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Registered: ‎03-09-2011
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Vista notebook can't see WiFi File Share enabled PlayBook

Not sure what's wrong, anyone else trying to use the WiFi File Share features?

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Re: Vista notebook can't see WiFi File Share enabled PlayBook

I setup the PlayBook to share files over WiFi and my system just doesn't see it on the network.
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My Device: Curve 8530 OS 5.0.0.1030 and playbook OS 1.0.3.2342

Re: Vista notebook can't see WiFi File Share enabled PlayBook

Try to follow this procedures:

 

How to transfer files to and from the BB PlayBook
Overview
The following sections outline different methods of transfering files to and from the BlackBerry® PlayBook™.

Wi-Fi® Sharing

Complete the following steps to share files over a Wi-Fi connection:

  1. From the BlackBerry PlayBook home screen, select the settings icon.
  2. Select Storage and Sharing.
  3. Toggle Wi-Fi Sharing to ON.
  4. Tap Properties to verify network identification information. (PlayBook name, password etc)
  5. From a Windows or Mac based computer on the same network as the BlackBerry PlayBook, navigate to the IP address of the PlayBook which can be found under Settings > About > Network.
    1. On a Windows computer, open the Run dialog box and type \\127.1.1.1 (where 127.1.1.1 should be replaced with the actual IP address of the BlackBerry PlayBook)
    2. On a Mac computer, select Go -> Connect to Server... and type smb://127.1.1.1 (where 127.1.1.1 should be replaced with the actual IP address of the BlackBerry PlayBook)
  6. Users will then connect to the media folder which contains several subfolders such as documents, music, photos, videos etc.  Users can then move files between the computer and these folders.

File Sharing with a Mac via USB connection

To share files between a Mac and the BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry® Device Manager will need to be installed. Complete the following steps to install BlackBerry Device Manager:

  1. Connect the BlackBerry PlayBook to the Mac.
  2. On the desktop or within Finder, double click BlackBerry PlayBook CD.
  3. Double click the BlackBerry Device Manager Installer to start the installation process.
  4. After reviewing the Read Me and License Agreement click Continue Installation.
  5. Reboot the computer when prompted.
  6. After the reboot is complete and the PlayBook is started, a message may be presented stating that a new network interface has been detected.  If this is the case, click on Network Preferences and click Apply.
  7. You may receive the error message  "You can't install the 'Network' preferences pane because it is already installed". *** If you receive this message,  See the additional notes for further steps, otherwise continue to step 8.
  8. After the PlayBook has been setup in Network Preferences, the PlayBook share will appear on the desktop whenever the PlayBook is connected to the computer.
  9. Click the Playbook icon on the desktop to display the PlayBook share.  Users can then move files between the computer and the PlayBook.

File Sharing with a Windows® PC via USB connection

To share files between a Windows based PC and the BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry Device Manager will need to be installed. Complete the following steps to install BlackBerry Device Manager:

  1. Connect the BlackBerry PlayBook to the computer via USB cable.
  2. If BlackBerry Device Manager is not yet installed, the PlayBook will display a screen entitled Installing Drivers.
  3. On the computer, double click the BlackBerry PlayBook CD drive icon.
  4.  Open the Drivers folder.
  5. Double click Setup.exe
  6. After selecting the appropriate region and accepting the License Agreement select Install.
  7. Select Finish and then OK to the prompt confirming that the PlayBook will need to be disconnected and then reconnected prior to use.
  8. Once reconnected to the computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be mounted as a Network Drive labelled PlayBook [PIN: 500AAAAA].  Double click the network drive icon to access the PlayBook folders.  Users can then move files between the computer and the PlayBook.



 

Environment
  • BlackBerry® PlayBook™

 

CollapseAdditional Information
If you receive the error message  "You can't install the 'Network' preferences pane because it is already installed" while attempting to install the Network Device, complete the following steps:

1. Click Ok and Navigate to System Preferences > Network
2. Click Ok to accept the network changes. If you do not see the acceptance prompt, continue to the next step.
3. Click the "+" under the listed device.
4. Click Create on the RIM Network device interface screen



Additional Notes:

  • File and Folder creation is only available on the playbook within the sub directories of the file structure.  No folders can be created on the root folder of the drive.  This is by design.
  • The main folders of the playbook are not meant to be modified renamed deleted or changed.  This is by design.
  • While any file type can physically moved to the playbook the files capable of being opened by the playbook are still limited to KB26606, as well as KB26518.

 

Note: After you connect your tablet via wifi in the network, you can also share files doing this:

I personally have windows 7 in my laptops, and when I need to transfer files using my laptop, I open network and sharing center, then I click on see full map and finally I click on the icon  playbook-a185, the next screen will show you 2 folders: certs and media.

Another way is opening windows explorer and on the left under network, see the computers listed on the network, find playbook-a185, click on it and will open the folders.

Note: make sure you have file sharing and wifi sharing ON on the playbook. I turn OFF password protect so will be easier to access your files, and when you are done, you can turn password protection ON.

If you still can't see playbook on the network, open windows explorer and on the left pane, click on network, it will show you the devices connected to it, on the top click on "add a wireless device"  after a few seconds should show your tablet under network on the left pane of screen.

DON'T FORGET TO GIVE KUDOS BY CLICKING THE STAR BELOW. THANKS :Boat:

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Re: Vista notebook can't see WiFi File Share enabled PlayBook

Yeah I did the standard directions stuff, loaded the driver and such.  I can see the files on my USB.  I could not via WiFi.


So I had to just use the IP Address to map the network drive.  Works now (sorta) LOL

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Re: Vista notebook can't see WiFi File Share enabled PlayBook

with winxp can't seem to wifi connect no matter what I do
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Registered: ‎05-09-2011
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Re: Vista notebook can't see WiFi File Share enabled PlayBook

Having enabled wi-fi sharing by static IP on my router,  I decided to investigate why the Playbook was visible on windows network but I could not connect straight to it. 

 

The Vista machine sees the Playbook in the network but when clicking to get to share files, the message comes up Windows cannot access \\Playbook.   The message adds that there may be a problem with the network and gives an error code of 0x8007003.

 

The error code indicates that the network path is not found. This behavior occurs if the NetBIOS over TCP IP is not enabled in Windows Vista. Please follow the steps below.

 

This is done at your own risk!

 

1. Click "Start", input "NCPA.CPL" (without quotation marks) and press Enter.

2. Right click on the connection that you use for the local connection, and then click "Properties".

3. Click Continue button to verify the administrator permission.

4. Click to select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)", and then click "Properties".

5. Click "Advanced" button in the open window. On the "WINS" tab, click to select "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP", and then click "OK" to save the setting.

 

Final Steps:

1) Right click your local connection and select "disable" - wait for it to disable.

2) Once the connection is disabled, right click the local connection again and enable it.

 

Alternatively reboot your machine.

 

Give your machine a few seconds to figure out it is back on the network and presto - your network drive will work again.  And the Playbook will be acessed via windows as any other networked PC would be!

 

Hope this helps!