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    Man, thanks again .

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    I used the 2003 edition and it wasnt all that great, it was slow and really buggy. I posed about it a few months ago.
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    That looks so cool.

    Is it hard or expensive to get an MSDN license for one time thing like this? Any free student downloads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Custommx3
    I used the 2003 edition and it wasnt all that great, it was slow and really buggy. I posed about it a few months ago.
    You should try 2004. Much better...
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    Defiler -
    Where do you get the 2004 update for MCE? I have the older version...does it come through when I do the "normal" check for updates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arrosen
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    Where do you get the 2004 update for MCE? I have the older version...does it come through when I do the "normal" check for updates?
    Depends on where you got MCE. If you bought an MCE computer then contact the vendor and they will send you a CD with the update otherwise MSDN is the only other place I am aware of.

    BTW This site is a pretty good resource for MCE info.

    http://www.xpmce.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Defiler
    Depends on where you got MCE. If you bought an MCE computer then contact the vendor and they will send you a CD with the update otherwise MSDN is the only other place I am aware of.

    BTW This site is a pretty good resource for MCE info.

    http://www.xpmce.com
    Thanks for all the info Defiler. I got Media Center the other day as well, and I think it ROCKS (disclaimer: I work for Microsoft). The buttons are big and colorful and made to work at TV resolutions. The volume, as you mentioned, is going to be tricky with a touchscreen, so I'm a bit concerned about that, but I'll just have to see how it goes. In general though I love the UI. Buttons slide around and give you visual and audio feedback when you click them, etc. It has color depth settings for both TV and monitor. The whole package feels very sleek. At the moment I'm trying to get my bluetooth cell phone to work with its caller ID function. It has a notification system built in that pops up whenever you are getting a phone call. I got that to work, but my phone doesn't have true caller ID; it just identifies the number. So I am working on making a "fake modem" by emulating a serial port that will automatically keep my bluetooth modem connection alive (and poll for it when it's not there) and which will intercept the ring coming from my phone and turn it into the caller ID format. I think I'll have it finished by this weekend, and that will be pretty nice.

    There's also this site for more info: www.thegreenbutton.com
    Oh, and you can buy the REAL remote at www.newegg.com for about $30. Granted, it might be a bit cumbersome for the car, but cool nonetheless. With the exception of the volume controls being tricky (and I'll keep you posted on solutions to that), this is EXACTLY what I was looking for: An gorgeous touchscreen interface that is TV resolution (and small screen) friendly. For all of you techies out there, this might make the MSDN subscription worth it. (That, or finding a job at Microsoft )

    Oh, and one more thing: I'm running a Via EPIA M9000 with stock video, audio, etc. Granted I'm not using it for any movie playback, but the interface is a DirectX app, so I was initially bit concerned about graphics speed, but it seems to work just fine with the built-in hardware.

    Cheers,

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    Well, I installed MCE 2002 last night, and it looks just like Win XP (except that it says 'Media Center Edition' under the XP logo when it boots up)...no buttons, nothing special. Am I doing something wrong? Or should I wait until I can find a copy of MCE 2004?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arrosen
    Well, I installed MCE 2002 last night, and it looks just like Win XP (except that it says 'Media Center Edition' under the XP logo when it boots up)...no buttons, nothing special. Am I doing something wrong? Or should I wait until I can find a copy of MCE 2004?
    Do you mean the front end didn't load???

    Look under Start>All Programs>Accessories>Media Center.

    That should start it.

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    can you change the background and button images or do any other customization?

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