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I have spent a couple of days at this issue, and I'm seething in frustration.

I am trying to stream my movies/music to my Wii console.

When I had Windows, this was all too simple: create a profile with username and pass, know your IP, and select directories to share.

  • Now I tried something similar to this with Samba, but it just doesn't work. I tried everything. I tried a few tutorials which ended up making ubuntu freeze and refuse to boot (re-install).
  • I also tried seriio, which I couldn't get to work after numerous tutorials.
  • Finally I tried vlc with vlc-shares. I had some success. I got it to run, but it will only let me stream from /root not expansion drive :( . I tried to put a movie on my SSD and it didn't work anyway.

I am at a total loss as what to do now. I am by no means a total newbie at networking, just new to Linux. I would appreciate it greatly if someone could guide me in the right direction.

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu. Could you please edit your question and add the precise error you got when you tried to use vlc-shares from a non-/root partition? – MadMike Nov 14 '13 at 11:59

I would recommend installing the GUI for Samba (if you haven't already) by searching for "samba" in the Ubuntu Software Center, or by installing the "system-config-samba" package with this command:

sudo apt-get install system-config-samba

Then start start samba with the following command:

sudo system-config-samba

Then create a new share, give it a folder and make it accessible to "everyone". Then create a new user. Select your own username in the drop-down menu "Unix Username" Then enter a Windows username and Samba password. These two, along with your computers IP-address are the settings you enter in WiiMC under SMB Share.

(Keep in mind that you can't stream videos with a quality higher than 480p, because the Wii simply isn't strong enough.)

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