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SOLVED - Samba Share Not Working

Discussion in 'NEO X8-H Plus' started by Mark112887, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. Mark112887

    Mark112887 Member

    I recently updated my box to the latest firmware that includes the built-in samba server. When I go into the settings to enable the feature I cannot see my box on my Windows machine. I have network discovery enabled and my box has never been previously rooted in any way. Can anyone help me get this working?
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  2. lalalala

    lalalala Member

    Google it.
  3. pusb87

    pusb87 Well-Known Member Trusted Helper

    very helpful advice
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  4. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    I too have never been able to see the device on a Windows 7 machine!

    My X7 can see it though.

  5. lalalala

    lalalala Member

    It is not a clickandgo you must follow tutorial about your exact flavour of windows. Google it.
  6. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    If you know the solution then why not share it!

    At least a helpful "Google It" link.
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  7. lalalala

    lalalala Member

  8. pusb87

    pusb87 Well-Known Member Trusted Helper

    maybe a little help and direction from minix guys would be useful in how to use samba
    i guess most windows users would be on 7 or 8(.1) now

    its not obvious to me what this new feature is intended to provide
  9. Dr Goodvibes

    Dr Goodvibes The Doctor

    Enable SAMBA on Minix X8H-Plus.

    Enter \\192.168.1.n into Windows Explorer.(the file browser not the internet browser).

    In the username/password popup enter X8H-Plus SAMBA username/password.

    Above assumes you're using a default class C IP address.
  10. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    NB: Before you start, it is best to give your device a Static IP address. (y)

    Mapping the Samba Share as a Network Drive on a Windows 7 PC
    Right click on Computer, and select "Map network drive":


    Enter IP address for device.
    X8-H Plus: Replace xmodulo with X8H
    U1: Replace xmodulo with U1


    Username: root
    Password: 123


    Thanks to @Alexei's post...
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2016
  11. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

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  12. Dr Goodvibes

    Dr Goodvibes The Doctor

    Is there an X8H mount point configured on the X8H Plus?

    I have root access on my X8H-Plus and with just the DHCP host name I see the complete / file system.

    Way cool for tooling with the system.

    To cold to get out of bed to check. :)

    Somebody..???...wheel my bed into the day room.
  13. Mark112887

    Mark112887 Member

    That did the trick, thank you so much for the assistance. I had read every single page of that thread but the reason I didn't follow the steps in the first place was because I was under the impression that I should have been able to see the box in my network area. That and it was about 3 o'clock in the morning at the time and I was a little bit too tired

    Just to confirm the box should not be discoverable by Windows, is this correct?

    I have no problem with manually mapping the drive because I have made my IP address static anyway
  14. pusb87

    pusb87 Well-Known Member Trusted Helper

  15. Villa

    Villa Administrator Administrator

    X8-H Plus is quite new to me, not been using it really. When I received it recently I installed 006Beta firmware to test the Samba server and got nothing at the Windows end and it appeared others had the same problem. I gave up, didn't see/missed the correct answers in the 006Beta forum and returned to my X7. Your post sparked me off again 'coz I really wanted to get to the bottom of this.

    So thank you too! (y)
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  16. Mark112887

    Mark112887 Member

    Just to confirm the box should not be discoverable by Windows, is this correct?
  17. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Anything we need to do?
  18. Dr Goodvibes

    Dr Goodvibes The Doctor

    @Villa all working now? :)

    I see there is a x8h mount point, but I never enter/use it (I have a rooted box). ::cowboy:: but I recommend using the mount point X8H
    I mount the X8H-Plus SAMBA share in MS Windows File Explorer using:


    I don't map a drive or do any 'fancy' Windows configuration as I have a few Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices and only need periodic host to host file access and nothing long term.

    One can do that later if you want a more controlled setup.
    Experience has taught me to get something working at it's simplest and then build on that.

    My quick and easy example above works on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
    Also works on any Android device when using ES File Explorer and then setting up a 'server' mount point in the LAN screen.

    SAMBA configuration file is located as /etc/smb.conf

    You do need to be in the same IP subnet/LAN to get a simple example working.
    And workgroup = WORKGROUP

    If you want to access SAMBA on the Minix X8H-Plus using NetBIOS (god help us all) the host name is ANDROID.

    @Mark112887 if you're going to manually assign the share in Windows, you probably don't need it as discoverable and as such it shouldn't appear as a resource in Windows Network. I never worry about this so not 100% sure.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2015
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  19. PaJoe

    PaJoe Member

    What is samba server and what does it do

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  20. MINIX - Ken

    MINIX - Ken Former MINIX Team Member Administrator

    Simply speaking it makes your box a media server and you could view the contents from other devices such as your PC or your tablet.
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