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post #241 of 1857
Hmm, I did play it through Media Center, from the Recorded TV page. It was an HD show, so it could be something with the Fusion drivers. I will have to give it a try with a SD show and see if that works.
post #242 of 1857
I record HD with the Fusion and start watching it while it is still recording with no problems.
post #243 of 1857
What drivers are you using? I am using the latest beta drivers with the hotfix.
post #244 of 1857
Did a search on the USB-UIRT and came up with not many answers. Couple questions for anyone that might know.

1. Can the mce 2k5 setup be completed w/o an actual mce remote control (if you go the digital cable box/satellite route)? Is there another way to get around this by maybe saying you have no cable box but later changing the option?

2. It looks like the USB-UIRT and girder will work fine for controlling mce 2k5 based on some of the research I have done but I havent gotten deep enough in to know exactly how to do this. Does anyone have experience getting this up and running and how difficult is it?

Basically I have a USB-UIRT and Home Theater Master MX-700 I would like to use to control MCE but cant get through tv setup. I am pretty sure I can download a preconfigured file for my remote to use it as an mce remote so it seems silly to have to buy the remote even if it is only $35 bucks.
post #245 of 1857
Elvislives,
I am also using the latest beta drivers and hotfix. Are you using NVDVD? If so try turning off the hardware acceleration setting in there.
post #246 of 1857
3rob3, yes I am using NVDVD. I have been playing around with the hardware setting in it and am pretty sure that it was turned off when I started playing back. Hmmm, I did turn it on during the playback/recording, maybe that's what messed it up. I will have to play around with it some more tonight, thanks for the tip.
post #247 of 1857
Maybe this is a blessing in disguise, but has anyone else noticed blurry FBI/Copyright Warnings when first accessing a DVD for playback within MCE? I'm using the 1.00.58 nVidia decoders exclusively on my MCE setup and whereas my DVDs play fine with external software players (WMP10 and ZoomPlayer), once I go into MCE, I get the blurry warnings and a slight stutter. If I play and then immediately restart the DVD in MCE, things usually work okay, but that work-around isn't a 100% fix.

I'm more concerned with the stutter than the blurry warnings that I'm able to skip through anyway , but perhaps the two effects are related somehow? How are DVDs playing for the rest of you? I should mention that I'm playing from an actual disc and not the hard drive at this point.

HTPC specifications:

Athlon XP 3200+
1GB Corsair Memory
DFI Infinity nForce2 Ultra w/Soundstorm (for games)
M-Audio Delta 410 (for movies and music)
eVGA GeforceFX 5700
Hauppauge PVR-250MCE
80GB Samsung HD
Pioneer A07 DVD+/-RW
MCE 2005

All drivers are up-to-date.
post #248 of 1857
I have a problem.

My MCE2005 will not detect my Hauppauge PVR-250. I have all the current drivers, and the software that comes with my hauppauge (wintv) works fine, I can view all my channels. But when I try to view channels with mce2005, I get the message "card not found".. Any ideas...
post #249 of 1857
Try the MCE ones from:
www.shspvr.com
post #250 of 1857
Well I tested a bit just now by recording an SD and an HD show at the same time and jumping playback back and forth between them while recording. Everything worked well, the complete shows were recorded. I even switched on hardware acceleration in the NVDVD control panel, trying to break it. Managed to hang Media Center a couple times but the shows kept on recording. Not sure if last night was just a glitch or what but it looks like it's all good for now.
post #251 of 1857
I tried the registry edit to enable the wake from standby via remote from the green button website. That totally killed my HTPC after reboot. Is there a more detailed explanation of the registry edit that will enable wake from standby via remote. I really need this function to work without wiping out my PC again. Right now I'm backing up my files from the last disaster and will try again as soon as I'm done.
post #252 of 1857
Before you apply any type of registry hacks/settings you should image your drive with some sort of imaging software so you dont have to reload! I know its a bit late now....but for the next time at least you would be able to load the image and be back up and running in 10 minutes vs hours and hours.
post #253 of 1857
Thread Starter 
Yup. I tried the registry hacks to get my HTPC fans to stop, but recording would not start after resume.
Bummer but that is how it goes... Now I have it always on.
post #254 of 1857
How does your MCE menu look with a RP HDTV?

Building an MCE05 Based HTPC and Im concerned that the menu will look like poop on my RPTV, since standard computer looked pretty bad when we hooked up a friends machine (The HD content from his machine was awesome though).
post #255 of 1857
It looks great on my direct view HDTV. MCE 2005 was made to be displayed on a TV and has an initial setup to configure it to look right.

CJ
post #256 of 1857
I have noticed that I am not getting the voices on my HDTV Wonder with MCE2005.

I get background music, etc.. but the voices are super low. It only happens when the programs are in 720P, if it switches to commercial, etc.. it is fine. 1080i works fine too..

I have cranked everything up in the Surround Mixer of the Audigy - but to no avail...

My Setup:
Audigy 2 ZS Plat
HDTV Wonder
MCE2005
ATI 9800 AIW
WinDVD6

Any suggestions?
post #257 of 1857
Quote:


Originally posted by krhyatt
I have noticed that I am not getting the voices on my HDTV Wonder with MCE2005.

I get background music, etc.. but the voices are super low. It only happens when the programs are in 720P, if it switches to commercial, etc.. it is fine. 1080i works fine too..

I have cranked everything up in the Surround Mixer of the Audigy - but to no avail...

My Setup:
Audigy 2 ZS Plat
HDTV Wonder
MCE2005
ATI 9800 AIW
WinDVD6

Any suggestions?

I have the same problem with an Audigy 2 ZS.
post #258 of 1857
I am considering building a 2005 MC PC to record OTA HD, and only OTA HD. Nothing else. Has anyone tried to put 2 HD Wonder cards into a single PC for this?

Jason
post #259 of 1857
93coupe,
I have an old Hitachi 4:3 CRT HD RPTV and the MCE menus look great. That is one of the primary advantages to good front-ends (MCE, Meedio, etc). They have big buttons and text and look good on TVs. I agree that regular Windows screens are, shall we say, sub-par on a TV screen.

Regards,
post #260 of 1857
I cannot get DVD's to play in MCE. When I hit play, the screen just goes black and MCE locks up. I am able to play DVD's using windows media player, and zoomplayer (using dscale and ffdshow). Any suggestions?
post #261 of 1857
Bchav,

I think you need a DVD decoder or a supported player installed on your PC. I don't think zoomplayer is supported?? If you have full versions of WinDVD 6 or PowerDVD 6, install one of them and it should work. Or you can purchase a DVD decoder like WinDVD, PowerDVD, or Nvidia codec from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win.../buypacks.aspx
They aren't free, I think most are around $15-$20 for just the decoders.
post #262 of 1857
Quote:


I have noticed that I am not getting the voices on my HDTV Wonder with MCE2005.

I get background music, etc.. but the voices are super low. It only happens when the programs are in 720P, if it switches to commercial, etc.. it is fine. 1080i works fine too..

I have cranked everything up in the Surround Mixer of the Audigy - but to no avail...

My Setup:
Audigy 2 ZS Plat
HDTV Wonder
MCE2005
ATI 9800 AIW
WinDVD6

Any suggestions?

This is a guess... but maybe the 720p programming in your area is the only stuff that is transmitted with 5.1 audio. If that is the case, then you probably have the Audigy Audio HQ set to decode AC-3 instead of passthrough. Since it is decoding the signal and you are connected via SPDIF, it is just passing through the L/R channels. Go into the Control Panel --> Audio HQ and make sure that is set to AC-3 passthrough.

Hope that helps,
Brian
post #263 of 1857
Hey Gang,

I have an chance to get the Windows MCE 2005 and Remote Control for a good deal.

My question - what is the learning MCE 2005 Remote Control's product number? I want to ask the seller, to check the remote control and check the back or something to make sure it is the newest version. I hear that the remote control 2005 version is MUCH better for Windows MCE 2005.

So, can someone tell me the actual product number for both the remote control and the receiver - a set of number or strings that I can tell the seller to check for?

Thanks!!!
post #264 of 1857
just ask if it has the Microsoft name on it.... the non-learning OEM models have no brand....

post #265 of 1857
Quote:


Originally posted by ttriplett
I was under the impression that MCE2005 would not support ATSC+NTSC+Svideo. Only ATSC+Svideo+Svideo OR ATSC+NTSC+NTSC.

Someone please tell me I'm wrong. This was the only reason that I hadn't already ordered it.

kolvadw, does this require some sort of hack??

Sorry for the delay in responding ttriplett, been out on vacation.

Your right, I got this wrong... When I reconfigured MCE to use my DirecTV STB it originally appeared I still had the cable channels from the eHome wonder, but I do not. Just the digital channels from the HDTV Wonder and the STB channels from my Samsung HD DirecTV STB via the eHome's Svideo input. The good thing is that MCE does a good job of controllng the STB including providing a guide for all premium channels and recording, but you can't get three (different) tuners to work... :-(

Sorry...

Don
post #266 of 1857
Quote:


Originally posted by kolvadw
Sorry for the delay in responding ttriplett, been out on vacation.

Your right, I got this wrong... When I reconfigured MCE to use my DirecTV STB it originally appeared I still had the cable channels from the eHome wonder, but I do not. Just the digital channels from the HDTV Wonder and the STB channels from my Samsung HD DirecTV STB via the eHome's Svideo input. The good thing is that MCE does a good job of controllng the STB including providing a guide for all premium channels and recording, but you can't get three (different) tuners to work... :-(

Sorry...

Don

Thanks Don. Bummer. I am going to hold off on getting MCE until they change this.
post #267 of 1857
Hi, sorry I searched for a bit and couldn't find any other reference to this issue (though I swear I read a post about it), anyway:

I am currently running MCE 2k5 with 2x Asus analog tv tuners and an HDTV wonder.

My issue is that the sound volume between analog channels and DTV is really noticeable: the analog channels are MUCH louder (I need to have them on 1-5), than DTV stations (I have to turn them almost to max).

Is there a way to fix this? I recall when I used ATI's MMC, I noticed it that the DTV channels were less loud than regular analog ones, so I'm guessing it is an issue with the HDTV, but who knows.

I remember reading someone suggested adjusting the sound playback volumes to equal them out, however I didn't notice anything that effected the volume of analog or DTV channels only (my options are: master, wave, SW synth, CD player, Line in, PC Speaker, PCM SPDIF).

Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you!
post #268 of 1857
Thread Starter 
I have 4 PCs connected to MCE 2005, how do I stream live TV to the other PCs? Apparently MCE2005 is always recording 20 minutes of video, in case you wish to rewind pause etc live tv.
Any way we can open that file from the other PCS and have kinda delayed streaming?
post #269 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.


Here's what I've learned in the past week. Even with the Fusion III-T's Hotfix dated 2 days ago, MCE05 will not handle tuning any digital signal above 100 no matter if it is QAM64 or QAM256, because the field in "Enter a new digital channel" will only go to XX.X, with anything higher than 99.9 impossible to enter.

Even if MCE allowed the Fusion III-T tuner drivers to find receive the unencrypted QAM256 channels that many cable companies are offering, you can't get MCE to look for it in the 100+ range, where Cox is placing them. (And if they did, you would still have to use the MCE remote to enter them, as keyboard entry isn't allowed in the "add new digital channel" process.)

My only remaining option is to let the Fusion III-T card tune OTA, and edit the channels that Zap2It incorrectly assigns to OTA HD channels in Las Vegas. But to do that, and also in hope (or the "good money after bad" error that is the hallmark of HTPC) that MCE makes the incredibly simple modification of allowing a four digit digital channel, I've ordered an MCE remote from NewEgg.

Edit: You'll love this latest. When I plugged in the Microsoft-branded MCE2005 remote, MCE2005 could not find a driver for it. From what the folks at TGB and the MCE Newsgroup have said, I'm looking at a reinstall of the OS, as not even the Microsoft folks can figure out where the driver is. I've purchased a lot of computer equipment and been disappointed in the past (read Revolution 7.1), but so far, MS MCE05 takes the cake.
post #270 of 1857
I have a couple of questions on MCE05. First here is the hardware I'm using:

P4 2.4C, 512mb DDR400, Abit IS-10 mobo, ATI AIW 9700 Pro, ATI HDTV Wonder, 80GB Maxtor OS drive, 2x 250GB Maxtor data drives, 2x 300GB Maxtor data drives, 350 Watt A-Open power supply.

MCE 2005, Microsoft Remote, PowerDVD 6.


1. I have a slight stutter on ripped DVD, which happens every few minutes or so, it's not terrible but it should be smooth and I'd like to fix it if I could. I'm using PowerDVD 6 as my decoder and have enabled hardware acceleration. With hardware acceleration off the video is really choppy. I'm using 5 hard drives in my HTPC with only a 350watt power supply, anyone think that could be a problem, I'm close to the max or slightly over on wattage I believe.

2. I seem to be having a slight issue with waking from standby. If it's over a long period of time when the PC wakes I have no video signal or a black screen, anyone else seen this?

3. MC remote programming - I want to program my MC remote to change the volume on my receiver. Can this be done under PC mode of the remote or is it only TV mode settings that can be changed?

Thanks.
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