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  • Blog Post: Media Center Technical Discussion 1: Tuners and TuningSpaces

    The Media Center TV experience driven by a flexible, multi-standard engine that works with any compatible tuner (including a good number of analog tuner cards and all BDA digital tuner cards) to create portable recordings viewable on any Windows XP machine. To support “trick play” on Live TV (Pause,...
  • Blog Post: Media Center Technical Discussion Series

    One of the more popular subjects for users who email me is how to get Media Center to do something that cannot be done (or is hard to do) from the UI. Since I have not been able to talk about my current work much (Windows Vista and unannounced other stuff) I am kicking off a roughly weekly technical...
  • Blog Post: VoodooPC's 8TB Media Center PC

    From Engadget: When we heard that VoodooPC was planning a media PC with 16 drive bays and a maximum capacity of 8 terabytes... [ Read full posting on Engadget ] Sounds pretty cool--maybe I'll get one here to "test" with ^_^.
  • Blog Post: DVB Guide issues - "cannot schedule recoding because guide data cannot be accessed"

    We have been getting reports about Guide problems from DVB users across Europe and the world, hopefully in time for the next Rollup release (external date not yet announced, but should be late Q1 to early Q2). The problem typically manifests itself when scheduling many shows to record, but can occur...
  • Blog Post: A Brief History of ATSC in Media Center

    In the beginning there was NTSC in Freestyle (Media Center 2002), and it was good. Media Center supported the #1 market and proved that computers could do a great job recording television, pausing Live TV, and organizing recordings. With support for one tuner under our belt and an enthusiastic user base...
  • Blog Post: Fix for ATSC after uninstalling Rollup 2

    In some cases you may find that ATSC (HDTV) no longer works after uninstalling Media Center Rollup 2 from your computer. The issue is caused by a schema change in the Tuners registry key. Today I identified a workaround to get your ATSC back up and running without reinstalling Symphony or Rollup 2. ...
  • Blog Post: DVB Radio "No TV Signal" Workaround

    I am currently investigating a fix for two DVB Radio issues identified a workaround for those affected. If you are getting a "No TV Signal" blue overlay when tuning to a DVB Radio station, particularly a low-bitrate station like BBC World Service, or you are seeing 15+ second channel change times for...
  • Blog Post: Tell us about your Rollup 2 (and KB908250) problems

    Are you an MCE user experiencing problems since you installed Rollup 2 and/or KB908250? I want to hear about them. Comments will be moderated to reduce redundancy, but I'd like to hear about any troubles you might be having. Here are the ground rules: Reports must be directly related to Rollup...
  • Blog Post: IEEE 1394 vs. UDCP

    I have been exchanging a couple of emails with Ray Maker, a fellow 'Softie, regarding whether IEEE 1394 recording is an "enthusiast" feature or more mainstream. I am of the opinion that it stands a good chance of being mainstream, and Ray thinks it more of a tech-enthusiast feature. I agree that whether...
  • Blog Post: Recording over 1394 (Firewire) in Media Center

    There has been some recent effort to pry open the 1394 interface in various STBs (set-top boxes), most notably that of timmmoore's STB package that goes to extraordinary lengths to hook into Media Center's experience. The state of the world today, at least with Media Center, is that the "outside looking...
  • Blog Post: The procedure entry point GetRequestedRuntimeVersion could not be located in the dynamic link library mscoree.dll

    Symptoms Aaron Stebner blogged this a few days ago, but some folks are still running into it, so I'll speak to it a bit. If you get an error dialog with the message " The procedure entry point GetRequestedRuntimeVersion could not be located in the dynamic link library mscoree.dll " during Media Center...
  • Blog Post: MceRepair 0.2

    I've posted an update to MceRepair at http://www.pegasi.com/MceRepair_0.2.zip , which adds additional error logging in case of problems. If you tried 0.1 and it failed, 0.2 may work for you. If not, at least you will have more complete information with which I can debug it. [;)]
  • Blog Post: DRM Business Rules in Rollup 2

    To clarify the somewhat vague statement I made about "business rules" for DRM changing in Emerald (Rollup 2), the changes were to include the new COPP (Certified Output Protection Protocol) support in the release and to support the new version of the DRM engine. The actual behavioral changes in Media...
  • Blog Post: DRM in MCE Rollup 2

    I was posting to TheGreenButton.com and thought I'd save myself typing the same thing again, since it's good info, even if I am restating/repackaging existing opinion. The following is a response to people who thought for some reason that Rollup 2 was applying DRM to things that it did not before: ...
  • Blog Post: MceRepair 0.1 (alpha)

    Having gotten a little fed up with manually re-registering MCE files when MedCtrRO.exe fails, I have created a new command-line utility to automate the task. MceRepair.exe will: Repair the ACLs to get COM+ Services working again ( see KB909444 ) Repair the registration for .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Dealing with the COM+ Patch

    Last week the COM+ folks released a critical update that has some unfortunate side-effects for people who have tinkered with the ACLs (security permissions) on their drives. Since Microsoft has been beating the security drum for several years now, the number of users who have tightened down the screws...
  • Blog Post: Update Rollup KB908250 for Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

    We finally shipped the Rollup QFE, which fixes some ugly issues with Rollup 2, especially in countries with DVB-T service. If you're using DVB-T and Media Center, you really want this update . If you have DVB-T service and got the "scrambled guide" bug manifesting on your machine before you could...
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