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Nexus 7 Tutorial: Use Network Share as a Mount Point


UPDATED TO WORK ON JELLYBEAN 4.1.2!

This tutorial requires your Nexus 7 have ROOT access.  It is an “intermediate” difficulty level tutorial.

The Nexus 7 has no external storage medium like a microSD card.  You can use an OTG (on the go) cable to get access to removable media, keyboards, mice, etc. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could just use your home network’s Windows shares, NAS or network drive as a big fat storage unit for your brand new Nexus 7?

I know what you’re thinking.  But Shane … We have file managers with SMB (Samba/sharing) capabilities – why would we need this tutorial?

The simple answer is – this mounts your network shares as a device MOUNT POINT – meaning that share is available to all apps (emulators, media players, etc.) not just your favorite file manager.

That’s right – use any shared hard drive, network attached drive, NAS in your house/network as storage for your Nexus 7.   Sounds great, right?

For Windows folks; this is like mapping Drive S: to a network drive or remote network share.

You will need a few things:

  • Nexus 7 (Unlocked and Rooted – very easy to do with Nexus 7 Toolkit)
  • CIFS Modules (Download here)
  • Mount Manager App (Install here)
  • BusyBox (Install here)
  • Network Share on your WiFi (I’m using a GoFlex Home network drive – but any Windows share will do)
  • Some basic knowledge of working with files

Pre-Requisites:

  • Unlock/Root your Nexus 7.  This is not optional.
  • Install BusyBox
  • Ensure your network share is up and working.  If you’re sharing a Windows drive, I recommend setting up a NEW USER on Windows – one just to use for permissions for this share.

Getting it Working:

  • Unzip the CIFS modules – should be three .ko files in there.  You can put these anywhere you like – I put them on the Nexus “SDCard” folder under “mods” (/sdcard/mods)
  • Install Mount Manager on your Nexus 7.  Run it.  Grant ROOT access.
  • On the toolbar, hit the gear icon (settings).
  • Hit MANAGE MODULES.
  • Select ADD MODULE. Add each of the .ko files you extracted in Step 1.  Should look like this:

  •  Hit BACK.
  • Hit FORCE LOADING OF MODULES .. it should say CIFS MODULES ARE LOADED
    • Note: This may not work until you FORCE CLOSEthe app once:
      • Leave the app with BACK or HOME.
      • Hit the Apps button
      • Swipe off the Mount Manager app to close it
      • Reopen the app.
      • Check to see of the Modules loaded properly.
  • Hit BACK.
  • Hit the + toolbar icon to add a new mount.
  • Under Share Path, put your share: like 192.168.1.209/GoFlex Home Public or 10.1.1.14/Videos
  • (Use IP addresses not Windows PC names)
  •  Under MOUNT POINT, click the folder and it will open the default share folder.
  • Create a new folder for your share (if one wasn’t created) – the UI is a bit weird – use the Down Caret button for actions and SELECT the folder.
  • Under OPTIONS hit the + and add USERNAME.  Fill this in with your network resource username (PC username)
  • Hit the + again, add PASSWORD.  Fill this in with your network resource password (PC password()
  • Hit the + again, add IOCHARSET – fill this in with: utf8.
  • At this point it should look something like this:
    (if file_mode and dir_mode don’t fill in, add them)

  • Hit OK and your new mount is on the main screen.  Tap it.
  • If you did everything right, you will get a green check mark and it will look something like this:

  • At this point, you are ready to test.  Open a file manager, and navigate to the mount folder you made.
  • If all is good – you’re done!  You can mount and dismount this anytime from the Mount Manager.  You can automate this on boot up with the next steps.
  • Go to Mount Manager’s preferences and check LOAD MODULES and LOAD ON BOOT.  Also check ENABLE AUTO MOUNTS and AUTO MOUNT ON BOOT.
    There are also options to connect when wifi connections.

That’s it!  Enjoy your new found freedom.  Needless to say, this only works on your own network – but clever people might find a way to make it work from ANY access point anywhere.  Maybe the topic of a different tutorial.

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Nintendo 3DS eShop: DSiWare Transfers from DSi to 3DS


The Nintendo 3DS eShop is officially open for business.  In this article, we’ll discuss how to move your DSi settings and content over to your 3DS.

Getting Started

On your DSi, go to the Shop.  You’ll need to get the free Nintendo 3DS Transfer Tool and have it available.  This appears on your system like any other DSiWare title.

On the 3DS, you need to jump to your Settings, then Other Settings and finally System Transfer.

Full or Custom?

Once you begin the transfer process, you will have two options:  Full or Custom.

Full transfer does exactly that – copies everything (INCLUDING YOUR WIFI CONNECTION ID!!) to the 3DS.  It copies your photos too.  Of course, it transfers you DSiWare titles too – whether you’ve got them downloaded or not.  Those that are not in residence on your DSi will have their “download ticket” transferred to the 3DS – enabling you to download the title on the 3DS from the eShop.  Once transferred, all of this information is REMOVED FROM YOUR DSi!  You have been warned.

Custom transfers allow you to pick (albeit one at a time) what you transfer over.  You can elect to just transfer over a single DSiWare title or just the photos, etc.  I recommend doing this a couple times – just to see what your options are other than doing a full system transfer.

How Does It Work?

First off – this is not a peer to peer event.  You MUST have access to the internet on BOTH machines to make this happen – so you must have the internet connection up and running.

In Full transfer, you will see a running count of how many things have been transferred vs. how many are left e.g. 20/33 or 10/25.

The top screen is your “progress indicator” – Nintendo style.

As the transfer initiates, a scrolling field of pikmins running appears.  Once the connection has been made properly to the internet, the pikmin run to a large icon representing your content on the left side of the screen.  This might show up as an icon (if the DSiWare was on your DSi at the time) or a ? box (if you bought the game, but it isn’t on your DSi system at that time).

As the transfer continues, the pikmin will pick up appropriate sized chunks of your item and drag it across the screen to the right side, representing your 3DS.  Once the pieces are all put together, the pikmin will flip the icon over into a present icon, and it will now appear on your main screen.

In Custom mode, you will have the opportunity to transfer another title or quit.

Transfer times vary depending on if you’re transferring a ticket or the actual game – and it wiill totally depend on your connection speeds.

Regardless of which mode you use, some DSiWare cannot be transferred.  See below.  Also, in either mode, if you lose connectivity or get an error (or if you just forgot to plug one of the units into power and one of them died in the middle) the process on the 3DS will resume.  Very nice!

Where Are They?

If you moved tickets over instead of the full game, you might wonder: how do I know what to redownload?

Not a problem.  Nintendo buried what you need, but we show you right where the list of your authorized purchases are.  (Hint: Look under Settings / Other):

What We Like

The pikmin party is fantastic.  if you have a large title to transfer or your connection is slow, the pikmin run past a percentage indicator to let you know how far along you are.  This is fantastic Nintendo flare and it is what we’ve come to expect from them.

The fact we can do this at all is huge.  Most of us were expecting to take it in the tailpipe and lose our DSiWare content when we moved to the 3DS.  Big thanks to Nintendo for making this possible.

The process is easy and effective.

What We Don’t Like

The process takes a long time even with a fast connection.  The animations are cute – but if you have 75 items to move over, then plan to make an afternoon or evening out of it.

Some items will not transfer over – presumably due to licensing issues.  While the originally published list was a laundry list of titles, the “final” list represented a much smaller set of untransferrables.  However, even if the item isn’t on the list – the games may still not transfer over.  At the time of writing, I was unable to transfer the one real game I care about: Pinball Pulse.  Perhaps the games haven’t been added yet (in fact, the DSi will tell you that you can’t move the game over because it isn’t in the eShop).  Let’s hope this gets fixed quickly.

Here is the last list of untransferrables we saw:

* Asphalt IV
* Earthworm Jim
* Flipnote Studio
* Let’s Golf
* Nintendo DSi Browser
* Oregon Trail
* Real Soccer 2009
* Real Soccer 2010
* SUDOKU MASTER
* SUDOKU SENSEI
* Sudoku Student

This really should have been a different process.  You should be able to hop on Club Nintendo, click a few buttons to transfer ownership and be done with it.  Unfortunately, you have to go through a huge ritual.

Finally – Nintendo requires that DSiWare be run from system memory — again.  You cannot store and run games from the SD card — again.  Didn’t you guys learn anything?  Sigh.  Let’s hope we get an update to this issue soon.

I’d love to hang out, but I want to see what Dragon’s Lair looks like on the 3DS …

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

Nintendo 3DS Launch “Frequently Asked Questions”


This document will be frequently updated as more information about Nintendo 3DS becomes available.  If you have a question that’s not answered here, let us know and we’ll be happy to add it once the information becomes available. Read more