy conclusion!

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