I’m an OSMC newbie with a very shallow knowledge of Linux. I just got an RPi3 with noobs pre-installed (I bought a Canakit) and I’m working on getting the Pi set up to run OSMC. I’ve had a couple problems, and I’d appreciate any help I could get. Thanks in advance.
As background, I have NextPVR running on a Windows 10 computer as my “back end”. I have Kodi running on a Windows 7 laptop with the NextPVR client enabled and properly configured. I can see and play my recorded TV programs and videos that are stored on the Windows 10 PC from the Windows 7 laptop. I have “shared” certain directories on the Windows 10 computer and was able to browse to their locations on the Windows 7 PC when adding videos to it.
My objective with the Pi is to replace the laptop with it, thereby reclaiming my laptop for other uses.
Today I began trying to set up the Pi with this in mind. I booted the Pi up into noobs and connected to my wifi. I was presented with several operating system options, as expected. One of them was OSMC Pi2. That seemed like a problem to me since I’m running a Pi3, so I looked around for what to do. The best I could find was to create a bootable SD card from scratch and boot from it. I don’t have a spare SD card, and if I have to do that, I’ll get one and do it. In the meantime, I went ahead and chose OSMC Pi2. The result was an apparently successful installation of OSMC, but I’m wondering if I should have a different version installed, specific to the Pi3.
I enabled the NextPVR addon inside OSMC and configured it to access the backend by entering appropriate configuration information. As a result, I can watch live and previously-recorded TV, I can see all the channel logos and channel guide, almost exactly like they appear on the Windows 7 PC. Live TV is a bit choppy at times, and I understand I need to install the two codecs available from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. I found the serial number on my Pi and I’ll soon order the codecs.
Now I’m trying to access other (not recorded TV) videos I have stored on the Windows 10 computer. I go to “Add Videos” and try to browse to their location, but I can’t. The Windows 10 shares don’t appear as they did on the Windows 7 laptop. I also try to navigate directly to the directories containing the videos by entering either smb:\192.168.1.66\Recorded TV or smb:\LACROSSE\Recorded TV as I had done on the Windows 7 laptop (LaCrosse is the name of my Windows 10 computer, and 192.168.1.66 is it’s IP address on my network.) No joy. OSMC seems to accept the path and asks me to give the source a name. I do that, but it just keeps asking me for a name after I’ve entered one. I have read here that there is a problem with samba and I have to use a different approach to access the shares, but I can’t figure out what to do; it’s probably due to my lack of Linux skills. Or perhaps I simply need to install samba from the app store? I have not done that.
Can anyone help me access my shared videos? Do I have the wrong version of OSMC installed on my Pi3?