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  • Software Review: Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition!

    Well as all of you probably already know, Windows XP Media Center 2005 has already been released into OEM Version through NewEgg.com. You must purchase something else in order to get it, but I believe its well worth it. Especially if you just purchase the Media Center OEM Remote and then purchase the OS!

    Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition was made specifically for people who are into gamming, MP3ís, watching movies, watching TV, listening to the radioÖand especially the people who want to install a computer onto their TV screen. If you wire up regular Windows XP up to a TV, youíll find it extremely hard to navigate because itís not made for the low resolution of a TV. Media Center is different, the 1st second of operation after installation; youíll notice it is infinitely clearer, and cleaner.

    Media Center also runs better in my personal opinion then any other operating system besides the beta version of Windows XP 64, especially for gamers. Instead of having a bunch of programs you never even heard of or have no clue what on earth they are running in the background, only the basics to run the operating system, and any programs or applications you want to run, will be running. This means faster loading of games, programsÖ.and that extra memory or CPU usage. In my opinion, this is exactly what we need for the small MINI ITX computers.

    Media Center was also equipped with a program similar to what all of us are designing like MMC or Media Engine, called Media Center. It is a media program which if you desire, you can have load up instantly when you start your computer. It has DVD Playback, MP3 Playback, Video Playback, you can install a TV Tuner card and watch TV, you can install a FM and XM Tuner and listen to radio. If you donít want to use this for the car, this is IDEAL for home use! As the program is setup HDTV Ready. Since all our regular TV lines have HDTV signals going through them, we can now watch HDTV shows with this.

    Also before I forget, if you own the remote, they designed this operating system so that when you turn up or down the volume, it displays a green volume display like what you'd see on a TV, with bars and the word VOLUME. That I am unable to take a screen shot of because it doesn't come through the picture.

    Media Center Main Menu:


    As you might notice if you were to look at the properties of that image, the Pixels are not 800x600, but in fact 720x480. They made this for 16:10 wide screen! I believe all the 7Ē screens we are using is 16:10! Also, if your worried about things being blurry since most of us are running 800x600, donít! This program was made for clarity. You will see the program as itís a fully interactive DVD menu or something similar. Which it pretty much is, its fully interactive.

    Video and MP3 playback is wonderful. As long as your MP3 tags are up to date, you will have an album cover for each song you have. Navigation is as simple as an Interactive DVD Menu. ESPECIALY if you have the remote. There are hidden menus you donít see to help you navigate, that appear just by touching any available space on the screen. You might see the hidden menus in one of my screen shots below.


    Media Center Videos Menu:


    As you listen to music or a video, you can browse through other things. In this screen shot Iím listening to a song and looking for a different one.

    Media Center MP3 Playback:


    Unfortunately, I do not have a TV Tuner or Radio Tuner, so I canít show you those things. But I assume the video playback and mp3 playback probably looks similar to them.

    Video Playback In Full Screen:


    Another Image Of Gwen Because Sheís So Hot:


    MP3 Playback Menu While Song Is Playing:






    Originally posted by The Inquirer

    Shuttle will use the Cadillac Escalade SUV terrain vehicle for its future presentations but the best part is that this vehicle has a SN41G2B embedded between the seats while the unit itself is powered by the Media Center 2005 Operating System. There is a space for keyboard and remote controller that comes with Media Center.
    The unit is used for watching DVD while driving, which could be rather distracting, and the XPC is powered by the car.
    45-key Remote Control for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center -OEM
    Model# MEDIA CENTR RMTE
    Item # N82E16880100201
    Specifications:
    Receiver: USB IR Receiver
    Range: 10 ft.
    Maximum Number of Keys: 45
    THIS IS NOT A UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL! THIS REMOTE WILL ONLY WORK WITH MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP MEDIA CENTER OPERATING SYSTEMS!



    Other remotes will work, but not as well. This remote was made specifically for this operating system and is quite cheap, 33 bucks from new egg.
    -Josh
    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    My URL: https://www.facebook.com/jagray85

    XBOX: DarkerStars

  • #2
    Nice review. I was going to write one of these up too cause I just installed it on my carputer today ( just got my new hard drive). I am at work now but I can't wait to continue testing it out. I was really impressed with it.
    AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
    Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
    Installed.


    -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
    -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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    • #3
      What are boot times for windows media center?
      can you reduce them?
      mobo $130 ; 150wOpus-$200 ; 256mb pc2700 -$10 ; 120gb HDD 7200-$70 ; Lilliput TS 7"-$265 ; USB LAN-Free AR ; Rikaline 6010 GPS-$34 ; ShuttleXpress-$37
      Total = $746....Carputer = Priceless

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      • #4
        boot time...well faster then I've ever seen my pc...
        -Josh
        1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
        My URL: https://www.facebook.com/jagray85

        XBOX: DarkerStars

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        • #5
          Actually seems to be pretty fast boot time.
          AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
          Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
          Installed.


          -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
          -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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          • #6
            how bout adding 3rd party software to it, like GPS, can it be embedded
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            • #7
              Faster boot time, what was your time before and after using windows media center. 10 seconds? 5 seconds? And please tell us what mainboard, ram, hd you are using. Nice review, thx it helps a lot

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              • #8
                lol read my sig.
                XPC Model SN41G2V2
                AMD AthlonXP 1800+ Processor [1.54ghz]
                2x Mushkin 256MB DDR Memory [512mb]
                Pioneer DVDRW 16x8x4x
                80GB Super Fast UltraATA HD
                Windows XP Media Center 2005

                BUT, it seems to run GREAT on my girlfriends old HP. Some old HP motherboard with a AMD Slot A 800mhz cpu, 256mb of ram, and a 40gb hard drive. It also has some old *** herculese GF2mx. Her memory sucks, but it runs great.

                Also, I dont think you can embed GPS onto it, but if you have a GPS program, you can add aditional software to it that it will run, if you see the main menu. It has a area in there to add software.

                I'd have to say it is about 20-30 seconds faster...lol cause it took like 45 seconds to load regular XP through my old mainboard and the same cpu and memory.

                I'll be having some info on my computer system as soon as I can get the cable for my digi cam. So stay tuned for that.
                -Josh
                1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
                My URL: https://www.facebook.com/jagray85

                XBOX: DarkerStars

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                • #9
                  i also have installed meida center 2005 on my laptop. It boots up aroun 15 seconds faster then windows xp pro. I got a question? what is a good tv tuner to use for the car? and what kind of radio tuner?

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                  • #10
                    The fastest boot time I can acheive so far with Media Center 05 is about 33 seconds. I'm using an MII 10000 EPIA with 256 meg of ram. It might be a smidge faster because I'm tracing the bootup with bootvis and its giving me the 33 seconds.

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                    • #11
                      I understand you can only buy this together with a PC. Is it availble in another way?
                      MII 6000; 256 MB; lilliput touchscreen; 40GB; bluetooth SE 68i; software still experimenting switched from mediacar to frodopayer, phonecontrol, destinator 3 (NM), and others.
                      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=31991

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                      • #12
                        does it have hibernation capabilities?
                        and what times can you get with that?
                        mobo $130 ; 150wOpus-$200 ; 256mb pc2700 -$10 ; 120gb HDD 7200-$70 ; Lilliput TS 7"-$265 ; USB LAN-Free AR ; Rikaline 6010 GPS-$34 ; ShuttleXpress-$37
                        Total = $746....Carputer = Priceless

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cadence117
                          does it have hibernation capabilities?
                          and what times can you get with that?
                          I haven't tried hibernation yet. But I'll try it in the next little while and let you know.

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                          • #14
                            I know it is also shipping as part of the usual Nov Action pack update subscription. I saw it listed when I was checking up when it would be shipping out...and BAM! OEM version of Windows XP Media Center 2005
                            "If it works this good why F with it?" -KMFDM "Intro"

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                            • #15
                              Is it touchscreen friendly? I wasn't too impressed with the last MCE in that respect.

                              Can you post a few screenshots of the music interface.

                              Thanks.
                              -TJ
                              Smart Playlists Plugin for RoadRunner
                              CarPC - 05 Acura TL Navi (pics soon)
                              Retired CarPC - 03 Infiniti Qx4

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