Sp1 problems and fixes plus post round up

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Installing Vista Service Pack 1 and WMV playback problems

I had problems playing back WMV files on my Media Center PC after installing Sp1, turns out it’s a sound card output issue. WMP was trying to use digital output when I don’t have one. It’s all fixed now…

 

Autonomic Controls on Channel 10

Channel 10 have a nice video showing Autonomic audio distribution system for Media Center, which uses a 7.1 sound card to distribute 4 separate stereo pairs.  Also shown in the video is a neat solution for controlling Media Center via a UMPC or a…

 

Xbox 360 Arcade drops below £149

If your after a cheap Extender for Windows Media Center and can put up with a bit of fan noise then the Xbox 360 Arcade is now a very attractive. Digital Spy are reporting that Tesco and other UK retails have started offering the Arcade for £149…

 

D-Link DSM-750 Extender Now Available – Chris Lanier’s Blog

Chris is reporting that the D-Link Extender is now available for ordering and some retailers are offering it at $250. It’s a shame D-Link are not offering the unit out side of North America as there has been good feedback from the beta testers. As Chris…

 

How do you organize your music library?

When you have a music collection that you play via Media Center at some point you come across the problem of having missing or incorrect meta data. This is especially a problem if you download mp3 files, and having missing album art looks really bad when…

 

Xbox.com advert for the Xbox Media Center Extender functions

There is a nice advert for the Extender functions of Media Center on Xbox.com showing how the Xbox can be used for home entertainment. It’s good that Microsoft are highlighting the Extender function of the Xbox. With it being it being on Xbox.com it’s…

The Media Center Show #150 – Charlie Owen on the Media Center Platform

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Welcome to show 150! Joining me this week is Microsoft’s Charlie Owen, Charlie is a Program Manager on the eHome team and his area is the Media Center Platform and the SDK. Charlie talks about how the Media Center vision has changed since the first version and how the development platform has also changed. I also have an interview with Ted Singh from Embedded Automation, Ted was guest on show #1 and we talked about their new product mPanel.

I have email and news items plus an update on the The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup

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MyNetflix v2.2 Beta update

Anthony Park has updated MyNetflix which includes a new search feature and the ability to pick a bit rate. I just finished working on a few new features for MyNetflix, so I wanted to get this out there in public beta. The new version can be downloaded…

HP’s online demo of Media Center Extenders

HP have a video up demonstrating it’s Media Smart TV and there is a demo showing off Media Center Extender functions (top right of the main video). It’s a good background on the features that Extenders offer. It’s a pity that HP are not planning to launch…

Microsoft UK kick off a digital life marketing campaign

Microsoft UK have put up some videos off digital lifestyle products, the videos show off how Microsoft products fit in with the digital life e.g. guy on a skateboard using Windows Live Messenger on a Windows Mobile phone. It does show off Media Center…

Should 3rd Party apps look and feel like the rest of Media Center? Vote Now!!

A debate that has raged since Microsoft launched the SDK for Windows Media Center is should Media Center apps look and feel like native Media Center or should they have their own look Steven Harding has posted this question on his blog: Microsoft are…

Vista SP1 Gives Extenders a Speed Boost?

Chris Lanier highlights that posters over on TGB are reporting that SP1 gives the Extenders a speed boost, improving the screen transitions. As I have said before I don’t think that transitions are that bad but it would be good to see and improvement….

Steve Lindsay on Paul Thurrot’s (non) review of Linksys Extenders on his Windows Weekly show.

I have already mentioned my disappointment of Paul Thurrot’s dismissing of the Linksys Extenders ( here ) and Steve Lindsay expresses his thoughts. He mentioned some points that Paul completely missed, things like form factor, weight, power consumption,…

Engadget HD – Who makes the best HD DVR?

Engadget are asking who makes the best HD DVR, and TiVo has taken the lead so you need to get voting for Media Center . To some, DVRs are a like a religion and switching shouldn’t be taken lightly, but others will take whatever their provider gives ’em…

Paul Thurrott bashes Extenders + Post roundup

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The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup – Win an XBox 360 Elite and more!

As you may have read I am running The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup competition and as well as giving away mControl and Big Screen Headlines thanks to a very generous anonymous donor the winning entry will get a brand new Xbox 360 Elite + extra…

 

All Vista Media Center Keyboard shortcuts

Here is a top tip from the forums that I thought was worth posting. It’s a complete list of Media Center keyboard shortcuts: A friend of mine gave me a little book on VMC and XBOX 360 etc. It contained a list of all the keyboard shortcuts for VMC, thought…

 

Windows Weekly dismisses the Linksys Extenders, while I sit happily watching TV on mine

Some times I like Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott and some times the show really gets on my nerves. This week Paul totally dismissed the Linksys extenders blaming poor performance (he did praise the Media Center UI). His message was to "totally avoid" the Extenders as having little benefit over the last generation of Extenders. I can’t agree I have had no issues with mine…

The Media Center Show #149 – Ed Bott on Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and more

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I have a great show this week even if your not a Media Center enthusiast. Windows expert Ed Bott joined me for a live show a couple of weeks ago talking about Vista Service Pack 1. We talked about many topics including Service Pack 1 and had some great questions from the chat room. Ed talks a lot of sense and helps puts the record straight on Windows Vista, he made a great statement "One of the things about the blogosphere is that it reduces every argument to one that can be shouted across a wall". I have a couple of emails and an news on a new competition

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The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup – Win an XBox 360 Elite and more!

As you may have read I am running The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup competition and as well as giving away mControl and Big Screen Headlines thanks to a very generous anonymous donor the winning entry will get a brand new Xbox 360 Elite + extra wireless controller and game. Plus there will be prizes of Xbox 360 Controllers and games for the runners up.

The competition is for Media Center enthusiasts to show off their home installations. It could be a big multi-room installation or a small neat single PC setup , anything that you have installed and designed yourself. It must feature Windows Media Center and can feature any other connected technology, e.g. Windows Home Server, home theatre and audio devices.

You don’t have to have an all singing and dancing setup to take part, just take some pictures and post them on the Flickr group, and hopefully the pictures will inspire new users to get installing Media Center

So post your pictures in the Flickr group, the closing date for the first round of pictures is May 1st and a big thanks to the doner!

Roundup of Recent Posts

Chris Lanier on The Media Center Show Live – Today

Don’t forget Chris Lanier will be live on The Media Center Show today (or tonight depending on your time zone!) 8pm GMT / 1pm PST. We will be taking Media Center, Extenders, Blu-ray on Xbox and lot more Listen and watch the video stream live and join in Live.TheDigitalLifestyle.com

 

MceFM – Last.fm addin for Windows Media Center

If your a Last.fm user you will like the new addon for Windows Media Center by Damian Mehers . MceFRM is a a Last.FM addon Vista Media Center with features like using the More option from Media Center to select MceFM and then listen to more artist like…

 

The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup

Enthusiasts have started posting entries for The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup on the Flickr group . As I said on my blog on Friday: The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup is for Media Center enthusiasts to show off their home installations….

 

AnandTech on the Windows Home Server Bug

If your technical and want to know more about the Windows Home Server bug you should read the article on AnandTech . When it rains, it pours, and sometimes you get hit by lightning too which will really ruin your day. Since very late last year, Microsoft…

 

Steve Lindsay’s new video – The Top 5 Things YOU didn’t know you could do Vista Media Center

Steve Linsdsay has posted a new video showing 5 things you didn’t know you could do with Media Center, some of them you will know and others you may not. The areas Steve covers are: Advanced Scheduling Internet TV Sports Windows Home Server Media Center…

 

Yougle 0.4.0 – Internet Video on Media Center

Steven Harding has updated Yougle to 0.4.0 and I got a chance to play with it tonight. It’s a small install and then you can watch Youtube, MSN video and other Internet video sources all in Windows Media Center. Steven has done a great job with the application…

The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup

Enthusiasts have started posting entries for The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup on the Flickr group. As I said on my blog on Friday:

The Ultimate Media Center Enthusiast Setup is for Media Center enthusiasts to show off their home installations. It could be a big multi-room installation or a small neat single PC setup , anything that you have installed and designed yourself. It must feature Windows Media Center and can feature any other connected technology, e.g. Windows Home Server, home theatre and audio devices.

You don’t have to have an all singing and dancing setup to take part, just take some pictures and post them on the Flickr group. I know some of you have great systems, one of the great things about enthusiasts is the inventive solutions they come up with and without a massive budget. Hopefully the pictures you post will inspire new users to come up with great systems

So get posting and be in with a chance of winning Media Center software and a couple of surprise prizes

More details: Show off your Media Center Setup and win prizes

Roundup of posts

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Microsoft Announces 2008 Ultimate Install Contest

Today at the Electronic House Expo (EHX) in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft Corp. announced the 2008 Windows Media Center Ultimate Install Contest. This exciting design contest, now in its second year, seeks…

 

The Media Center Show #148 – Todd Bowra on Media Center Extenders

Listen Here This week I am talking Windows Media Center Extenders with Microsoft’s Todd Bowra. Todd talks about the new generation of Media Center Extenders,how to connect them and the various types of devices available .  I have email, news items…

 

Microsoft are looking for Software Design Engineers in Test (SDETs) for the Media Center Core Team

If you have a passion for Media Center and fancied working on the product. Microsoft are looking for Software Design Engineers in Test to work on Media Center. Following the links to Microsoft’s jobs site one of the roles is working on a "newly-formed…

 

Embedded Automation Announces mPanel

Embedded Automation have announces mPanel, a touch screen for accesing digital media and home automation. I hope to find out more from Embedded Automation and get an update on the show. Here is the press release: Integrated Touch Screen is a Portal for…

 

Next Live Show: Chris Lanier Monday 17th 8pm GMT

Most people will know Chris Lanier and his great Media Center Blog, and he is going to be the next guest on the live media center show. Monday 17th 8pm GMT / 1pm PST I will be streaming the recording of The Media Center Show via live.thedigitallifestyle.com…

 

Use the updated FolderShare to share media around the home

One tool I couldn’t live without is FolderShare , I use it to sync folders across my Tablet PC, UMPC and Media Center PC. It works by you installing the FolderShare client and then picking a folder (or folder tree) you want to sync up and it does the…

 

Windows Home Server Corruption Bug Update

The Microsoft knowledge base article about the data corruption bug that has hit Windows Home Server has been updated. It looks like a fix is being worked on with a delivery June 2008. This issue can now be reliably reproduced, and a fix is in development….

 

Media Center Health Monitor will send you Twitter updates!

I have updated my Media Center Health Monitor with a Twitter addin. So if you have the monitor running and it detects a Windows Media Center issue it will update a Twitter account with the issue. It will also Twitter when the general status of the system…

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