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post #1 of 5 Old 03-25-2013, 05:30 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm still running MCE 2005 rollup 2 on an XP-Pro SP3 home-built 2006 HTPC.
Running great until unexpectedly, MCE 2005 began to actup:
  • It won't display my list of OTA TV scheduled recordings
  • It won't display my list of OTA TV recorded shows
  • It won't allow playback of dvr.ms files when accessed from the folder in the drive
  • It changed my saved recoding location to (C:) drive and won't let me change it back to the 1TB (V:) drive.

but:
  • It still plays direct OTA TV
  • It still displays OTA TV listing

When tryig to schedule a TV recording I get this message: "The recording could not be scheduled for an unknown reason. Restart Media Center and try to schedule your recording again."

When trying to open and play a dvr.ms recording file I get this message: "Application Failure - A critical Media Center process has failed. Please restart the computer and try again. If the problem persists, contact you hardware manufacturer for assistance."

This has been puzzling me for a few days now. I'm trying hard to not have to reinstall XP all together as I recall having to troubleshoot a bunch of issues over the years...

I'd be grateful for any pointers and how-to instructions for solutions such as editing WMC registry, resetting WMC to its default values, etc...
Thanks.
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Have you done a chkdsk on your recordings drive (V:)? Could be disk problems, so I'd actually do this on all drives in your system. Have a look in the Event Viewer as well for any disk errors (might be bad blocks).
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I would add...if you do end up having to reinstall, I would recommend getting Windows 7. I used to use WMC in XP and it was never as easy as it is in Windows 7.
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Welcome to the forum! Two excellent pieces of advise above. If you go to windows 7 be sure to do a clean install; not a upgrade. If the OS disk is fine try creating a new user, login with it and setup Media Center "fresh".

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I would add...if you do end up having to reinstall, I would recommend getting Windows 7. I used to use WMC in XP and it was never as easy as it is in Windows 7.

110% agree. XP was a fine O/S in its day, but has now been totally overshadowed by 7, and 7MC is soooooo much better than XPMC.
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