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I have read it as the latter.Can I clarify what you are trying to achieve; are you attempting to play content recorded on the Humax via the PC or are you attempting to play content on the Humax that is stored on a PC?
samba makes the HDR-FOX drive contents visible to the PC as a network drive, it does nothing to make the PC contents available to the HDR-FOX. The cifs package makes a Windows share available to the HDR-FOX as if it were a USB drive, and network-shares-automount (although a lot of reading) actually makes it very easy to set this up so that the PC is mounted any time it is turned on (when the Humax is awake of course).I'm gettin a bit nearer now , I have installed Seviio, and the humy box now sees a network.but no files! Even though I have done a complete install of the prog I can't see how to access any settings from my pc. Also i don't see the humax box in workgroup computers "Windows XP" Is it a good idea to install the samba software?
If you want to stick with "really simple", then yes you need DLNA and the non-custom facilities of the HDR-FOX (DLNA was designed for "simple", but you still need to get it functioning on the PC). I suggest you do a Google for help with Serviio.
You have no need to "see" the Humax as a network entity from Windows, although you probably will if you enable content sharing Menu >> Settings >> System >> Internet Setting >> Content Share = On. This enables the HDR-FOX DLNA server, so that a DLNA client (eg XBMC or VLC) on the PC can play the Humax content (StDef only, unless measures are taken).