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Thread: Software Review: Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition!

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    Well this totally BLOOOOOWS!!!! I installed a FRESH install of Windows MCE 2005 (legit copy). I am running it on an AMD 900MHZ w/ 384MB memory. I have an older Nvidia GeForce 2 GTS 32MB AGP Video Card. I just purchased a retail Hauppage PVR 350. I've installed the card and all the software.. I try going into Media Center and right away I get:

    “Your Video Card or drivers are not compatible with Media Center."

    I've downloaded the latest Nvidia drivers to no avail.

    Then to make it even better I try to watch some videos I have and I get:

    “Your Video Card or drivers are not compatible with Media Center.” (right when I go into MCE)



    “Video Error”

    “Files needed to display video are not installed or not working correctly. Please restart Media Center and/or restart the computer."

    I've searched and searched.. It seems A LOT of people are having these problems but I haven't found a concrete solution yet. I've installed Win DVD6 so I have a codec.

    I'm extremely mad because with all this time spent and nothing freaking works!@!
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    did you install the latest Nvidia drivers or the latest Nvidia Windows media Center 2005 drivers?

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    Latest Nvidia MCE 2005 drivers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340
    Latest Nvidia MCE 2005 drivers.
    my guess it's your video card. It say's “Your Video Card or drivers are not compatible with Media Center." GeForce 2, 32 megs may not be enough. I use a GeForce 4, 128meg. Worked fine with 04 but all the menus seem to be lagging in 05. Not sure what the problem is with that.


    Do you have a newer card you could swap out with?

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    You need a card with 64Mb of memory and a particular set of acceleration capabilities.
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    What a freaking crock of crap.. I just bought a $180 tuner card and now I have to chuck out more loot for a better video card?

    I'm not so sure this is it.. I've seen on a board where my problem was asked and people posted your answer then someone else would follow up saying that their's is working with a 16MB video card or some crap like that..

    MSFT BLOWS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340
    MSFT BLOWS.
    It was never Microsoft's intention to let you install MCE on
    anything other than approved hardware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frodobaggins
    It was never Microsoft's intention to let you install MCE on
    anything other than approved hardware.
    Oh yea??

    Well you BLOW TOO!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340
    Oh yea??

    Well you BLOW TOO!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340
    Oh yea??

    Well you BLOW TOO!!
    man, what Fordo said is correct, MS would not sell it by itself due to the support headache, you have to have the right HW. You want MC, get an MC PC, MS IS NOT SELLING THE DAMN THING. The point is simple, Joe Schmow and his cousin Six Pack are not the target audience for MC, either you get it ready installed on a PC or hack your way but don't complain.
    For example, a previous poster indicated that he could not find drivers for his old card, that is exactly why MS is not selling it, they never advertised it or promoted as a stand-alone OS. That is why the damn thing is called Media Pc, got it

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