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post #1171 of 1429
imo... i would just re-install or wait for sp1 and do it then.. cleaning the system will almost the same amount of time
post #1172 of 1429
MediaPortal 1.1.0 RC6 RELEASED!
post #1173 of 1429
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Originally Posted by jazzman161 View Post

What software do you guys recommend to clean out all the filters installed?

I know I can use control panel to uninstall FFDshow and haali but I'm trying to get rid of everything, uninstall MP, and start from scratch w/o having to install a fresh copy of W7.

Can't help you about filters/codecs cleanup, played with it many times, but it's not just files related problem, there are also tons of records stored in registry that stay there forever and make all the mess with time. The sollution I can think of is to have a system partition backup created after fresh Windows installation. So you could restore the system to it's initial state anytime.
post #1174 of 1429
would people say this is still the best install guide instructions available? I know a lot has changed in media portal since the last time (about a year ago) I messed with installing it. I eventually went with XBMC, but the lack of TV support is finally getting to me, tired of trying to run it with GB-PVR in the background, doesn't stay as organized.

I remember I had some tough times setting up my Hauppauge 2250, but it was a pretty new card when I was setting it up, I searched some forums and seems lots of people say its working now, so I'm thinking of jumping on board.

Just want to make sure the instructions I have are the best ones.....

Thanks!
post #1175 of 1429
i ditched WMC7 last weekend in favor of mediaportal. WMC7 itself is ok but the lack of needed stable plugins kills it for me. i only need/want netflix, youtube and similar, and local network stored movies/music. WMC7 can't provide two of those very well due to buggy addons.

some notes from my trial/error

a) skip the stable release and use the 1.1 release candidates. they're no more unstable than the stable release and most currently maintained plugins are migrated to 1.1

b) while there are lots of skins, stick to the well maintained ones to ensure compatibility with all of the apps you intend to run. the streamedmp skin works on everything i've tried so far, if you prefer changing from the default.

c) the internal player will handle everything but HDDVD/bluray, and arcsoft TMT can integrate with autorun well enough to handle that, but the internal player's capabilities without better external filters aren't that great. specifically, register the mediaplayer classic home cinema decoder and set it for priority, and handle other processing with ffdshow.

d) if you happen to be using an imon remote receiver save yourself alot of cursing and use version 7.7 of their software. older versions don't work all that well and newer versions might not either, there's a bit of a disagreement between the mediaportal devs and soundgraph apparently. 7.7 with a universal remote programmed to mimic a MCE remote "just works". i don't think this is mediaportal's fault, fwiw.

other than that it's worked well for a week now for me. i plan on sticking with it.
post #1176 of 1429
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Xayd View Post

i ditched WMC7 last weekend in favor of mediaportal. WMC7 itself is ok but the lack of needed stable plugins kills it for me. i only need/want netflix, youtube and similar, and local network stored movies/music. WMC7 can't provide two of those very well due to buggy addons.

some notes from my trial/error

a) skip the stable release and use the 1.1 release candidates. they're no more unstable than the stable release and most currently maintained plugins are migrated to 1.1

b) while there are lots of skins, stick to the well maintained ones to ensure compatibility with all of the apps you intend to run. the streamedmp skin works on everything i've tried so far, if you prefer changing from the default.

c) the internal player will handle everything but HDDVD/bluray, and arcsoft TMT can integrate with autorun well enough to handle that, but the internal player's capabilities without better external filters aren't that great. specifically, register the mediaplayer classic home cinema decoder and set it for priority, and handle other processing with ffdshow.

d) if you happen to be using an imon remote receiver save yourself alot of cursing and use version 7.7 of their software. older versions don't work all that well and newer versions might not either, there's a bit of a disagreement between the mediaportal devs and soundgraph apparently. 7.7 with a universal remote programmed to mimic a MCE remote "just works". i don't think this is mediaportal's fault, fwiw.

other than that it's worked well for a week now for me. i plan on sticking with it.

Love hearing these success stories of people who transitioned from WMC. Keep 'em coming!
post #1177 of 1429
post #1178 of 1429
it has been stable on my system since rc3!!

now all is needed is for a smooth stable streamedmp!
post #1179 of 1429
So I recently upgraded to windows seven. I reinstalled Mediaportal and the latest version of Streamdmp. I downloaded all the plugins that were said to do at the beginning of this install guide. I have onboard sound that has the mini 3.5 mm plug as well as SPDIF output. My issue is this:

When the mini-plug was plugged in, my music would play but not movies. I plug my comp. into an old reciever I had using SPDIF and I get sound for both. BUT. The keyboard will control the volume for the music, but not for the movies. I have to use the remote for the receiver to adjust for movie sounds. I would like to control everything volume wise through the reciever.

I am sure that I am just missing something simple. But please help. If you need any more information let me know. I am really liking mediaportal and want to make it work. Thanks in advance for any help!
post #1180 of 1429
Try getting rid of the 3.5 mm output all together and set the default audio of your Win7 to use the SPDIF output. This will send all the PCs sounds through SPDIF automatically and as far as MediaPortal, whichever audio codec you're using needs to use SPDIF as the format and Default audio device as the 'where'

SPDIF can't have its 'volume' adjusted by MediaPortal or anything - it's digital, so it's either there or not.
post #1181 of 1429
to: Andrew Hornfeck

thanks, Ill try that tonight. Probably just need to mess with the codecs some more. The audio from the comp. automatically adjusted for SPDIF out. But ill dig deeper into the "mixer" for Win 7.

Does anyone know where I can find some screen shots of the audio setups for media portal. Im not completely computer savey and all the "techno" talk is waaaaaaaaayyyyyyy over my head. But I'm trying.

Thanks in advance and thanks again Andrew.
post #1182 of 1429
It seems for whatever reason your Win7 PC has established SPDIF as your default output -- check and be sure, though. I'm suspecting you have to set your audio inside MediaPortal to use SPDIF for the other types. The MP Guide is a work in progress so the pictures shown are old, and Vista based but the point to see in under MPA Decoder where it shows picking the format - pick SPDIF, SPDIF, and either 16 or 24 bit and you're set! You'll need to set the Sound Device to Default DirectSound Device for each of your functions: Video Codecs, TV Codecs, and DVD but there is another tab for MyMusic and it uses Default Sound Device. Here's an old pic from the manual but now the codecs are all selectable under
post #1183 of 1429
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew Hornfeck View Post

It seems for whatever reason your Win7 PC has established SPDIF as your default output -- check and be sure, though. I'm suspecting you have to set your audio inside MediaPortal to use SPDIF for the other types. The MP Guide is a work in progress so the pictures shown are old, and Vista based but the point to see in under MPA Decoder where it shows picking the format - pick SPDIF, SPDIF, and either 16 or 24 bit and you're set! You'll need to set the Sound Device to Default DirectSound Device for each of your functions: Video Codecs, TV Codecs, and DVD but there is another tab for MyMusic and it uses Default Sound Device. Here's an old pic from the manual but now the codecs are all selectable under


Thanks again Andrew. Ill go through my codecs and settings and double check them. I have some time. Gonna be awhile till I get my projector anyways. Gives me some time to get everything working properly. But thanks for your time. Ill let you know how it goes!
post #1184 of 1429
So, I recently just upgraded to a new video card. An ATI Radeon 5450 with HDMI out. It also has audio out on HDMI. My problem is that I am not sure how to setup all the codecs and such in order to get sound through Mediaportal. I have sound with the regular computer stuff, music can play videos etc. But I cant seem to seem to get mediaportal to play sounds.

I am attaching a pic from a screen shot. Please let me know if I need to change something or of I need to change my MPC, AC3Filter etc.

And once again any help is greatly appreciated!
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post #1185 of 1429
for me its all the same beside the audio renderer is Default DirectSound Device
post #1186 of 1429
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrckonertr View Post

So, I recently just upgraded to a new video card. An ATI Radeon 5450 with HDMI out. It also has audio out on HDMI. My problem is that I am not sure how to setup all the codecs and such in order to get sound through Mediaportal. I have sound with the regular computer stuff, music can play videos etc. But I cant seem to seem to get mediaportal to play sounds.

I am attaching a pic from a screen shot. Please let me know if I need to change something or of I need to change my MPC, AC3Filter etc.

And once again any help is greatly appreciated!

Try setting the default audio out to AC3Filter, and setting the output in the AC3filter in Program Files to HDMI. That worked for me with my 4850.
post #1187 of 1429
Your having the HD5xxx tells me you may be into the DTS-MA or the 7.1 streaming from your BR or FLAC .mkv files, but as the other poster stated, you can get a free download of AC3Filter or SPDIFer and check passthrough of AC3 and DTS. Then on your config page you posted from MP select the Default Audio outout as your audio renderer. Of course, you need to have the ATi HDMI Audio driver loaded (which it seems you do). I've found SPDIFer works just fine passing many 'variant' filetypes' audio that are AC3 and DTS - I tried sticking with MPA Audio decoder and setting passthrough for AC3 and DTS but it wasn't robust and I had issue with some files... reloaded SPDIFer and all is well. One last thing, check that the ATi HDMI Audio is your default audio device and that (from the windows SOUNDS options) it's set to passthrough AC3 and DTS.
post #1188 of 1429
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew Hornfeck View Post

Your having the HD5xxx tells me you may be into the DTS-MA or the 7.1 streaming from your BR or FLAC .mkv files, but as the other poster stated, you can get a free download of AC3Filter or SPDIFer and check passthrough of AC3 and DTS. Then on your config page you posted from MP select the Default Audio outout as your audio renderer. Of course, you need to have the ATi HDMI Audio driver loaded (which it seems you do). I've found SPDIFer works just fine passing many 'variant' filetypes' audio that are AC3 and DTS - I tried sticking with MPA Audio decoder and setting passthrough for AC3 and DTS but it wasn't robust and I had issue with some files... reloaded SPDIFer and all is well. One last thing, check that the ATi HDMI Audio is your default audio device and that (from the windows SOUNDS options) it's set to passthrough AC3 and DTS.

Thanks Andrew. I recently had a crash and had to to a clean install of everything. When I loaded the video drivers the ATI HDMI audio was actually downloaded and is now an option for me under my sound mixer. Once i set that as default and configured the speaker set up it was just setting up everything else MPC, AC3Filter, FFDSHOW etc. I now have HDMI Audio with Dolby Digital and DTS. Have some issues on the volume and levels in DTS and some DD. But all in all I guess all I needed was a clean install. Atleast I wa ssmart and bought a second hard drive to use as a media backup. So once again thanks to everyone for there comments and help.
post #1189 of 1429
I am using the StreamedMP with moving pictures addon, and have one question.
When are they going to add box-set functionality?
For instance in your big list of movies, click on "matrix trilogy" and have that take you to the 3 choices.
post #1190 of 1429
After getting totally frustrated with unstable playback and bitstreaming of Highdef material. I switched to MPC-HC and everything works like it should except for the fact that when I try to use it as an external player for MP, it loses focus and my remote no longer works.

In MP configuration "Always on top" is UNCHECKED and in MPC-HC the option for "Always on top" is checked and even though MPC-HC stays on top of MP, the remote does not work and it continues interacting with MP.

How do I fix that ?? I'm using Harmony remote which is setup as Imon Pad.
post #1191 of 1429
Every time I try to get the mpcvideodec.ax file to run, windows vista asks me to choose to either search the internet to open the file or use something from my computer to open it. It says nothing about registering and it is grayed out in radlight.

Am I doing something wrong here?

I also can't get trailers from apple to work.
post #1192 of 1429
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Originally Posted by scrufynerfherder View Post

Every time I try to get the mpcvideodec.ax file to run, windows vista asks me to choose to either search the internet to open the file or use something from my computer to open it. It says nothing about registering and it is grayed out in radlight.

Am I doing something wrong here?

I also can't get trailers from apple to work.

Open it with regsvr32 which resides inside your Windows\\system32 directory and it will register the codec.
post #1193 of 1429
I got it to work on my XP laptop, but it won't work on my vista desktop. I will try it again tomorrow.
post #1194 of 1429
Alright, here is the error that I get every time that I try to install the MPCVideoDecoder:

The module "C:\\ProgramFiles\\MPCVideoDecoder/MPCVideoDec.ax" was loaded but the call to DllRegisterServer failed with error code 0x80070005.

What is this all about?

I also can't play .mov files from apple trailers in Media Portal. Any ideas on this one?

Thanks for your help.
post #1195 of 1429
Quote:
Originally Posted by scrufynerfherder View Post

Alright, here is the error that I get every time that I try to install the MPCVideoDecoder:

The module "C:\\ProgramFiles\\MPCVideoDecoder/MPCVideoDec.ax" was loaded but the call to DllRegisterServer failed with error code 0x80070005.

What is this all about?

I also can't play .mov files from apple trailers in Media Portal. Any ideas on this one?

Thanks for your help.

You need to run the command in admin mode.

Start -> Accessories - Right Click on Command Prompt - Run as admin.

Voila
post #1196 of 1429
I got the video to work after I got the system to register. Now I just don't have any sound when playing a dvd from my external hard drive. I can play music and it works just fine. I am going to see if trailers will play from apple's trailers website.
post #1197 of 1429
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Originally Posted by daMaster View Post

Love hearing these success stories of people who transitioned from WMC. Keep 'em coming!

I have been using WMC and I am starting to get headaches. Thinking of transitioning to Mediaportal but a little afraid of the time requirement to get up to speed. I think if I do try the switch I will start with this thread.

I have two tuner cards with 4 tuners (Hauppauge with 1 Digital and 1 Analog and an AverMedia Duet with 2 digital, split internally by a single input)

WMC is giving me headaches with picture quality, channel mappings and reception. I am guessing its not the tuner cards because reception is fine using WinTV and direct to tv.

Before I make the switch, I have some noobie questions -
1. Will MP support all 4 tuners?
2. Switching to MP will cost me $20 a year over WMC to subscribe to Schedules Direct. Does SD solve any of the QAM mapping issues or will I still have to add/map manually like I did in WMC ?

Thanks.
post #1198 of 1429
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Originally Posted by ajamils View Post

After getting totally frustrated with unstable playback and bitstreaming of Highdef material. I switched to MPC-HC and everything works like it should except for the fact that when I try to use it as an external player for MP, it loses focus and my remote no longer works.

In MP configuration "Always on top" is UNCHECKED and in MPC-HC the option for "Always on top" is checked and even though MPC-HC stays on top of MP, the remote does not work and it continues interacting with MP.

How do I fix that ?? I'm using Harmony remote which is setup as Imon Pad.

Does your remote work with MPC-HC when you launch it alone?

Which IR receiver are you using?

For the most stable playback, I have always thought Mediaportals internal player was fantasic. Much more stable than MPC. You just have to use the right decoders. If you follow the guide in the stickies here you should be gold...at least that is my experience.
post #1199 of 1429
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajamils View Post

After getting totally frustrated with unstable playback and bitstreaming of Highdef material. I switched to MPC-HC and everything works like it should except for the fact that when I try to use it as an external player for MP, it loses focus and my remote no longer works.

In MP configuration "Always on top" is UNCHECKED and in MPC-HC the option for "Always on top" is checked and even though MPC-HC stays on top of MP, the remote does not work and it continues interacting with MP.

How do I fix that ?? I'm using Harmony remote which is setup as Imon Pad.

Go into the Imon Manager, select Utilities on the left, and make sure that "Use Exclusive Mode" is not checked.
post #1200 of 1429
Quote:
Originally Posted by jmsnyc View Post

Before I make the switch, I have some noobie questions -
1. Will MP support all 4 tuners?
2. Switching to MP will cost me $20 a year over WMC to subscribe to Schedules Direct. Does SD solve any of the QAM mapping issues or will I still have to add/map manually like I did in WMC ?

1. I'm running MP with an ATi HDTV-Wonder, Hauppauge PVR-1600 (and its remote), and the AVermedia Duet. All is well! I can record 4 ATSC at once and also capture an A/V stream from an S-Video source (like my DirecTV) using the analog section of the Hauppauge! I'm not sure whether MP has a limit to the quantity of tuners it can support but its scheduling and conflict management is rough - it starts at the highest priority tuner and bumps along until it can find a free one to use, no intelligence, no preplanning like some others... that's why I have 4 available in my system.

2. While you can use SD and it is easy to get going, I have no experience with the QAM tuning - no cable here. I'm OTA on this system and have DirecTV as my "premium" subscription for ESPN, TRu, CNN and all the usual suspects. Just this year I dropped SD in favor of using mc2xml and the XMLTV plug-in included in the MP 1.1's configuration application to read the data file into MPs database. I'd suggest using SD is less confusing than what I'm doing, but for my OTA it pulls their schedules just fine from the microsoft website for free! As far as your QAM - I think the tuners tune ClearQAM just fine (inside TV-Server), although just how much you have to do to correlate a SD to them I can't say.
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