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WMC HTPC breaks down over time, reformat the disk and joy… for awhile

Trying to diagnose whats going on with my HTPC. It will run great for awhile and then over the course of a month it begins to bog down and eventually become unusable at which point I reinstall the OS ...
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1answer
253 views

Wake up and record in Windows Media Center on a Mac Mini

I'm currently considering buying a Mac Mini to use as a media center. I plan to install Windows 7 (or 8) on it, using Boot Camp. Will it be able to go into standby or hibernate (S3, S4?) and wake up ...
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1answer
180 views

Static sound through HTPC Speakers

I just built a Home Theater PC running Windows 7 with MediaBrowser. When I open Media Center, I get this static noise coming through the TV. This is before I have even played anything. It only ...
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59 views

Windows Media Center history

I would like to know the means that WMC can determine if it had already downloaded a movie or series episode so it doesn't record it again. I encode unprotected videos aster recording due to space ...
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0answers
94 views

Is there a way to control windows media center without focus?

I would like to set up a new desktop at home with the dual purpose of using it for my regular applications and as an HTPC for the family. In my initial playing around with media center I noticed that ...
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2answers
306 views

How to choose a media center remote with mouse pad to control my pc for Windows/Linux?

My goal is to make my windows 7 mce htpc to use linux instead, I would like to use Mythtv and Xbmc to use my tv tuner and others sources. (tube sites, tv channels sites and others ...)
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What are some tweaks to Windows 7 that can be done for a HTPC?

I've built a HTPC and would like to optimize Windows 7 to dedicate as much of the resources to Media playback through the HTPC. I'll be using XBMC and Media Center (testing them out, and making a ...
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2answers
1k views

Is there any way to get Media Center running in XP Home Edition?

I have a machine running XP Home that I would like to use as a HTPC. I installed Boxee on it and love it. However, it does not support my Amazon VOD videos as they have DRM. Amazon VOD will play ...
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3answers
2k views

Cheap/simple way to turn TV on/off using computer and/or Windows Meda Center remote

I have a Windows Media Center HTPC, and it's great. I'm trying to rid myself of one last minor inconvenience, though. The only thing I need my TV remote for on a day-to-day basis is to turn the TV ...
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0answers
157 views

Media Center Manual Recording Naming Convention

I am using a program to record a TV show manually with MCE and just noticed that the naming convention on these files is different between machines. How is the Manual Recording....wtv vs ...
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1answer
79 views

Media Center Configuration - TV Setup Issue

When attempting to configure Windows Media Center for the first time, a user of mine is unable to get past this screen. No timeout becomes visible, the screen literally remains in this state with no ...
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1answer
519 views

Inconsistent black levels in windows 7 media center

I've got a HTPC running windows 7 64bit, hooked up to a Samsung LCD TV. My problem is different types of video are displaying different black levels on the TV. When I play a bluray through Arcsoft ...
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1answer
775 views

Windows 7 MCE client server HTPC

My HTPC is downstairs connected to my large screen. I would like to use my desktop upstairs to record over the air HDTV and stream it to the HTPC. I have Windows 7 Professional installed on the ...
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2answers
2k views

Windows Media Center HDMI Capture Cards

I'm working on a new software application that utilizes windows media center to play recorded TV shows in the center of the screen. We can get this to work with standard coax or RCA input TV ...
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1answer
578 views

Computer won't go into standby

When I select Start->Turn off computer->Standby the 'turn off computer' option window closes, and then nothing else happens. I can start new applications, and Windows acts like I never selected ...
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1answer
3k views

Netflix not working in Windows Vista Media Center two icons, and won't play

Two part question. Why does Windows Media Center display two Netflix plugins on the main home screen? Why does Netflix have a popup saying "there was a problem retrieving data, please check your ...
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1answer
1k views

Windows 7 Media Center PC not displaying MKV files properly

Does anyone know why Windows Media Center wouldn't correctly display a 16x9 video? I just upgraded my home-built HTPC from Vista Ultimate (hey, it was a giveaway) to Windows 7 Ultimate - clean ...
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2answers
239 views

What is the best policy for user account on a Windows 7 Media Center shared by the whole family

What is a good way to manage user accounts for a Windows 7 Media Center PC that is part of an entertainment center for a family? Each family member keeps most of their personal stuff on their own ...
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2answers
459 views

Why does Windows Media Center make http requests for watched folders on a network drive?

I have a Linux server on my home LAN that has a filesystem shared via Samba (/export), where I store some older recorded TV (under /export/Recorded\ TV). The system is also a web server, running a ...
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5answers
2k views

Suggestions for small, power efficient, media center PC? [closed]

I need a Windows Media Center PC. It should have: HDMI output small form factor Be able to handle a TV tuner that can decode clear QAM (i get basic cable w/o a decoder box and i get all the local ...
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2answers
898 views

Possible to play Windows Media Center recorded tv (dvr-ms) on OSX w/o conversion?

I have an HTPC running Windows Vista Media Center, and use it quite heavily to record TV. I have a Macbook I use for work that I'd like to be able to have TV on during those late night coding ...
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1answer
185 views

Windows Media Extender Recording

I intend to use a Windows Home Server (WHS) as a storage medium for my movies and TV programs. Obviously, I will need a machine setup to record TV programs. What I am wondering is if it possible to ...
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3answers
1k views

Fast-forward and rewind commands do not work on Windows 7 RC 32-bit Media Centre

This only happens on Media Centre (works correctly in Windows Media Player). This only happens on Windows 7 RC (works correctly on Vista). Edit: This happens with all videos. I use Shark007 codec ...