Guys, I have found the solution to not be able to see network shares from Win7. I was thinking a lot of whether should I post this solution here or just let LG continue showing how incapable they are of providing real support to their customers or just code their machines properly, but then I remembered all the guys who have written lengthy posts/reviews in here, belauding this series' exceptional behavior, just to make sure that not only mine and others' complaints are heard and try to "balance" the unbalanced and realized I have to show to everybody that I'm not a spy of some other company and that my complaints were true right from the beginning.
Well, the solution to my problem of not being able to login to my network shares no matter what
, is described in this thread
, and is due to the existence of the Windows Live Sign-In Assistant in my computer (nothing else of what is written in this thread such as disabling Homegroup etc. was the solution at my setup). By the time I uninstalled it, I was able to see all my network shares and log in them whether they were shared to an account with no password set (that is, without entering any password in the CIFS screen), or to an account with a password set. On the other hand, if I "Turn Off Password protected sharing" in my Home or Work network profile, I can see all shares instantly under the computer that shares them and go into them without any credentials asked from the player (just like it happens from Win XP). In short, the player behaves as expected when the Windows Live Sign-in assistant is not installed in my system. Of course, it may behave as well if you're lucky enough to use the same usernames and passwords to everything (Windows Live, network shares etc.) but this wasn't my case.
You may now be wondering why I said in the beginning it is LG's fault and not Microsoft's. The answer is very simple: First, this damn program is installed via Windows Update and can be easily considered as a "standard" one in the biggest majority of Win7 machines (not to mention the users who actually use it). Second, do you happen to know other programs that are blocked by this? I don't. Whatever computer I have connected to my Win7 pc, at home or at work, whatever OS it is running, it can login into my shares without any problem at all!!!
As I have said in a previous post of mine, I don't give a damn if this is a BD player based on some free Unix distro or I don't know what else. The only thing that matters for me is that LG's support is a joke and can't give us a guide of some kind, or they just can't make the machine connect to Win7 pc's easily. Unfortunately, they are going to use this info in the future and I really don't like it at all, since they managed to do what I was shouting for right from the beginning: make their customers their beta testers. Not only do we pay them in order to buy their products, we are also loosing unbelievable amounts of time in order to find solutions to their problems... Way to go LG!
P.S. Whoever has read my posts, will have seen that my second problem was that when streaming via Nero Media Home and via wireless, the speed was dropping to its knees making it able to stream just mp3's (although through wired everything was blazing fast). Now, with the same modem/router, when streaming wirelessly from network shares, I'm able to watch 1080 rips at a bandwidth of about 12Mbps, almost flawlessly. The remote is again not so much responsive - it seems every command we are entering through it, first goes back to the pc, gets some kind of feedback and then comes to our screens as "responsiveness".