- December 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm #160269
Not a overly stunning hack here, but I haven’t scene a guide on how to do this and I figgured it might come in handy for some less techy nc10 owners.
After completing this howto, you will have access to the cd drive of a remote computer meaning you will be able to view any disk that the remote drive can.
A computer with a cd / dvd drive (we’ll call this server and we’ll call your nc10 … nc10)
Some form of networking the 2 machines together – wifi will be fine, but you might want to use a super g card if your going to be watching dvd’s – (Nc10 only comes with g)
1: open my computer on server.
2: Locate your cd drive, this could have a number of names but it should be fairly obvious.
3: Right click the drive and click sharing and securitty.
4: Tick the box which says “share this folder” or words to that effect.
5: The rest of the feelds that you are presented with on this page can be left, but if you wish, you can give your drive a more friendly name if the letter isn’t enough.
6: Click ok – Note: if you are prompted in steps 4, 5 or 6 about enabling file or printer sharing, tick the box that says “just enable file and printer sharing” or words to that effect – running the network setup wizard is not needed.
7: Exit everything that you opened above, right click my computer and choos properties.
8: in the list of tabs at the top, click computer name.
9: Click change and in the first box, you will see the name of your computer.
10: Note this down – if its something boring, feel free to rename it – you’ll need to restart if you do though.
11: Insert a cd / dvd into the drive – any disk will do.
On your nc10:
1: Confirm that you are connected to your network.
2: Open my computer, click tools then map network drive.
3: Choos the letter you want your new cd drive to have.
4: In the folder edit box, type “\serverdrive” with out the quoats, where server is the computer name you wrote down ^ and drive is the share name you gave to your cd drive.
5: Click connect using a different username – this is not needed in every situation but entering it won’t do any harm.
6: In the username box, enter “serveruser” with out the quoats where server is the name you wrote down above and user is the name of the user you were logged on to when you shared your drive.
7: Click ok, check the box that says reconnect at loggon and click ok.
Fingers crossed, if everything went ok, after a few seconds, you should see the contents of the cd thats in server on your nc10.
As I said, nothing groundbreaking but hopefully it’ll help someone.
Post if you have problems.December 26, 2008 at 4:19 pm #177358adatay92Member
Thanks for the guide ben, I’m sure people will find it useful.
I believe the bit that people find most difficult is actually “networking” two computers together in the first place. Once they have done this, following your instructions should get them going with sharing a CD/DVD drive fairly quickly.December 26, 2008 at 7:07 pm #177359saureyMember
Can you use such method for installing an OS? Meaning Booting off of a network cd-rom drive? I doubt it, but worth asking.December 26, 2008 at 7:51 pm #177361
No, you can’t.
Assuming that you still have a os on your nc10, the easyist way of doing a new install would be to copy the files to a external drive or some flash memory and run the setup from there, opting to do a clean install. Or if your wanting to use ubuntu, you could give wubi a try.December 27, 2008 at 2:50 pm #177360OlegGioMember
Well, I used to install os from network drive, but of course did not manage to boot from it. When installing all necessary files copied to local hdd and after that you’re booting from local drive. Other way to make bootable usb-stick and nLite or vLite copy of installation XP(Vista) to itDecember 27, 2008 at 7:16 pm #177362
Yeah I mean obviously you can copy the setups from the drive but don’t run them from the network as I don’t kno if it’ll be smart enough to realise that there not local.
Another issue arises when your running the setups from your local drive and you want to deleet the partition that there on.December 31, 2008 at 6:20 pm #177363jay_2kMember
cheers ben, i can now install some games now 🙂
thanks very much!!January 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm #177364
When I do all of this, I get a message:
Z: is not accessible.
Not enough server storage is available to process this command.
Both computers are networked over wireless network and I can see and access the shared folders, my documents, external hard drive, etc. on the server PC from the NC10 (everything that’s been “shared” except for the server DVD-RW drive). Any help will be appreciated.
My C drive on the server PC is pretty full as of late. Would that cause the problem, and if so how much space would I need to free on the server C drive for this to work?January 4, 2009 at 8:07 am #177368
When I do all of this, I get a message:
Z: is not accessible.
Not enough server storage is available to process this command. [/quote1231056266]
[MOD EDIT] Google link shortened. ~BeckyJanuary 5, 2009 at 5:23 am #177365
Thanks BuddaChu. After doing some reading after my initial post, I did narrow down to the IRP Stacksize issue (also had error codes in the event log confirming this). I increased the IRP Stacksize no problem (it was set to 11 and I set at 16), but somewhere along the way I lost the ability to see the workgroup computers from both the PC and the NC10. I re-ran the network wizard on both and rebooted each but still can’t see the shared folders. ??January 7, 2009 at 12:36 am #177369
Kaymack: I’m having trouble trying to figure out just what the issue is on your setup. If you changed a parameter on the NC10, yet can’t see other computers on the server (where you changed nothing) that indicates something network-wise is wonky.
–Check the Workgroup name on all machines to make sure they match.
–Make sure the NetBIOS name setting in the TCP/IP settings is the same on all machines (this could affect the Master Browser list)
–Make sure the “TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper” service is running and set to “Automatic”
-Check the other services (like “Remote Access Connection Manager”, etc) to see if one you need is stopped
–Lastly, check permissions. Share a folder out on the server and set the “Everyone” permission on it and see if you can see it on the NC10. If you can and can access it, back off the permissions until you figure out what’s set wrong and where.January 9, 2009 at 12:07 am #177366
Thanks for all of the help and info BuddaChu…haven’t had a chance to fiddle with things until today, but oddly, before I did anything I checked again to see what workgroups show up. Lo and behold, I can see and access the NC10 from the PC and PC from the NC10 and the CD drive is mapped and networked perfectly via wireless (thanks Ben). Hasn’t been that way in a week until today and I haven’t done a thing to it…as if it fixed itself overnight. Any idea what would cause that?….’puter gnomes at work while I sleep?January 11, 2009 at 7:21 am #177370
I’m a computer tech @ work and have “fixed” machines just by standing next to them while the user is attempting to show me the “problem”. Magic!
This must be something like that. My foo is strong. hi-YA!January 12, 2009 at 4:24 am #177367
Xie’xie’ni Master Buddachu!
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