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New install - no channels - how to troubleshoot?

csjjpmcsjjpm Posts: 7Members ✭✭
I've read a few threads and cannot see why this isn't working
Hi,
I have a Windows 7 systems with the latest PMS installed. I have configured a 'Library Section' for local videos and I've set the preference 'disable capability checking'. I then have a Windows 7 client with PMC installed and I connect to my PMS and can see the local server videos. I set the preferences on PMC with the manual IP of the PMS just in case.
However, I cannot see any Channels. The Channel directory is empty, no a single item. If I select any option is says 'Plex media server - waiting for response' and then nothing happens. I have read that you are supposed to install plugins via the client but I cannot see the option.
Would some kind person please direct me to instructions on how to install channels/plugins.
Thanks
Paul
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  • kvarnbryggankvarnbryggan Posts: 3Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    I have the same problem, installed on three Windows 7 machines. I do see my local library, but I can not see any plugins under Channel Directory.

    ///Peter!
  • mikedm139mikedm139 Plugin Developer Posts: 3,023Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Ninja
    An empty Channel Directory usually points to corrupted support files. To fix it, open the plugins folder in Plex's Application Support folder. On Windows, you should have the option to open it directly by right-clicking on the Plex icon in the system tray. Shut down PMS then delete the System.bundle and Framework.bundle from the plugins folder. Restart PMS the support files will automatically be recreated and your Channel Directory should populate properly.
  • pixshifterpixshifter Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Same problem here. Tried the previously mentioned deleting of the Framework and System bundle files. No joy. Did that work for anyone else? Any other suggestions?
  • pixshifterpixshifter Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    OK. Apparently not the same problem. It turns out that the first two plugins I installed are, I think, having their own problems. The third and fourth plugins did finally show up. First two still no show.
  • Ragga068Ragga068 Posts: 1Members
    mikedm139 wrote:

    An empty Channel Directory usually points to corrupted support files. To fix it, open the plugins folder in Plex's Application Support folder. On Windows, you should have the option to open it directly by right-clicking on the Plex icon in the system tray. Shut down PMS then delete the System.bundle and Framework.bundle from the plugins folder. Restart PMS the support files will automatically be recreated and your Channel Directory should populate properly.


    I experienced an empty channel directory at first, but this fix cured it. Thanks for the help. Cheers.
  • mikedm139mikedm139 Plugin Developer Posts: 3,023Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Ninja
    Ragga068 wrote:

    I experienced an empty channel directory at first, but this fix cured it. Thanks for the help. Cheers.

    Glad it worked for you. Enjoy!
  • pixshifterpixshifter Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    Some plugins never did show up after deleting the frameworks. However, I switched from the Windows version of the server to the Mac version of the server and the plugins do show up now. Overall, I'm much happier with the Mac version of the server.
  • mikedm139mikedm139 Plugin Developer Posts: 3,023Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Ninja
    edited July 2012
    pixshifter wrote:

    Some plugins never did show up after deleting the frameworks. However, I switched from the Windows version of the server to the Mac version of the server and the plugins do show up now. Overall, I'm much happier with the Mac version of the server.


    Were the ones that never showed up downloaded directly from the Channel Directory? Do you remember which ones they were? That's something that should be looked into if they're consistently failing to show up on Windows PMSs but not OSX ones.
  • exssneltexssnelt Posts: 1Members
    Ragga068 wrote:

    I experienced an empty channel directory at first, but this fix cured it. Thanks for the help. Cheers.


    Worked for me too.
  • pixshifterpixshifter Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    mikedm139 wrote:

    Were the ones that never showed up downloaded directly from the Channel Directory? Do you remember which ones they were? That's something that should be looked into if they're consistently failing to show up on Windows PMSs but not OSX ones.


    Everything thus far has been done through the Channel Directory (as I am a new convert from XBMC and want to keep things standard until I'm sure I'm all good.) The plugins were the Spotify plugin and the TiVo plugin. They still don't work, but at least they show up now. (I believe there are some separate threads for each of these plugins, but I have not explored them yet. ) One other piece of pertinent information is that I was running PMS under Windows 8 Retail Preview, so unless there are others experiencing this, my case may be misleading.
  • mikedm139mikedm139 Plugin Developer Posts: 3,023Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Ninja
    pixshifter wrote:

    Everything thus far has been done through the Channel Directory (as I am a new convert from XBMC and want to keep things standard until I'm sure I'm all good.) The plugins were the Spotify plugin and the TiVo plugin. They still don't work, but at least they show up now. (I believe there are some separate threads for each of these plugins, but I have not explored them yet. ) One other piece of pertinent information is that I was running PMS under Windows 8 Retail Preview, so unless there are others experiencing this, my case may be misleading.

    Thanks for the details. I believe you're right that the Spotify and TiVo plugins have some extensive discussion already going. I hadn't even heard rumblings of a Win 8 preview yet. Show's how much attention I pay to the M$ world :P
  • mperloemperloe Posts: 2Members
    Do I see channels such as Spotify on the Win7 Server side or the Android App on my Google TV?
    When looking in the Plex Media Server Plug In directory, Spotify is not listed. Should it be present?
  • mikedm139mikedm139 Plugin Developer Posts: 3,023Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Ninja
    You should see installed channels on the client, in your case the GTV. Channels can be installed through the "Channel Directory" on the client. I believe you should be able to find and install the Spoticy channel from there.
  • mperloemperloe Posts: 2Members
    Thanks Mike. I played around with this on my Android phone. Installed the NPR app, but it plays some of my iTunes and not the NPR audio I select. iTunes works fine. When I click on any of the video plug ins, MSNBC in particular, I get the audio, but no video on that or other aps. I am using Droid Bionic Android 2.34. I'll check in with the Google TV app today.
  • mrominemromine Posts: 1Members
    edited July 2012
    New Plex user here an I too am having issues with the Plex Channel Directory on my setup. Here is my specs:

    Synology DS712+ NAS. DSM v4.0-2228
    Plex Media Server (running on NAS) v0.9.6.3-4466fb5


    It picks up the local (NAS) content and plays it just fine to my Android, DLNA TV's and Roku channel nowhere do I see a Plex Channel Directory. I've followed the instructions (deleting the framework and system bundle directories) but I still don't see anywhere on the Plex Media Manager page of my NAS where I can add Plex Channels. Maybe it's just not supported on the Synology NASs.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
  • mikedm139mikedm139 Plugin Developer Posts: 3,023Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Ninja
    mromine wrote:

    New Plex user here an I too am having issues with the Plex Channel Directory on my setup. Here is my specs:

    Synology DS712+ NAS. DSM v4.0-2228
    Plex Media Server (running on NAS) v0.9.6.3-4466fb5


    It picks up the local (NAS) content and plays it just fine to my Android, DLNA TV's and Roku channel nowhere do I see a Plex Channel Directory. I've followed the instructions (deleting the framework and system bundle directories) but I still don't see anywhere on the Plex Media Manager page of my NAS where I can add Plex Channels. Maybe it's just not supported on the Synology NASs.

    Any help would be much appreciated.


    The Channel Directory appears in the Plex client not in the media manager. DLNA clients probably don't have access to it (I don't know). I also don't have an Android client or Roku box, so I'm not sure how (if at all) the channel directory is accessible via those clients. The best (surefire) approach is to download and install the Plex Media Center (Desktop client) on a computer on your local network. You can then access the channel directory on that client and install channels which all your clients will have access to (assuming they are compatible).
  • jcypherjcypher Posts: 8Members
    mikedm139 wrote:

    The Channel Directory appears in the Plex client not in the media manager. DLNA clients probably don't have access to it (I don't know). I also don't have an Android client or Roku box, so I'm not sure how (if at all) the channel directory is accessible via those clients. The best (surefire) approach is to download and install the Plex Media Center (Desktop client) on a computer on your local network. You can then access the channel directory on that client and install channels which all your clients will have access to (assuming they are compatible).


    Channel Directory is totally empty. zip. zero. nada. Mine is a brand new plex install on a brand new os x.
  • mikedm139mikedm139 Plugin Developer Posts: 3,023Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Ninja

    Channel Directory is totally empty. zip. zero. nada. Mine is a brand new plex install on a brand new os x.

    mikedm139 wrote:

    An empty Channel Directory usually points to corrupted support files. To fix it, open the plugins folder in Plex's Application Support folder. On Windows, you should have the option to open it directly by right-clicking on the Plex icon in the system tray. Shut down PMS then delete the System.bundle and Framework.bundle from the plugins folder. Restart PMS the support files will automatically be recreated and your Channel Directory should populate properly.
  • pixshifterpixshifter Posts: 7Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Channel Directory is totally empty. zip. zero. nada. Mine is a brand new plex install on a brand new os x.

    One thing that may be confusing some people (and I apologize if this is not the case), but when you scroll the main menu to Channel Directory, you will not see anything in the large pane on the right. Ever. You must hit enter to then see the Channel Directory subcategories. You then enter one of the subcats and pick some channels to add. Once that is done, new main menu entries will appear, such as Video Channels, Music Channels, etc., depending on what channels you have added. I know this confused me at first.
  • jcypherjcypher Posts: 8Members
    pixshifter wrote:

    One thing that may be confusing some people (and I apologize if this is not the case), but when you scroll the main menu to Channel Directory, you will not see anything in the large pane on the right. Ever. You must hit enter to then see the Channel Directory subcategories. You then enter one of the subcats and pick some channels to add. Once that is done, new main menu entries will appear, such as Video Channels, Music Channels, etc., depending on what channels you have added. I know this confused me at first.


    Thanks for the response. I don't think I did anything different but it seems to be fixed now. Weird. The channel list showed up, so I could install channels just fine.
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