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    MediaEngine Official FAQ

    Since it seems I'm never going to have time to implement this on mediaengine.org, I thought I would start this thread out in hopes of reducing the number of times a week I have to answer the first FAQ entry alone.

    This thread used to be open to submissions, but I was forced to close it due to the number of off-topic subjects being posted. Aside from that, no-one save CarComp and myself were contributing, so I guess it's comes out a push.
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    I want to use multiple media folders, can I?

    Yes. If you're using Win2k or WinXP and have your media drives formatted with NTFS, you can use either of the following methods to allow you multiple folders for media.

    1) Use the Disk Management applet inside Computer Manager, and mount your drives inside an empty folder on another drive. Using this method you can have a single drive dedicated to one folder, and mount it inside a folder on a third drive, or your boot drive.

    2) Find and download a program called junction.exe from http://www.sysinternals.com and create hard links of folders (or files if you want).

    Those of you using Windows 98 / ME... for Pete's sake, upgrade!

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    I want to use MediaEngine to rip CDs, why don't you have this feature?

    Because we didn't feel it would be worth the effort when:

    a) MediaEngine can run external applications
    b) There are hundreds, if not thousands of CD ripping applications available for free

    We decided it was not worthwhile to put a pretty face on a function that other apps can do better and more efficiently than we can in VB.

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    Why won't / how do I make Media Engine close without shutting down Windows?

    In the default skin there is a close button in the top right hand corner of the main menu. If you're using the clean menu mode, just clicking in the top right corner will close M/E. Also, if your database is being rebuilt, you'll have to either wait until it completes, or click three (or maybe four) times quickly to force the program to unload.

    If you're using a custom skin it depends on where the button was placed by the skin's designer, and if there was a graphic assigned to it or not.

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    Winamp plays .xyz files, but they don't show up in MediaEngine?

    Try adding the file extension to the Supported File Types section in settings. You may also need to install the associated input plugin for Winamp. Usually that is as simple as copying the plugin dll into the plugins folder in your m/e program folder, but it may require other steps depending on the plugin.

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    Why can't I specify the root of a hard drive as the Media folder?

    When we first started writing MediaEngine, you could do this, but we found that people were specifying C:\ as the media folder, and that was causing MediaEngine to search through EVERYTHING (windows, temporary internet files, etc) for media files. This would cause MediaEngine to slow to a crawl and become unusable. Thus, we force the user to choose a directory that is at least one sub directory down from the root of any drive to avoid this issue.
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    Why, when I click the logo in the corner to "un-dim" the screen, it just re-dims it?

    Because you have automatic dimming turned on. If its past the specified night-time "time" in settings, it will keep the application dimmed no matter what. To disable this, un-check automatic dimming.
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    Movies won't play in MediaEngine, but they play in WMP / Winamp / etc.

    MediaEngine uses the OLD Windows Media Player (not 9.0) that comes default with Windows 2000 and WindowsXP. This player relies on codecs to work correctly. You must be sure to install the correct codecs to play media files such as DivX, MPEG4, VCD etc. To make your DVDs play, you have to install a 3rd party DVD player such as WinDVD so that the WinDVD codecs can be used by msdvdweb.dll in MediaEngine.
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    modDB.InitDB Errors, Program Spontaneously Closing at Startup

    There are two basic causes for errors like this:

    1) You have used nLite, XPLite, or some other utility to strip down windows, and have removed some components of ADO (microsoft's ActiveX Data Objects) or MDAC (Microsoft Data Access Components).

    2) Your jet (access database / .mdb) drivers are broken or missing. Consult the Microsoft Knowlege Base for a possible resolution.

    MediaEngine relies on these components to store a database of your media library.
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    Music not sorted alphabetically

    If you're using FAT32, windows feeds us the directory listings sorted by last modified date. To get your lists to sort by file / folder names enable the option 'Sort Directory Based Lists by Filename' in the 'Actions' tab in settings. In a future version I hope to be able to detect the filesystem in question to set this option automatically, but that's way down on the TODO list.
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