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post #211 of 1857
Yeah, definately steer clear of the mega packs.
post #212 of 1857
"Everything works A LOT smoother with the remote instead of no remote."

Agreed, I am very glad I picked it up.
post #213 of 1857
I am just about to build my own MCE2005 system and I have a question -- I have an ATI 9800 Pro All-In-Wonder and I know I can't use it for MPEG encoding (I plan on using a Hauppauge PVR 150MCE), but I was hoping I could still use it as my video card, and also for video encoding outside of MCE. Will this work?

Thanks,
Steve
post #214 of 1857
Quote:


Originally posted by 3rob3
My Fusion card works great on all stations but one (my local CBS affiliate). It is jerky on that channel. I'm not sure if they are broadcasting differently, or it is just because it is my weakest signal. The weird thing is if I switch to the Fusion app it is very smooth.

I might have to doublecheck all the stations, but interestingly enough it was a football game on CBS I was watching. Same symptoms as you.
Quote:


At least now it seems I won't have to kill all the MCE processes to run it (their latest driver claims to fix this, haven't tried it yet though).

Yes, you can run the Fusion app now without killing all the eh*.* processes first.
post #215 of 1857
Quote:


Originally posted by sfisher64
I am just about to build my own MCE2005 system and I have a question -- I have an ATI 9800 Pro All-In-Wonder and I know I can't use it for MPEG encoding (I plan on using a Hauppauge PVR 150MCE), but I was hoping I could still use it as my video card, and also for video encoding outside of MCE. Will this work?

Thanks,
Steve

Please look at my listing:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...r&pagenumber=5

It talks about the ability for you to record with the AIW and display as well.
post #216 of 1857
Hey guys,

Does MCE allow you to define a disk per tuner? Since I have two tuners - I would love to be able to define that tuner 1 - records to c:\\ and tuner 2 - records to d:\\ (C and D are different physical drives)

Thanks!
post #217 of 1857
Hi guys,

So far I have AIW 9800 Pro working with MCE 2005. I wonder if the Hauppauge WinPVR 350 would work along with AIW 9800? This way, I can have a dual tuner set up as well as listening to radio stations.

If it's possible, do I need to download any hacked driver for PVR350? Thanks for your help,

Simon
post #218 of 1857
Quote:
Originally posted by gnollo
I was having a look at the RME website (soundcards).
I was looking at the digi96pa.
http://www.rme-audio.com/english/digi96/digi96pa.htm
As you can see below, the drivers of the RME seem to support Asio native in the driver properties window.
I really would like ASIO over SPDIF as that is how I am currently playing my music via MCE. Can anyone confirm that using the digi96 pad you could bypass the kmixer using the Asio functionality of the driver, giving a more accurate and musical passthrough?

You cannot use ASIO in MCE, since MCE uses WMP and WMP does not support ASIO. Nevertheless, you can get bit perfect through MCE, here is how, straight from an email I got from RME:

"The Kmixer is active, Volume and EQ settings inside the WMP can not be
"bypassed", these take place before the signal is passed on to the
sound card
driver. So moving the volume slider in WMP will in fact change the
output
volume...

But if the maximum volume setting in WMP is precisely 0 dB with no
alteration of
the volume at all, and if no EQ is applied, audio should by all means
be played
back bit-accurate.

A quick experiment with a test tone seems to confirm this (using WMP
8). With
the volume fader at max, the test tone generated in Cool Edit (a sine
wave at
-1.4 dBFS) plays back at precisely -1.4 dBFS in WMP (measured with
Digicheck).
That may not *guarantee* total bit accuracy yet (more detailed testing
would be
required), but it does seem to be the case indeed. If not, it would be
a WMP
issue..."

BTW, RME is worth every penny (I use it for analog stereo out only, fed throught a passive NHT volume control to a Class A stereo amp and it sounds fantastic).
post #219 of 1857
Has anyone out there tried a 9600XT on MCE2k5 @ 1920x1080i resolution with the latest ATI/MCE Drivers?

I gave it a whirl today and playback from the HDTV Wonder was far from smooth. Compared to a NV 5900XT, the performance was horrible.

Thx,
Vidkidd
post #220 of 1857
I run a 9600 (non pro) with 128MB @ 1776x1000i and it works fine for HD playback. I don't use the latest ATI drivers though, I think I'm 4.6 or 4.7 as those have been the most stable/performing for me. I use the DVI to Component dongle and I always ensure Fast Writes are on.

What's the rest of your specs?
post #221 of 1857
Hey cowtown....

System Overview:
P4 2.6Ghz PC. MSI Motherboard with Intel 865PE Chipset
512MB Ram
MCE 2k5 OS with all patches applied
ATI EHome Wonder (latest drivers from 11/18/04)
ATI HDTV Wonder (latest drivers from 11/18/04)
NVidia 5900XT Video card or 9600XT

I can run 1920x1080i on DVD's without a problem on my WinPXP Pro installation. HDTV playback is what's studdering unde MCE.

Any thoughts?

Thx - Vidkidd
post #222 of 1857
vidkid

If you are using nvdvd 4.058 decoder, try change deinterlace control to Film.

Under MCE, I have to switch to Film for HDTV for and Auto for STV. I hope nvidia fixes that in the next update.

Also, there is a MS bug too
h**p://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;885354

Regards, Hien.
post #223 of 1857
Quote:
Originally posted by jpk
Looks like the AVSForum folks were right. There wil be an updated DTV Wonder driver posted to Windows Update shortly. It may take a few days to propagate through to the website.

I notice that MCE2005 seems to have difficulty with the FusionIII-T's ability to tune ATSC QAM256 signals. That's annoying all by itself.

But because MCE will not handle a mixture of a set-top box and tuner card (has to be either 2 STB or 2 tuner cards), I have to let the PVR-250 do direct tuning of non-encrypted signals from analog cable (missing all the premium channels I pay for that require STB decoding) and use poorer-quality OTA Fusion III-T signals instead of the high-quality QAM256 signals.

I would much rather be able to import my NTSC signal through my digital cable box (as my Replay easily does, via Svideo & stereo audio) as well as use the QAM256 signal my cable company supplies me in an unencrypted form via the Fusion card.

Does MS have any plans to:
a. allow for two non-similar sources as above
b. handle the Fusion III-T's ability to tune QAM256 HD signals?

I posted this question on the MCE Community board on Microsoft's website a few days ago, but MS' folks didn't reply to it.
post #224 of 1857
neihn,

Where do you change the NVidia Decoder settings?

Thx,
Vidkidd
post #225 of 1857
Hi vidkidd,

Run MCE in a window, right click on the nvdvd icon in the system tray. Nvidia states that they will provide a nvdvd MCE interface in their next update.

Hien.
post #226 of 1857
Quote:


Originally posted by 3rob3
CJO,
What codec are you using for avi's? MCE is very picky about codecs. Try using just the Xvid one, or FFdshow.

I tried using the xvid codec last night and MCE still doesn't show my .avi files. Any other ideas?

Thanks,
CJ
post #227 of 1857
vidkidd,

I have a similar setup as yours and got rid of all of my HDTV stuttering by bumping my ram up from 512 to 1Gig.
post #228 of 1857
Quote:


Originally posted by HeinePaul
I notice that MCE2005 seems to have difficulty with the FusionIII-T's ability to tune ATSC QAM256 signals. That's annoying all by itself.

But because MCE will not handle a mixture of a set-top box and tuner card (has to be either 2 STB or 2 tuner cards), I have to let the PVR-250 do direct tuning of non-encrypted signals from analog cable (missing all the premium channels I pay for that require STB decoding) and use poorer-quality OTA Fusion III-T signals instead of the high-quality QAM256 signals.

I would much rather be able to import my NTSC signal through my digital cable box (as my Replay easily does, via Svideo & stereo audio) as well as use the QAM256 signal my cable company supplies me in an unencrypted form via the Fusion card.

Does MS have any plans to:
a. allow for two non-similar sources as above
b. handle the Fusion III-T's ability to tune QAM256 HD signals?

I posted this question on the MCE Community board on Microsoft's website a few days ago, but MS' folks didn't reply to it.

I just participated in a MCE Hardware Live Meeting seminar where the two Microsoft experts said they had never heard of the Fusion III-T card, and when I mentioned QAM256, they asked me to "take this private." It also seems as if there are no immediate plans to be able to handle a mixture of sources, such as one set top box and a tuner card. They suggested getting a SECOND set top box. Guess they forgot that HDTV set top boxes won't import into MCE.

Ok, I gave them a shot. Let me know when MS is ready for primetime. 2006?
post #229 of 1857
Hey barhoram....

Ill grab a stick of 512 from my desktop and drop it in the HTPC. My NVidia 5900XT has no stuttering at any resolutoin yet the ATI has massive problems. I seem to prefer NVidias drivers to ATI's so last night my 9600XT went back into the spare parts box. I ordered a 6600GT for kicks and will see where that takes my next...

Thx,
Vidkidd
post #230 of 1857
Thread Starter 
Two new plugins
- webradio
- Dcut to cut commercials out of movies and encode them to wmv using the remote through the MCE interface
post #231 of 1857
Hi guys,

I can't be happier with MCE 2005 and ATI AIW 9800. I'm using the hacked version 4.10 and it's been beautiful. It's running very solid and the ATI driver allows custom resolution so I get no overscan at all with my RPTV. This is much better than playing around with Powerstrip.

However, I do have one problem I can't figure it out. I can't seem to play any pictures in my Pictures. It shows all folders but it tells me they're empty. I have no idea what's going on? I did search around and I was told if I un-install J River Media Center 10, it may help. I do have MC 10 for MusicLobby but I don't want to unload it for the computer.

So if anyone happen to have J River playing fine with MCE 2005, please let me know if you have any problems viewing pictures. Thanks for your help,

Simon
post #232 of 1857
Gnollo did you install the dCut plug in? I understood up to step 3 which states:

3. Open a CMD window. From within the CMD window, go to your dCut install directory, and then run install.cmd. This will install the necessary dlls and registry settings. Click yes when you are prompted to install registry settings.

Im lost and do not know exactly how to accomplish the stated instruction. I know I can go to run and type in CMD, but what to do while in that MSDOS prompt Im not sure.

Well hopefully you or another member can give me a hand! It will be greatly appreciated!

Cheers, Paul
post #233 of 1857
Quote:


Originally posted by jon_rhees
I believe I got this to work by simply assigning the .TS extension in file associations to Media Player 10, OR I might have changed the extension to .mpg -- I cannot remember.

HOWEVER, for me this was still useless, since, similar to WMP10, I cannot find any way to tell playback to use a different PID (program stream), so for my recordings I end up getting the default PID played back, which on my local TV broadcasts is usually the SD feed not the HD feed.

If someone knows how to change this, I'm all ears!

-Jon

Jon,

I use a version of hdtvtompeg2 (1.10b) to strip out the unused pids. Not only does it make the files smaller but you can have it strip out the null packets as well. The other thing that it does that may be of interest is that if you use it to strip out the commercials and other pids the file (I have the system join all the files into one .ts file) can then be run back through the program and converted to a .mpg file without having problems with the audio. I've fed the mpg files to several DVD producer programs without a hitch. Now if I could only figure out a way to integrate the MyHD board into MCE...
post #234 of 1857
Paul,

Go to Start Menu>Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt

In the command window that opens, type "cd\\dcut" then hit enter, to change to that directory, assuming that's where you installed dCut. Then type "install" then hit enter and the install batch file will run. Answer yes to all the prompts and your done. Then carefully edit the registry as explained.
post #235 of 1857
I guess I'll have to give in and buy an analog tuner card, so that I can use my ATI HDTV Wonder in MCE 2005. Is there a list of analog tuner cards that will work in MCE 2005? I will not actually use this tuner, as I only want to get the HDTV wonder working, so cheaper is better. I noticed that there are a few on Newegg for less than $35! Any suggestions?
post #236 of 1857
If you only want to use the HD tuner, then you can use Kram's hacked drivers at xpmce.com to get the HDTV Wonder analog tuner recognized using ATI software mce encoder. There's info in this thread and others about it. The only downside is you can only record from one tuner at a time but in your case that's not a problem.
post #237 of 1857
Quote:


Originally posted by djg
If you only want to use the HD tuner, then you can use Kram's hacked drivers at xpmce.com to get the HDTV Wonder analog tuner recognized using ATI software mce encoder. There's info in this thread and others about it. The only downside is you can only record from one tuner at a time but in your case that's not a problem.

I thought the hacked drivers were for the All in Wonder graphic/tuner cards, not the HDTV Wonder tuner card? I thought I was keeping up with this thread, but maybe I missed something. I'll search through again.
post #238 of 1857
They work for both AIW and the HDTV Wonder. The part you want is the mce encoder under custom install.
post #239 of 1857
Sorry if this has been asked, I see the first post hasn't been updated in a little while...

Can I start playback of a show while it is still recording? I played a show tonight while it was about halfway done recording, and it looks like it stopped recording it. On the Recorded TV screen it shows the complete 1 hour length, but the file ends at the 35 min mark. During the playback of the show I had minimized Media Center and the systray icon was there saying it was recording it. The file size on the hard drive is definitely only 35 mins of it though.

Brian
post #240 of 1857
Thread Starter 
Yup, I normally play a file while I am recording it, no problems here.
How did you play the show? I go to Recorded programs, and open up the file THROUGH the Media Center interface.
I am not sure if you double click on the file using Windows Explorer if that is going to have a negative impact on that...
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