Allshare Error Message Is Causing Weeping and Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth
January 15, 2012 7:38 AM   Subscribe

Allshare Error Message filter: We have recently purchased a Samsung Smart Blu-Ray Player. The big attraction for us was that it would enable us to play shows downloaded from the Internet via the Allshare program. However, after I downloaded Allshare and tried to run it, I received the following error: "The Allshare shared server has shut down. It will restart." I would close the message, and it would come back again and again.

I've Googled for this and have found a couple of suggestions (uninstall/reinstall, try running in admin mode, try doing a clean boot). However, none of these work. (Note: when I tried to do a clean boot I didn't go all the way to the end of the instructions simply because some of the options I was told to check off were not available to me. I don't like working with system stuff at the best of times, and I didn't want to mess up, so I restored the defaults and got out of there.) Does anyone know how I can fix this?
posted by purplesludge to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
If google was unhelpful, you're probably going to have to bite the bullet and contact their tech support. It sounds like a fairly specific problem with a piece of software that isn't widely used.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 8:24 AM on January 15, 2012

It seems like you're stuck getting the Allshare software set up on your home computer. I've had some luck running a different DLNA server (which is what Allshare amounts to) on my alternative-OS system. You might try setting up Serviio or another free DLNA server instead of Allshare.
posted by carsonb at 11:08 AM on January 15, 2012

One helpful bit would be what OS you are using, and another would be how the Samsung player is hooked up to your network.

For what its worth in my brief experience with the Samsung software and wireless connections, your best bet is a wired connection and something called Mezzmo (there are free alternative but nothing worked as well.)
posted by scooterdog at 12:03 PM on January 15, 2012

I've had good luck with tvmobili on both a Vizio TV and an LG blu-ray player.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:27 PM on January 15, 2012

Thanks, everyone.

@ Philosopher Dirtbike: I took your advice and called tech support, but although they tried, they weren't able to figure it out. I guess I could have kept calling back, but after 3 times it got pretty frustrating.

@ carsonb: Thanks--I went with Serviio, and it is working fine so far.

@ scooterdog: Thanks! It's a wired connection; I'm using Windows 7. I will keep Mezzmo in mind in case Serviio stops working.

@ Johnny Wallflower: Thanks for the suggestion--I'll try it if Serviio stops working.
posted by purplesludge at 6:38 AM on January 21, 2012

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