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MCE - TV plays 1 second then pauses 1/2 second, continuously

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Robert, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted it.

    Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    ------------------------------
    Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates, Pinnacle
    PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner), ATI Radeon
    HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB RAM,
    official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all current
    updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV card, the
    motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.

    The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that "Cyberlink
    Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on the list,
    but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    ------------------------------

    FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup TV
    signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select the "try
    again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work. I never
    plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be broken.

    SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second, then
    pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching TV through
    "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.

    This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup TV
    signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV was
    installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from DirecTV
    okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and it was
    there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE "setup TV
    signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not detected" - and I
    can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I tried a
    different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times, including
    after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now (after
    running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the pausing problem
    (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same problem).
    After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup saying I had an
    antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed. I still
    get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV tuner card,
    the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).

    Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR Blaster
    detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so I can
    record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware for
    updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October when I
    had a different problem.)

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses. I tried
    all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I still get the
    pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible decoders) the
    pausing is slightly different.

    "Robert" wrote:

    > This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted it.
    >
    > Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    > ------------------------------
    > Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates, Pinnacle
    > PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner), ATI Radeon
    > HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB RAM,
    > official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all current
    > updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV card, the
    > motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    >
    > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that "Cyberlink
    > Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    > compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on the list,
    > but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    > ------------------------------
    >
    > FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup TV
    > signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select the "try
    > again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work. I never
    > plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be broken.
    >
    > SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second, then
    > pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching TV through
    > "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.
    >
    > This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup TV
    > signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV was
    > installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from DirecTV
    > okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and it was
    > there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE "setup TV
    > signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not detected" - and I
    > can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I tried a
    > different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times, including
    > after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now (after
    > running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the pausing problem
    > (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same problem).
    > After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup saying I had an
    > antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed. I still
    > get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV tuner card,
    > the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    >
    > Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR Blaster
    > detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so I can
    > record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware for
    > updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October when I
    > had a different problem.)
    >
    > Thanks for any help.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
  3. Jaime

    Jaime Flightless Bird

    Robert,

    Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum decoder? It
    the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You can
    download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).

    It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it being a
    decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you have,
    probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum, sometimes
    multiple decoder can cause issues.
    --
    James
    Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida

    "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses. I tried
    > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I still get
    > the
    > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible decoders) the
    > pausing is slightly different.
    >
    > "Robert" wrote:
    >
    >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted it.
    >>
    >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    >> ------------------------------
    >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates, Pinnacle
    >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner), ATI
    >> Radeon
    >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB
    >> RAM,
    >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all
    >> current
    >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV card,
    >> the
    >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    >>
    >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that "Cyberlink
    >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on the
    >> list,
    >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    >> ------------------------------
    >>
    >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup TV
    >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select the "try
    >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work. I
    >> never
    >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be broken.
    >>
    >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second, then
    >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching TV
    >> through
    >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.
    >>
    >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup TV
    >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV was
    >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from DirecTV
    >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and it
    >> was
    >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE "setup TV
    >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not detected" - and
    >> I
    >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I tried
    >> a
    >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    >> including
    >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now (after
    >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the pausing
    >> problem
    >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same problem).
    >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup saying I
    >> had an
    >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed. I
    >> still
    >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV tuner
    >> card,
    >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    >>
    >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR Blaster
    >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so I can
    >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware for
    >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October when
    >> I
    >> had a different problem.)
    >>
    >> Thanks for any help.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
     
  4. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the ATI Radeon
    card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the websites I just
    visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder Platinum
    says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips (5
    different ones).


    "Jaime" wrote:

    > Robert,
    >
    > Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum decoder? It
    > the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You can
    > download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    >
    > It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it being a
    > decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you have,
    > probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum, sometimes
    > multiple decoder can cause issues.
    > --
    > James
    > Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >
    > "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    > > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses. I tried
    > > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I still get
    > > the
    > > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible decoders) the
    > > pausing is slightly different.
    > >
    > > "Robert" wrote:
    > >
    > >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted it.
    > >>
    > >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    > >> ------------------------------
    > >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates, Pinnacle
    > >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner), ATI
    > >> Radeon
    > >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB
    > >> RAM,
    > >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all
    > >> current
    > >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV card,
    > >> the
    > >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    > >>
    > >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that "Cyberlink
    > >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    > >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on the
    > >> list,
    > >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    > >> ------------------------------
    > >>
    > >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup TV
    > >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select the "try
    > >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work. I
    > >> never
    > >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be broken.
    > >>
    > >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second, then
    > >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching TV
    > >> through
    > >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.
    > >>
    > >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup TV
    > >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV was
    > >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from DirecTV
    > >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and it
    > >> was
    > >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE "setup TV
    > >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not detected" - and
    > >> I
    > >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I tried
    > >> a
    > >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    > >> including
    > >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now (after
    > >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the pausing
    > >> problem
    > >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same problem).
    > >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup saying I
    > >> had an
    > >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed. I
    > >> still
    > >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV tuner
    > >> card,
    > >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    > >>
    > >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR Blaster
    > >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so I can
    > >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware for
    > >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October when
    > >> I
    > >> had a different problem.)
    > >>
    > >> Thanks for any help.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>

    > .
    >
     
  5. Curious

    Curious Flightless Bird

    Well that’s in Error, the Nvida XP pure video decoder $20 version (I am not
    sure if that is the Platinum version) the most recommended decoder for both
    ATI and Neidia chips .

    "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the ATI Radeon
    > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the websites I
    > just
    > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder Platinum
    > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips (5
    > different ones).
    >
    >
    > "Jaime" wrote:
    >
    >> Robert,
    >>
    >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum decoder? It
    >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You can
    >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    >>
    >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it being a
    >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you have,
    >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum, sometimes
    >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    >> --
    >> James
    >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >>
    >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses. I
    >> > tried
    >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I still
    >> > get
    >> > the
    >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible decoders)
    >> > the
    >> > pausing is slightly different.
    >> >
    >> > "Robert" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted
    >> >> it.
    >> >>
    >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates,
    >> >> Pinnacle
    >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner), ATI
    >> >> Radeon
    >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB
    >> >> RAM,
    >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all
    >> >> current
    >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV
    >> >> card,
    >> >> the
    >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    >> >>
    >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that "Cyberlink
    >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on the
    >> >> list,
    >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >>
    >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup TV
    >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select the
    >> >> "try
    >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work. I
    >> >> never
    >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be
    >> >> broken.
    >> >>
    >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second, then
    >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching TV
    >> >> through
    >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.
    >> >>
    >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup TV
    >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV
    >> >> was
    >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from
    >> >> DirecTV
    >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and it
    >> >> was
    >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE "setup
    >> >> TV
    >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not detected" -
    >> >> and
    >> >> I
    >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I
    >> >> tried
    >> >> a
    >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    >> >> including
    >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now
    >> >> (after
    >> >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the pausing
    >> >> problem
    >> >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same
    >> >> problem).
    >> >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup saying I
    >> >> had an
    >> >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed. I
    >> >> still
    >> >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV
    >> >> tuner
    >> >> card,
    >> >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    >> >>
    >> >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR Blaster
    >> >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so I
    >> >> can
    >> >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware for
    >> >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October
    >> >> when
    >> >> I
    >> >> had a different problem.)
    >> >>
    >> >> Thanks for any help.
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>

    >> .
    >>
     
  6. Jaime

    Jaime Flightless Bird

    No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card you have.

    The page (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html) says
    "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the only
    requirements are:

    - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher for DVD
    Playback
    - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics processor, such as
    GeForce 7800 GTX.
    - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center and must
    meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo requirements

    It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to have the
    least trouble with with XP.
    --
    James
    Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida

    "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the ATI Radeon
    > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the websites I
    > just
    > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder Platinum
    > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips (5
    > different ones).
    >
    >
    > "Jaime" wrote:
    >
    >> Robert,
    >>
    >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum decoder? It
    >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You can
    >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    >>
    >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it being a
    >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you have,
    >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum, sometimes
    >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    >> --
    >> James
    >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >>
    >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses. I
    >> > tried
    >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I still
    >> > get
    >> > the
    >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible decoders)
    >> > the
    >> > pausing is slightly different.
    >> >
    >> > "Robert" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted
    >> >> it.
    >> >>
    >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates,
    >> >> Pinnacle
    >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner), ATI
    >> >> Radeon
    >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB
    >> >> RAM,
    >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all
    >> >> current
    >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV
    >> >> card,
    >> >> the
    >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    >> >>
    >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that "Cyberlink
    >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on the
    >> >> list,
    >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >>
    >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup TV
    >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select the
    >> >> "try
    >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work. I
    >> >> never
    >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be
    >> >> broken.
    >> >>
    >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second, then
    >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching TV
    >> >> through
    >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.
    >> >>
    >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup TV
    >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV
    >> >> was
    >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from
    >> >> DirecTV
    >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and it
    >> >> was
    >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE "setup
    >> >> TV
    >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not detected" -
    >> >> and
    >> >> I
    >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I
    >> >> tried
    >> >> a
    >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    >> >> including
    >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now
    >> >> (after
    >> >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the pausing
    >> >> problem
    >> >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same
    >> >> problem).
    >> >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup saying I
    >> >> had an
    >> >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed. I
    >> >> still
    >> >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV
    >> >> tuner
    >> >> card,
    >> >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    >> >>
    >> >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR Blaster
    >> >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so I
    >> >> can
    >> >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware for
    >> >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October
    >> >> when
    >> >> I
    >> >> had a different problem.)
    >> >>
    >> >> Thanks for any help.
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>

    >> .
    >>
     
  7. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it will work anyway
    (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded... installed.

    The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia is the preferred
    driver (I didn't have to change it).

    There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the idea.
    ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.

    BTW: Here's what the website says:
    The page at: http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    reads:
    -------------------------------
    System Requirements

    * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update Rollup2, Windows
    XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    ... (SNIP)

    Graphics Chips Supported

    * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    --------------------------------------


    "Jaime" wrote:

    > No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card you have.
    >
    > The page (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html) says
    > "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the only
    > requirements are:
    >
    > - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    > Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    > - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher for DVD
    > Playback
    > - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    > - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics processor, such as
    > GeForce 7800 GTX.
    > - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    > - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center and must
    > meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo requirements
    >
    > It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to have the
    > least trouble with with XP.
    > --
    > James
    > Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >
    > "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    > > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the ATI Radeon
    > > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the websites I
    > > just
    > > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder Platinum
    > > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips (5
    > > different ones).
    > >
    > >
    > > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Robert,
    > >>
    > >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum decoder? It
    > >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You can
    > >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    > >>
    > >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it being a
    > >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you have,
    > >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum, sometimes
    > >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    > >> --
    > >> James
    > >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >>
    > >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses. I
    > >> > tried
    > >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I still
    > >> > get
    > >> > the
    > >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible decoders)
    > >> > the
    > >> > pausing is slightly different.
    > >> >
    > >> > "Robert" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted
    > >> >> it.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    > >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates,
    > >> >> Pinnacle
    > >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner), ATI
    > >> >> Radeon
    > >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB
    > >> >> RAM,
    > >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all
    > >> >> current
    > >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV
    > >> >> card,
    > >> >> the
    > >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that "Cyberlink
    > >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    > >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on the
    > >> >> list,
    > >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    > >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >>
    > >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup TV
    > >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select the
    > >> >> "try
    > >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work. I
    > >> >> never
    > >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be
    > >> >> broken.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second, then
    > >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching TV
    > >> >> through
    > >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup TV
    > >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV
    > >> >> was
    > >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from
    > >> >> DirecTV
    > >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and it
    > >> >> was
    > >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE "setup
    > >> >> TV
    > >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not detected" -
    > >> >> and
    > >> >> I
    > >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I
    > >> >> tried
    > >> >> a
    > >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    > >> >> including
    > >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now
    > >> >> (after
    > >> >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the pausing
    > >> >> problem
    > >> >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same
    > >> >> problem).
    > >> >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup saying I
    > >> >> had an
    > >> >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed. I
    > >> >> still
    > >> >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV
    > >> >> tuner
    > >> >> card,
    > >> >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR Blaster
    > >> >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so I
    > >> >> can
    > >> >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware for
    > >> >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October
    > >> >> when
    > >> >> I
    > >> >> had a different problem.)
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Thanks for any help.
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> .
    > >>

    > .
    >
     
  8. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it will work anyway
    (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded... installed.

    The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility now reports NVidia is the
    preferred driver (I didn't have to change it).

    There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the idea.
    ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.

    BTW: Here's what the website says:
    The page at: http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    reads:
    -------------------------------
    System Requirements

    * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update Rollup2, Windows
    XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    ... (SNIP)

    Graphics Chips Supported

    * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    --------------------------------------


    "Jaime" wrote:

    > No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card you have.
    >
    > The page (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html) says
    > "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the only
    > requirements are:
    >
    > - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    > Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    > - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher for DVD
    > Playback
    > - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    > - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics processor, such as
    > GeForce 7800 GTX.
    > - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    > - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center and must
    > meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo requirements
    >
    > It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to have the
    > least trouble with with XP.
    > --
    > James
    > Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >
    > "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    > > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the ATI Radeon
    > > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the websites I
    > > just
    > > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder Platinum
    > > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips (5
    > > different ones).
    > >
    > >
    > > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Robert,
    > >>
    > >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum decoder? It
    > >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You can
    > >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    > >>
    > >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it being a
    > >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you have,
    > >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum, sometimes
    > >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    > >> --
    > >> James
    > >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >>
    > >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses. I
    > >> > tried
    > >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I still
    > >> > get
    > >> > the
    > >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible decoders)
    > >> > the
    > >> > pausing is slightly different.
    > >> >
    > >> > "Robert" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted
    > >> >> it.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    > >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates,
    > >> >> Pinnacle
    > >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner), ATI
    > >> >> Radeon
    > >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75 GB
    > >> >> RAM,
    > >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all
    > >> >> current
    > >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV
    > >> >> card,
    > >> >> the
    > >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that "Cyberlink
    > >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    > >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on the
    > >> >> list,
    > >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    > >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >>
    > >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup TV
    > >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select the
    > >> >> "try
    > >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work. I
    > >> >> never
    > >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be
    > >> >> broken.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second, then
    > >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching TV
    > >> >> through
    > >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup TV
    > >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV
    > >> >> was
    > >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from
    > >> >> DirecTV
    > >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and it
    > >> >> was
    > >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE "setup
    > >> >> TV
    > >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not detected" -
    > >> >> and
    > >> >> I
    > >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I
    > >> >> tried
    > >> >> a
    > >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    > >> >> including
    > >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now
    > >> >> (after
    > >> >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the pausing
    > >> >> problem
    > >> >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same
    > >> >> problem).
    > >> >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup saying I
    > >> >> had an
    > >> >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed. I
    > >> >> still
    > >> >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV
    > >> >> tuner
    > >> >> card,
    > >> >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR Blaster
    > >> >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so I
    > >> >> can
    > >> >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware for
    > >> >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October
    > >> >> when
    > >> >> I
    > >> >> had a different problem.)
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Thanks for any help.
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> >>
    > >> .
    > >>

    > .
    >
     
  9. Curious

    Curious Flightless Bird

    Robert,
    I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems after
    installing SP3.
    The following Bing search results may provide some help in resolving your
    problem.

    http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3+media+center&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n&sk=

    "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it will work anyway
    > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded... installed.
    >
    > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia is the
    > preferred
    > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    >
    > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the idea.
    > ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    >
    > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    > The page at: http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    > reads:
    > -------------------------------
    > System Requirements
    >
    > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update Rollup2,
    > Windows
    > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > ... (SNIP)
    >
    > Graphics Chips Supported
    >
    > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    > --------------------------------------
    >
    >
    > "Jaime" wrote:
    >
    >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card you have.
    >>
    >> The page (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html)
    >> says
    >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the only
    >> requirements are:
    >>
    >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    >> Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher for DVD
    >> Playback
    >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics processor, such
    >> as
    >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center and must
    >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo requirements
    >>
    >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to have the
    >> least trouble with with XP.
    >> --
    >> James
    >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >>
    >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the ATI
    >> > Radeon
    >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the websites
    >> > I
    >> > just
    >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder
    >> > Platinum
    >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips (5
    >> > different ones).
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Robert,
    >> >>
    >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum decoder?
    >> >> It
    >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You
    >> >> can
    >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    >> >>
    >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it
    >> >> being a
    >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you
    >> >> have,
    >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum, sometimes
    >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    >> >> --
    >> >> James
    >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >> >>
    >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses. I
    >> >> > tried
    >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I still
    >> >> > get
    >> >> > the
    >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible
    >> >> > decoders)
    >> >> > the
    >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    >> >> >
    >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted
    >> >> >> it.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates,
    >> >> >> Pinnacle
    >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner),
    >> >> >> ATI
    >> >> >> Radeon
    >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75
    >> >> >> GB
    >> >> >> RAM,
    >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all
    >> >> >> current
    >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV
    >> >> >> card,
    >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that
    >> >> >> "Cyberlink
    >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on
    >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> list,
    >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup
    >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select
    >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> "try
    >> >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work.
    >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> never
    >> >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be
    >> >> >> broken.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second,
    >> >> >> then
    >> >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching
    >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> through
    >> >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup
    >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV
    >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from
    >> >> >> DirecTV
    >> >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and
    >> >> >> it
    >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE
    >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not
    >> >> >> detected" -
    >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I
    >> >> >> tried
    >> >> >> a
    >> >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    >> >> >> including
    >> >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now
    >> >> >> (after
    >> >> >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the
    >> >> >> pausing
    >> >> >> problem
    >> >> >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same
    >> >> >> problem).
    >> >> >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup
    >> >> >> saying I
    >> >> >> had an
    >> >> >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed.
    >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> still
    >> >> >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV
    >> >> >> tuner
    >> >> >> card,
    >> >> >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR
    >> >> >> Blaster
    >> >> >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so
    >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> can
    >> >> >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware
    >> >> >> for
    >> >> >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October
    >> >> >> when
    >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> had a different problem.)
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> Thanks for any help.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >>
    >> >> .
    >> >>

    >> .
    >>
     
  10. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    Several years? You actually used Vista? Or Linux... I hear Windows 7 is
    great.
    In my experience SP3 is the best O/S MS has had. I will try the search you
    suggested.

    "Curious" wrote:

    > Robert,
    > I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    > However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems after
    > installing SP3.
    > The following Bing search results may provide some help in resolving your
    > problem.
    >
    > http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3+media+center&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n&sk=
    >
     
  11. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    I just read several of the links, and did two more searchs adding "IR
    hardware not detected" and "skipping." The extra searches match nothing
    relevant.
    The links mention problems with using SP3 with MCE 2002 (I have 2005),
    and with going from SP1 to SP3, skipping SP2. I had SP2 before. One of the
    links is a Microsoft website, they note these issues, and none others with
    SP3 w/Media Center. Also, I have used SP3 w/Media for several months with
    not problems.

    "Curious" wrote:

    > Robert,
    > I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    > However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems after
    > installing SP3.
    > The following Bing search results may provide some help in resolving your
    > problem.
    >
    > http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3+media+center&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n&sk=
    >
    > "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    > > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it will work anyway
    > > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded... installed.
    > >
    > > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia is the
    > > preferred
    > > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    > >
    > > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the idea.
    > > ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    > >
    > > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    > > The page at: http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    > > reads:
    > > -------------------------------
    > > System Requirements
    > >
    > > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update Rollup2,
    > > Windows
    > > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > > ... (SNIP)
    > >
    > > Graphics Chips Supported
    > >
    > > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    > > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    > > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    > > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    > > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    > > --------------------------------------
    > >
    > >
    > > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >
    > >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card you have.
    > >>
    > >> The page (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html)
    > >> says
    > >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the only
    > >> requirements are:
    > >>
    > >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    > >> Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    > >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher for DVD
    > >> Playback
    > >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    > >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics processor, such
    > >> as
    > >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    > >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    > >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center and must
    > >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo requirements
    > >>
    > >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to have the
    > >> least trouble with with XP.
    > >> --
    > >> James
    > >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >>
    > >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the ATI
    > >> > Radeon
    > >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the websites
    > >> > I
    > >> > just
    > >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder
    > >> > Platinum
    > >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips (5
    > >> > different ones).
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> Robert,
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum decoder?
    > >> >> It
    > >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You
    > >> >> can
    > >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    > >> >>
    > >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it
    > >> >> being a
    > >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you
    > >> >> have,
    > >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum, sometimes
    > >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    > >> >> --
    > >> >> James
    > >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses. I
    > >> >> > tried
    > >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I still
    > >> >> > get
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible
    > >> >> > decoders)
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross posted
    > >> >> >> it.
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    > >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates,
    > >> >> >> Pinnacle
    > >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner),
    > >> >> >> ATI
    > >> >> >> Radeon
    > >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz, 1.75
    > >> >> >> GB
    > >> >> >> RAM,
    > >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has all
    > >> >> >> current
    > >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI TV
    > >> >> >> card,
    > >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that
    > >> >> >> "Cyberlink
    > >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred," "MCE
    > >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on
    > >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> list,
    > >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    > >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE "setup
    > >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select
    > >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> "try
    > >> >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor work.
    > >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> never
    > >> >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be
    > >> >> >> broken.
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1 second,
    > >> >> >> then
    > >> >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency. Watching
    > >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> through
    > >> >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works PERFECTLY.
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE "setup
    > >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After DirectTV
    > >> >> >> was
    > >> >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from
    > >> >> >> DirecTV
    > >> >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4, and
    > >> >> >> it
    > >> >> >> was
    > >> >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE
    > >> >> >> "setup
    > >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not
    > >> >> >> detected" -
    > >> >> >> and
    > >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port, and I
    > >> >> >> tried
    > >> >> >> a
    > >> >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    > >> >> >> including
    > >> >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now
    > >> >> >> (after
    > >> >> >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the
    > >> >> >> pausing
    > >> >> >> problem
    > >> >> >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same
    > >> >> >> problem).
    > >> >> >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup
    > >> >> >> saying I
    > >> >> >> had an
    > >> >> >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup completed.
    > >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> still
    > >> >> >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the TV
    > >> >> >> tuner
    > >> >> >> card,
    > >> >> >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR
    > >> >> >> Blaster
    > >> >> >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box, so
    > >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> can
    > >> >> >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed drivers/firmware
    > >> >> >> for
    > >> >> >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past October
    > >> >> >> when
    > >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> had a different problem.)
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> Thanks for any help.
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> .
    > >> >>
    > >> .
    > >>

    > .
    >
     
  12. Curious

    Curious Flightless Bird

    MCE2005 is based on XP Pro 2002 and what you have is MCE2005 running on a
    modified XP Pro OS 2002 SP3 system.
    I understand that you had no problems until you tried to reset up your
    system for a direct TV STB from using cable.
    Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable STB?
    If not I suspect I a hardware problem with the IR receiver unit or it's
    driver?

    "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D9952182-CE37-47F1-96B8-25F7F1E25F94@microsoft.com...
    > I just read several of the links, and did two more searchs adding "IR
    > hardware not detected" and "skipping." The extra searches match nothing
    > relevant.
    > The links mention problems with using SP3 with MCE 2002 (I have 2005),
    > and with going from SP1 to SP3, skipping SP2. I had SP2 before. One of
    > the
    > links is a Microsoft website, they note these issues, and none others with
    > SP3 w/Media Center. Also, I have used SP3 w/Media for several months with
    > not problems.
    >
    > "Curious" wrote:
    >
    >> Robert,
    >> I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    >> However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems after
    >> installing SP3.
    >> The following Bing search results may provide some help in resolving your
    >> problem.
    >>
    >> http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3+media+center&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n&sk=
    >>
    >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    >> > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it will work
    >> > anyway
    >> > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded... installed.
    >> >
    >> > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia is the
    >> > preferred
    >> > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    >> >
    >> > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the idea.
    >> > ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    >> >
    >> > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    >> > The page at:
    >> > http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    >> > reads:
    >> > -------------------------------
    >> > System Requirements
    >> >
    >> > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update Rollup2,
    >> > Windows
    >> > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    >> > ... (SNIP)
    >> >
    >> > Graphics Chips Supported
    >> >
    >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    >> > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    >> > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    >> > --------------------------------------
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card you
    >> >> have.
    >> >>
    >> >> The page
    >> >> (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html)
    >> >> says
    >> >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the only
    >> >> requirements are:
    >> >>
    >> >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    >> >> Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    >> >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    >> >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher for DVD
    >> >> Playback
    >> >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    >> >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics processor,
    >> >> such
    >> >> as
    >> >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    >> >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    >> >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center and
    >> >> must
    >> >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo
    >> >> requirements
    >> >>
    >> >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to have
    >> >> the
    >> >> least trouble with with XP.
    >> >> --
    >> >> James
    >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >> >>
    >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    >> >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the ATI
    >> >> > Radeon
    >> >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the
    >> >> > websites
    >> >> > I
    >> >> > just
    >> >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder
    >> >> > Platinum
    >> >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips
    >> >> > (5
    >> >> > different ones).
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    >> >> >
    >> >> >> Robert,
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum
    >> >> >> decoder?
    >> >> >> It
    >> >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You
    >> >> >> can
    >> >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it
    >> >> >> being a
    >> >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you
    >> >> >> have,
    >> >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum,
    >> >> >> sometimes
    >> >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> James
    >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses.
    >> >> >> > I
    >> >> >> > tried
    >> >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I
    >> >> >> > still
    >> >> >> > get
    >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible
    >> >> >> > decoders)
    >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross
    >> >> >> >> posted
    >> >> >> >> it.
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates,
    >> >> >> >> Pinnacle
    >> >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner),
    >> >> >> >> ATI
    >> >> >> >> Radeon
    >> >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz,
    >> >> >> >> 1.75
    >> >> >> >> GB
    >> >> >> >> RAM,
    >> >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has
    >> >> >> >> all
    >> >> >> >> current
    >> >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI
    >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> card,
    >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that
    >> >> >> >> "Cyberlink
    >> >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred,"
    >> >> >> >> "MCE
    >> >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on
    >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> list,
    >> >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE
    >> >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select
    >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> "try
    >> >> >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor
    >> >> >> >> work.
    >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> never
    >> >> >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be
    >> >> >> >> broken.
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1
    >> >> >> >> second,
    >> >> >> >> then
    >> >> >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency.
    >> >> >> >> Watching
    >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> through
    >> >> >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works
    >> >> >> >> PERFECTLY.
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE
    >> >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After
    >> >> >> >> DirectTV
    >> >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from
    >> >> >> >> DirecTV
    >> >> >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4,
    >> >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> >> it
    >> >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE
    >> >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not
    >> >> >> >> detected" -
    >> >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port,
    >> >> >> >> and I
    >> >> >> >> tried
    >> >> >> >> a
    >> >> >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    >> >> >> >> including
    >> >> >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now
    >> >> >> >> (after
    >> >> >> >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the
    >> >> >> >> pausing
    >> >> >> >> problem
    >> >> >> >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same
    >> >> >> >> problem).
    >> >> >> >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup
    >> >> >> >> saying I
    >> >> >> >> had an
    >> >> >> >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup
    >> >> >> >> completed.
    >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> still
    >> >> >> >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the
    >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> tuner
    >> >> >> >> card,
    >> >> >> >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR
    >> >> >> >> Blaster
    >> >> >> >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box,
    >> >> >> >> so
    >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> can
    >> >> >> >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed
    >> >> >> >> drivers/firmware
    >> >> >> >> for
    >> >> >> >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past
    >> >> >> >> October
    >> >> >> >> when
    >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> had a different problem.)
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> Thanks for any help.
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> .
    >> >> >>
    >> >> .
    >> >>

    >> .
    >>
     
  13. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    Does STB = Set Top Box? (I looked it up w/Google.)
    What does this mean "> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable STB?"
    Two set top box's? I wasn't using any. I had cable, and watched TV with
    Media Center. (The movie channels I subscribed to weren't scrambled, and I
    didn't have a box. I don't know how the cable company did that.) I was using
    the IR receiver, not the blaster. The IR receiver plugs into a USB port. As
    I said, the IR receiver still works, as I can select "try again" (to detect
    "IR hardware") WITH THE REMOTE. I never needed the IR blaster before - it
    was still in it's sealed package in the box. It is simple - a wire with the
    emitter in a little box (it's the "official" MCE one found in Google images).

    The links I read distinguished MCE 2002 and MCE 2005, saying the problem
    was just with MCE 2002; and a different problem w/MCE 2005 if you skipped SP2
    and did SP1->SP3.


    "Curious" wrote:

    > MCE2005 is based on XP Pro 2002 and what you have is MCE2005 running on a
    > modified XP Pro OS 2002 SP3 system.
    > I understand that you had no problems until you tried to reset up your
    > system for a direct TV STB from using cable.
    > Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable STB?
    > If not I suspect I a hardware problem with the IR receiver unit or it's
    > driver?
    >
    > "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:D9952182-CE37-47F1-96B8-25F7F1E25F94@microsoft.com...
    > > I just read several of the links, and did two more searchs adding "IR
    > > hardware not detected" and "skipping." The extra searches match nothing
    > > relevant.
    > > The links mention problems with using SP3 with MCE 2002 (I have 2005),
    > > and with going from SP1 to SP3, skipping SP2. I had SP2 before. One of
    > > the
    > > links is a Microsoft website, they note these issues, and none others with
    > > SP3 w/Media Center. Also, I have used SP3 w/Media for several months with
    > > not problems.
    > >
    > > "Curious" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Robert,
    > >> I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    > >> However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems after
    > >> installing SP3.
    > >> The following Bing search results may provide some help in resolving your
    > >> problem.
    > >>
    > >> http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3+media+center&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n&sk=
    > >>
    > >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it will work
    > >> > anyway
    > >> > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded... installed.
    > >> >
    > >> > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia is the
    > >> > preferred
    > >> > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    > >> >
    > >> > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the idea.
    > >> > ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    > >> >
    > >> > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    > >> > The page at:
    > >> > http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    > >> > reads:
    > >> > -------------------------------
    > >> > System Requirements
    > >> >
    > >> > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update Rollup2,
    > >> > Windows
    > >> > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > >> > ... (SNIP)
    > >> >
    > >> > Graphics Chips Supported
    > >> >
    > >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    > >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    > >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    > >> > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    > >> > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    > >> > --------------------------------------
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card you
    > >> >> have.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> The page
    > >> >> (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html)
    > >> >> says
    > >> >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the only
    > >> >> requirements are:
    > >> >>
    > >> >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    > >> >> Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > >> >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    > >> >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher for DVD
    > >> >> Playback
    > >> >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    > >> >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics processor,
    > >> >> such
    > >> >> as
    > >> >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    > >> >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    > >> >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center and
    > >> >> must
    > >> >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo
    > >> >> requirements
    > >> >>
    > >> >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to have
    > >> >> the
    > >> >> least trouble with with XP.
    > >> >> --
    > >> >> James
    > >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the ATI
    > >> >> > Radeon
    > >> >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the
    > >> >> > websites
    > >> >> > I
    > >> >> > just
    > >> >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder
    > >> >> > Platinum
    > >> >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics chips
    > >> >> > (5
    > >> >> > different ones).
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >> Robert,
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum
    > >> >> >> decoder?
    > >> >> >> It
    > >> >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC. You
    > >> >> >> can
    > >> >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of it
    > >> >> >> being a
    > >> >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder you
    > >> >> >> have,
    > >> >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum,
    > >> >> >> sometimes
    > >> >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    > >> >> >> --
    > >> >> >> James
    > >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the pauses.
    > >> >> >> > I
    > >> >> >> > tried
    > >> >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I
    > >> >> >> > still
    > >> >> >> > get
    > >> >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible
    > >> >> >> > decoders)
    > >> >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross
    > >> >> >> >> posted
    > >> >> >> >> it.
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    > >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current updates,
    > >> >> >> >> Pinnacle
    > >> >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite tuner),
    > >> >> >> >> ATI
    > >> >> >> >> Radeon
    > >> >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz,
    > >> >> >> >> 1.75
    > >> >> >> >> GB
    > >> >> >> >> RAM,
    > >> >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE has
    > >> >> >> >> all
    > >> >> >> >> current
    > >> >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the PCI
    > >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> card,
    > >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that
    > >> >> >> >> "Cyberlink
    > >> >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred,"
    > >> >> >> >> "MCE
    > >> >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others on
    > >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> list,
    > >> >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    > >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE
    > >> >> >> >> "setup
    > >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can select
    > >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> "try
    > >> >> >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor
    > >> >> >> >> work.
    > >> >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> >> never
    > >> >> >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't be
    > >> >> >> >> broken.
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1
    > >> >> >> >> second,
    > >> >> >> >> then
    > >> >> >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency.
    > >> >> >> >> Watching
    > >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> through
    > >> >> >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works
    > >> >> >> >> PERFECTLY.
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE
    > >> >> >> >> "setup
    > >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After
    > >> >> >> >> DirectTV
    > >> >> >> >> was
    > >> >> >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV from
    > >> >> >> >> DirecTV
    > >> >> >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel 4,
    > >> >> >> >> and
    > >> >> >> >> it
    > >> >> >> >> was
    > >> >> >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE
    > >> >> >> >> "setup
    > >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not
    > >> >> >> >> detected" -
    > >> >> >> >> and
    > >> >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port,
    > >> >> >> >> and I
    > >> >> >> >> tried
    > >> >> >> >> a
    > >> >> >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several times,
    > >> >> >> >> including
    > >> >> >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer. Now
    > >> >> >> >> (after
    > >> >> >> >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the
    > >> >> >> >> pausing
    > >> >> >> >> problem
    > >> >> >> >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the same
    > >> >> >> >> problem).
    > >> >> >> >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup
    > >> >> >> >> saying I
    > >> >> >> >> had an
    > >> >> >> >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup
    > >> >> >> >> completed.
    > >> >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> >> still
    > >> >> >> >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with the
    > >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> tuner
    > >> >> >> >> card,
    > >> >> >> >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the IR
    > >> >> >> >> Blaster
    > >> >> >> >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV box,
    > >> >> >> >> so
    > >> >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> >> can
    > >> >> >> >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed
    > >> >> >> >> drivers/firmware
    > >> >> >> >> for
    > >> >> >> >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past
    > >> >> >> >> October
    > >> >> >> >> when
    > >> >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> >> had a different problem.)
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> Thanks for any help.
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> .
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> .
    > >> >>
    > >> .
    > >>

    > .
    >
     
  14. Curious

    Curious Flightless Bird

    Yes STB stands for Set Top Box
    Since all transmissions from DirecTV are encrypted and there is no tuner
    card available for a PC that will receive DirecTV transmissions. MC is
    assuming that when you say that DirecTV is your source that you are using a
    DirecTV STB which is why it is looking for an IR blaster to control a
    directTV STB.
    DirecTV did have a project to develop a PC based tuner card for Windows but
    they cancelled the project over a year ago.

    "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1632CFB5-24A2-47B0-9EF5-F0AC576C35D4@microsoft.com...
    > Does STB = Set Top Box? (I looked it up w/Google.)
    > What does this mean "> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable
    > STB?"
    > Two set top box's? I wasn't using any. I had cable, and watched TV with
    > Media Center. (The movie channels I subscribed to weren't scrambled, and
    > I
    > didn't have a box. I don't know how the cable company did that.) I was
    > using
    > the IR receiver, not the blaster. The IR receiver plugs into a USB port.
    > As
    > I said, the IR receiver still works, as I can select "try again" (to
    > detect
    > "IR hardware") WITH THE REMOTE. I never needed the IR blaster before - it
    > was still in it's sealed package in the box. It is simple - a wire with
    > the
    > emitter in a little box (it's the "official" MCE one found in Google
    > images).
    >
    > The links I read distinguished MCE 2002 and MCE 2005, saying the problem
    > was just with MCE 2002; and a different problem w/MCE 2005 if you skipped
    > SP2
    > and did SP1->SP3.
    >
    >
    > "Curious" wrote:
    >
    >> MCE2005 is based on XP Pro 2002 and what you have is MCE2005 running on a
    >> modified XP Pro OS 2002 SP3 system.
    >> I understand that you had no problems until you tried to reset up your
    >> system for a direct TV STB from using cable.
    >> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable STB?
    >> If not I suspect I a hardware problem with the IR receiver unit or it's
    >> driver?
    >>
    >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:D9952182-CE37-47F1-96B8-25F7F1E25F94@microsoft.com...
    >> > I just read several of the links, and did two more searchs adding "IR
    >> > hardware not detected" and "skipping." The extra searches match
    >> > nothing
    >> > relevant.
    >> > The links mention problems with using SP3 with MCE 2002 (I have
    >> > 2005),
    >> > and with going from SP1 to SP3, skipping SP2. I had SP2 before. One
    >> > of
    >> > the
    >> > links is a Microsoft website, they note these issues, and none others
    >> > with
    >> > SP3 w/Media Center. Also, I have used SP3 w/Media for several months
    >> > with
    >> > not problems.
    >> >
    >> > "Curious" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Robert,
    >> >> I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    >> >> However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems after
    >> >> installing SP3.
    >> >> The following Bing search results may provide some help in resolving
    >> >> your
    >> >> problem.
    >> >>
    >> >> http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3+media+center&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n&sk=
    >> >>
    >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    >> >> > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it will work
    >> >> > anyway
    >> >> > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded... installed.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia is the
    >> >> > preferred
    >> >> > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    >> >> >
    >> >> > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the idea.
    >> >> > ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    >> >> > The page at:
    >> >> > http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    >> >> > reads:
    >> >> > -------------------------------
    >> >> > System Requirements
    >> >> >
    >> >> > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update Rollup2,
    >> >> > Windows
    >> >> > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    >> >> > ... (SNIP)
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Graphics Chips Supported
    >> >> >
    >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    >> >> > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    >> >> > --------------------------------------
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    >> >> >
    >> >> >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card you
    >> >> >> have.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> The page
    >> >> >> (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html)
    >> >> >> says
    >> >> >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the only
    >> >> >> requirements are:
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    >> >> >> Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    >> >> >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    >> >> >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher for
    >> >> >> DVD
    >> >> >> Playback
    >> >> >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    >> >> >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics
    >> >> >> processor,
    >> >> >> such
    >> >> >> as
    >> >> >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    >> >> >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    >> >> >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center
    >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> must
    >> >> >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo
    >> >> >> requirements
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to
    >> >> >> have
    >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> least trouble with with XP.
    >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> James
    >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the
    >> >> >> > ATI
    >> >> >> > Radeon
    >> >> >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the
    >> >> >> > websites
    >> >> >> > I
    >> >> >> > just
    >> >> >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder
    >> >> >> > Platinum
    >> >> >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics
    >> >> >> > chips
    >> >> >> > (5
    >> >> >> > different ones).
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> Robert,
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum
    >> >> >> >> decoder?
    >> >> >> >> It
    >> >> >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC.
    >> >> >> >> You
    >> >> >> >> can
    >> >> >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of
    >> >> >> >> it
    >> >> >> >> being a
    >> >> >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder
    >> >> >> >> you
    >> >> >> >> have,
    >> >> >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum,
    >> >> >> >> sometimes
    >> >> >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    >> >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> >> James
    >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the
    >> >> >> >> > pauses.
    >> >> >> >> > I
    >> >> >> >> > tried
    >> >> >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I
    >> >> >> >> > still
    >> >> >> >> > get
    >> >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible
    >> >> >> >> > decoders)
    >> >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross
    >> >> >> >> >> posted
    >> >> >> >> >> it.
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current
    >> >> >> >> >> updates,
    >> >> >> >> >> Pinnacle
    >> >> >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite
    >> >> >> >> >> tuner),
    >> >> >> >> >> ATI
    >> >> >> >> >> Radeon
    >> >> >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5
    >> >> >> >> >> GHz,
    >> >> >> >> >> 1.75
    >> >> >> >> >> GB
    >> >> >> >> >> RAM,
    >> >> >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> has
    >> >> >> >> >> all
    >> >> >> >> >> current
    >> >> >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the
    >> >> >> >> >> PCI
    >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> card,
    >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that
    >> >> >> >> >> "Cyberlink
    >> >> >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred,"
    >> >> >> >> >> "MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others
    >> >> >> >> >> on
    >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> list,
    >> >> >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can
    >> >> >> >> >> select
    >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> "try
    >> >> >> >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor
    >> >> >> >> >> work.
    >> >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> >> never
    >> >> >> >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't
    >> >> >> >> >> be
    >> >> >> >> >> broken.
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1
    >> >> >> >> >> second,
    >> >> >> >> >> then
    >> >> >> >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency.
    >> >> >> >> >> Watching
    >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> through
    >> >> >> >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works
    >> >> >> >> >> PERFECTLY.
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After
    >> >> >> >> >> DirectTV
    >> >> >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV
    >> >> >> >> >> from
    >> >> >> >> >> DirecTV
    >> >> >> >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel
    >> >> >> >> >> 4,
    >> >> >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> >> >> it
    >> >> >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not
    >> >> >> >> >> detected" -
    >> >> >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port,
    >> >> >> >> >> and I
    >> >> >> >> >> tried
    >> >> >> >> >> a
    >> >> >> >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several
    >> >> >> >> >> times,
    >> >> >> >> >> including
    >> >> >> >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer.
    >> >> >> >> >> Now
    >> >> >> >> >> (after
    >> >> >> >> >> running "setup TV signal") when I go to channel 4, I get the
    >> >> >> >> >> pausing
    >> >> >> >> >> problem
    >> >> >> >> >> (I tried setting the DirecTV box to channel 3 - I get the
    >> >> >> >> >> same
    >> >> >> >> >> problem).
    >> >> >> >> >> After several failed attempts to run setup, I re-ran MC setup
    >> >> >> >> >> saying I
    >> >> >> >> >> had an
    >> >> >> >> >> antenna (so it wouldn't need the IR Blaster), and setup
    >> >> >> >> >> completed.
    >> >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> >> still
    >> >> >> >> >> get the pausing. When I use "TVCenter Pro" that came with
    >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> tuner
    >> >> >> >> >> card,
    >> >> >> >> >> the TV plays perfectly (Media Center is not running).
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> Somehow, running MC setup broke MC. I also need to get the
    >> >> >> >> >> IR
    >> >> >> >> >> Blaster
    >> >> >> >> >> detected, so I can use MC to change channels on the DirecTV
    >> >> >> >> >> box,
    >> >> >> >> >> so
    >> >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> >> can
    >> >> >> >> >> record shows in one step. (I checked the listed
    >> >> >> >> >> drivers/firmware
    >> >> >> >> >> for
    >> >> >> >> >> updates. There aren't any. I last updated them this past
    >> >> >> >> >> October
    >> >> >> >> >> when
    >> >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> >> had a different problem.)
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> Thanks for any help.
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> .
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> .
    >> >> >>
    >> >> .
    >> >>

    >> .
    >>
     
  15. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    Media Center wants the IR Blaster so it can change the channel on the STB,
    which I also want it to do, so I don't have to program everything twice. I
    am familiar that. I am familiar with the fact that DirecTV canceled it's
    HDPC-20 tuner that would have worked directly with Media Center.
    Do you have any ideas why I'm getting the pausing, or the "IR hardware
    not detected" error?



    "Curious" wrote:

    > Yes STB stands for Set Top Box
    > Since all transmissions from DirecTV are encrypted and there is no tuner
    > card available for a PC that will receive DirecTV transmissions. MC is
    > assuming that when you say that DirecTV is your source that you are using a
    > DirecTV STB which is why it is looking for an IR blaster to control a
    > directTV STB.
    > DirecTV did have a project to develop a PC based tuner card for Windows but
    > they cancelled the project over a year ago.
    >
    > "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:1632CFB5-24A2-47B0-9EF5-F0AC576C35D4@microsoft.com...
    > > Does STB = Set Top Box? (I looked it up w/Google.)
    > > What does this mean "> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable
    > > STB?"
    > > Two set top box's? I wasn't using any. I had cable, and watched TV with
    > > Media Center. (The movie channels I subscribed to weren't scrambled, and
    > > I
    > > didn't have a box. I don't know how the cable company did that.) I was
    > > using
    > > the IR receiver, not the blaster. The IR receiver plugs into a USB port.
    > > As
    > > I said, the IR receiver still works, as I can select "try again" (to
    > > detect
    > > "IR hardware") WITH THE REMOTE. I never needed the IR blaster before - it
    > > was still in it's sealed package in the box. It is simple - a wire with
    > > the
    > > emitter in a little box (it's the "official" MCE one found in Google
    > > images).
    > >
    > > The links I read distinguished MCE 2002 and MCE 2005, saying the problem
    > > was just with MCE 2002; and a different problem w/MCE 2005 if you skipped
    > > SP2
    > > and did SP1->SP3.
    > >
    > >
    > > "Curious" wrote:
    > >
    > >> MCE2005 is based on XP Pro 2002 and what you have is MCE2005 running on a
    > >> modified XP Pro OS 2002 SP3 system.
    > >> I understand that you had no problems until you tried to reset up your
    > >> system for a direct TV STB from using cable.
    > >> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable STB?
    > >> If not I suspect I a hardware problem with the IR receiver unit or it's
    > >> driver?
    > >>
    > >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:D9952182-CE37-47F1-96B8-25F7F1E25F94@microsoft.com...
    > >> > I just read several of the links, and did two more searchs adding "IR
    > >> > hardware not detected" and "skipping." The extra searches match
    > >> > nothing
    > >> > relevant.
    > >> > The links mention problems with using SP3 with MCE 2002 (I have
    > >> > 2005),
    > >> > and with going from SP1 to SP3, skipping SP2. I had SP2 before. One
    > >> > of
    > >> > the
    > >> > links is a Microsoft website, they note these issues, and none others
    > >> > with
    > >> > SP3 w/Media Center. Also, I have used SP3 w/Media for several months
    > >> > with
    > >> > not problems.
    > >> >
    > >> > "Curious" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> Robert,
    > >> >> I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    > >> >> However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems after
    > >> >> installing SP3.
    > >> >> The following Bing search results may provide some help in resolving
    > >> >> your
    > >> >> problem.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3+media+center&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n&sk=
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it will work
    > >> >> > anyway
    > >> >> > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded... installed.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia is the
    > >> >> > preferred
    > >> >> > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the idea.
    > >> >> > ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    > >> >> > The page at:
    > >> >> > http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    > >> >> > reads:
    > >> >> > -------------------------------
    > >> >> > System Requirements
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update Rollup2,
    > >> >> > Windows
    > >> >> > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > >> >> > ... (SNIP)
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Graphics Chips Supported
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    > >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    > >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    > >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    > >> >> > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    > >> >> > --------------------------------------
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card you
    > >> >> >> have.
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> The page
    > >> >> >> (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html)
    > >> >> >> says
    > >> >> >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the only
    > >> >> >> requirements are:
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    > >> >> >> Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > >> >> >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    > >> >> >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher for
    > >> >> >> DVD
    > >> >> >> Playback
    > >> >> >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    > >> >> >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics
    > >> >> >> processor,
    > >> >> >> such
    > >> >> >> as
    > >> >> >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    > >> >> >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    > >> >> >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center
    > >> >> >> and
    > >> >> >> must
    > >> >> >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo
    > >> >> >> requirements
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to
    > >> >> >> have
    > >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> least trouble with with XP.
    > >> >> >> --
    > >> >> >> James
    > >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the
    > >> >> >> > ATI
    > >> >> >> > Radeon
    > >> >> >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the
    > >> >> >> > websites
    > >> >> >> > I
    > >> >> >> > just
    > >> >> >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder
    > >> >> >> > Platinum
    > >> >> >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics
    > >> >> >> > chips
    > >> >> >> > (5
    > >> >> >> > different ones).
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> Robert,
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum
    > >> >> >> >> decoder?
    > >> >> >> >> It
    > >> >> >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of MC.
    > >> >> >> >> You
    > >> >> >> >> can
    > >> >> >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small) of
    > >> >> >> >> it
    > >> >> >> >> being a
    > >> >> >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder
    > >> >> >> >> you
    > >> >> >> >> have,
    > >> >> >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum,
    > >> >> >> >> sometimes
    > >> >> >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    > >> >> >> >> --
    > >> >> >> >> James
    > >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the
    > >> >> >> >> > pauses.
    > >> >> >> >> > I
    > >> >> >> >> > tried
    > >> >> >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above), and I
    > >> >> >> >> > still
    > >> >> >> >> > get
    > >> >> >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible
    > >> >> >> >> > decoders)
    > >> >> >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    > >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    > >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I cross
    > >> >> >> >> >> posted
    > >> >> >> >> >> it.
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    > >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current
    > >> >> >> >> >> updates,
    > >> >> >> >> >> Pinnacle
    > >> >> >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite
    > >> >> >> >> >> tuner),
    > >> >> >> >> >> ATI
    > >> >> >> >> >> Radeon
    > >> >> >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5
    > >> >> >> >> >> GHz,
    > >> >> >> >> >> 1.75
    > >> >> >> >> >> GB
    > >> >> >> >> >> RAM,
    > >> >> >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE
    > >> >> >> >> >> has
    > >> >> >> >> >> all
    > >> >> >> >> >> current
    > >> >> >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for the
    > >> >> >> >> >> PCI
    > >> >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> >> card,
    > >> >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that
    > >> >> >> >> >> "Cyberlink
    > >> >> >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as "preferred,"
    > >> >> >> >> >> "MCE
    > >> >> >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several others
    > >> >> >> >> >> on
    > >> >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> >> list,
    > >> >> >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    > >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during MCE
    > >> >> >> >> >> "setup
    > >> >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can
    > >> >> >> >> >> select
    > >> >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> >> "try
    > >> >> >> >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR sensor
    > >> >> >> >> >> work.
    > >> >> >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> >> >> never
    > >> >> >> >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and shouldn't
    > >> >> >> >> >> be
    > >> >> >> >> >> broken.
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1
    > >> >> >> >> >> second,
    > >> >> >> >> >> then
    > >> >> >> >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency.
    > >> >> >> >> >> Watching
    > >> >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> >> through
    > >> >> >> >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works
    > >> >> >> >> >> PERFECTLY.
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running MCE
    > >> >> >> >> >> "setup
    > >> >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After
    > >> >> >> >> >> DirectTV
    > >> >> >> >> >> was
    > >> >> >> >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing TV
    > >> >> >> >> >> from
    > >> >> >> >> >> DirecTV
    > >> >> >> >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to channel
    > >> >> >> >> >> 4,
    > >> >> >> >> >> and
    > >> >> >> >> >> it
    > >> >> >> >> >> was
    > >> >> >> >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running MCE
    > >> >> >> >> >> "setup
    > >> >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not
    > >> >> >> >> >> detected" -
    > >> >> >> >> >> and
    > >> >> >> >> >> I
    > >> >> >> >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster port,
    > >> >> >> >> >> and I
    > >> >> >> >> >> tried
    > >> >> >> >> >> a
    > >> >> >> >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several
    > >> >> >> >> >> times,
    > >> >> >> >> >> including
    > >> >> >> >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the computer.
     
  16. CSM1

    CSM1 Flightless Bird

    =?Utf-8?B?Um9iZXJ0?= <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    news:E7425BBB-B84E-4436-A231-8BAC20691C3E@microsoft.com:

    > Media Center wants the IR Blaster so it can change the channel on
    > the STB,
    > which I also want it to do, so I don't have to program everything
    > twice. I am familiar that. I am familiar with the fact that DirecTV
    > canceled it's HDPC-20 tuner that would have worked directly with Media
    > Center.
    > Do you have any ideas why I'm getting the pausing, or the "IR
    > hardware
    > not detected" error?
    >


    I suggest that you open Device Manager and look for the IR receiver.
    Then remove it and re-boot the computer.

    To open Device Manager, in Windows (Get out of the 10 foot interface)
    press the Windows Key and the Pause/Break Key at the same time. Click
    the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager button.

    The IR receiver is located in the USB Controller branch.
    Listed as eHome Infrared Receiver.

    If that entry is not in the Device manager, you do not have the IR
    hardware installed.

    There is no extra software, the driver is built into the Media Center
    Operation System.


    --
    CSM1
    http://www.carlmcmillan.com


    >
    >
    > "Curious" wrote:
    >
    >> Yes STB stands for Set Top Box
    >> Since all transmissions from DirecTV are encrypted and there is no
    >> tuner card available for a PC that will receive DirecTV
    >> transmissions. MC is assuming that when you say that DirecTV is your
    >> source that you are using a DirecTV STB which is why it is looking
    >> for an IR blaster to control a directTV STB.
    >> DirecTV did have a project to develop a PC based tuner card for
    >> Windows but they cancelled the project over a year ago.
    >>
    >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:1632CFB5-24A2-47B0-9EF5-F0AC576C35D4@microsoft.com...
    >> > Does STB = Set Top Box? (I looked it up w/Google.)
    >> > What does this mean "> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a
    >> > cable STB?"
    >> > Two set top box's? I wasn't using any. I had cable, and watched TV
    >> > with Media Center. (The movie channels I subscribed to weren't
    >> > scrambled, and I
    >> > didn't have a box. I don't know how the cable company did that.) I
    >> > was using
    >> > the IR receiver, not the blaster. The IR receiver plugs into a USB
    >> > port. As
    >> > I said, the IR receiver still works, as I can select "try again"
    >> > (to detect
    >> > "IR hardware") WITH THE REMOTE. I never needed the IR blaster
    >> > before - it was still in it's sealed package in the box. It is
    >> > simple - a wire with the
    >> > emitter in a little box (it's the "official" MCE one found in
    >> > Google images).
    >> >
    >> > The links I read distinguished MCE 2002 and MCE 2005, saying the
    >> > problem
    >> > was just with MCE 2002; and a different problem w/MCE 2005 if you
    >> > skipped SP2
    >> > and did SP1->SP3.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Curious" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> MCE2005 is based on XP Pro 2002 and what you have is MCE2005
    >> >> running on a modified XP Pro OS 2002 SP3 system.
    >> >> I understand that you had no problems until you tried to reset up
    >> >> your system for a direct TV STB from using cable.
    >> >> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable STB?
    >> >> If not I suspect I a hardware problem with the IR receiver unit or
    >> >> it's driver?
    >> >>
    >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> news:D9952182-CE37-47F1-96B8-25F7F1E25F94@microsoft.com...
    >> >> > I just read several of the links, and did two more searchs
    >> >> > adding "IR
    >> >> > hardware not detected" and "skipping." The extra searches match
    >> >> > nothing
    >> >> > relevant.
    >> >> > The links mention problems with using SP3 with MCE 2002 (I
    >> >> > have
    >> >> > 2005),
    >> >> > and with going from SP1 to SP3, skipping SP2. I had SP2 before.
    >> >> > One of
    >> >> > the
    >> >> > links is a Microsoft website, they note these issues, and none
    >> >> > others with
    >> >> > SP3 w/Media Center. Also, I have used SP3 w/Media for several
    >> >> > months with
    >> >> > not problems.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Curious" wrote:
    >> >> >
    >> >> >> Robert,
    >> >> >> I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    >> >> >> However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems
    >> >> >> after installing SP3.
    >> >> >> The following Bing search results may provide some help in
    >> >> >> resolving your
    >> >> >> problem.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3

    +media+center&go=&form=QBLH&q
    >> >> >> s=n&sk=
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it
    >> >> >> > will work anyway
    >> >> >> > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded...
    >> >> >> > installed.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia
    >> >> >> > is the preferred
    >> >> >> > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the
    >> >> >> > idea. ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    >> >> >> > The page at:
    >> >> >> > http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    >> >> >> > reads:
    >> >> >> > -------------------------------
    >> >> >> > System Requirements
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update
    >> >> >> > Rollup2,
    >> >> >> > Windows
    >> >> >> > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    >> >> >> > ... (SNIP)
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > Graphics Chips Supported
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    >> >> >> > --------------------------------------
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video
    >> >> >> >> card you have.
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> The page
    >> >> >> >> (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-

    trial.html
    >> >> >> >> ) says
    >> >> >> >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the
    >> >> >> >> only requirements are:
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA,
    >> >> >> >> Windows XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    >> >> >> >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    >> >> >> >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or
    >> >> >> >> higher for DVD
    >> >> >> >> Playback
    >> >> >> >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    >> >> >> >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics
    >> >> >> >> processor,
    >> >> >> >> such
    >> >> >> >> as
    >> >> >> >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    >> >> >> >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    >> >> >> >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media
    >> >> >> >> Center and
    >> >> >> >> must
    >> >> >> >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo
    >> >> >> >> requirements
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed
    >> >> >> >> to have
    >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> least trouble with with XP.
    >> >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> >> James
    >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or
    >> >> >> >> > the ATI
    >> >> >> >> > Radeon
    >> >> >> >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to
    >> >> >> >> > the websites
    >> >> >> >> > I
    >> >> >> >> > just
    >> >> >> >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo
    >> >> >> >> > Decoder Platinum
    >> >> >> >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce
    >> >> >> >> > graphics chips
    >> >> >> >> > (5
    >> >> >> >> > different ones).
    >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> >> Robert,
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure
    >> >> >> >> >> Platinum decoder?
    >> >> >> >> >> It
    >> >> >> >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version
    >> >> >> >> >> of MC. You
    >> >> >> >> >> can
    >> >> >> >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after
    >> >> >> >> >> that).
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however
    >> >> >> >> >> small) of it
    >> >> >> >> >> being a
    >> >> >> >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC
    >> >> >> >> >> decoder you
    >> >> >> >> >> have,
    >> >> >> >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure
    >> >> >> >> >> Platinum, sometimes
    >> >> >> >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    >> >> >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> >> >> James
    >> >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    >> >> >> >> >> message
    >> >> >> >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-

    043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records
    >> >> >> >> >> > the pauses.
    >> >> >> >> >> > I
    >> >> >> >> >> > tried
    >> >> >> >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility"
    >> >> >> >> >> > (above), and I still
    >> >> >> >> >> > get
    >> >> >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> > compatible decoders)
    >> >> >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    >> >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    >> >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I
    >> >> >> >> >> >> cross posted
    >> >> >> >> >> >> it.
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    >> >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all
    >> >> >> >> >> >> current updates,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Pinnacle
    >> >> >> >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> satellite tuner),
    >> >> >> >> >> >> ATI
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Radeon
    >> >> >> >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor
    >> >> >> >> >> >> 2.5 GHz,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> 1.75
    >> >> >> >> >> >> GB
    >> >> >> >> >> >> RAM,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster.
    >> >> >> >> >> >> MCE has
    >> >> >> >> >> >> all
    >> >> >> >> >> >> current
    >> >> >> >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed
    >> >> >> >> >> >> for the PCI
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> card,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports
    >> >> >> >> >> >> that "Cyberlink
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "preferred," "MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several
    >> >> >> >> >> >> others on
    >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> >> list,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    >> >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected
    >> >> >> >> >> >> during MCE "setup
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I
    >> >> >> >> >> >> can select
    >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "try
    >> >> >> >> >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR
    >> >> >> >> >> >> sensor work.
    >> >> >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> >> >> never
    >> >> >> >> >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and
    >> >> >> >> >> >> shouldn't be
    >> >> >> >> >> >> broken.
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it
    >> >> >> >> >> >> plays 1 second,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> then
    >> >> >> >> >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular
    >> >> >> >> >> >> frequency. Watching
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> through
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> works PERFECTLY.
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried
    >> >> >> >> >> >> running MCE "setup
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV.
    >> >> >> >> >> >> ***After DirectTV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> >> >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was
    >> >> >> >> >> >> playing TV from
    >> >> >> >> >> >> DirecTV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to
    >> >> >> >> >> >> channel 4,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> >> >> >> it
    >> >> >> >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> >> >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried
    >> >> >> >> >> >> running MCE "setup
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware
    >> >> >> >> >> >> not detected" -
    >> >> >> >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR
    >> >> >> >> >> >> blaster port, and I
    >> >> >> >> >> >> tried
    >> >> >> >> >> >> a
    >> >> >> >> >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried
    >> >> >> >> >> >> several times,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> including
    >> >> >> >> >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the
    >> >> >> >> >> >> computer.

    >
     
  17. Curious

    Curious Flightless Bird

    Your IR receiver should have port connections for 2 IR blasters and you
    should have received 2 IR blasters with it. Have you tried different
    combinations of blaster and connection ports?

    "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:E7425BBB-B84E-4436-A231-8BAC20691C3E@microsoft.com...
    > Media Center wants the IR Blaster so it can change the channel on the
    > STB,
    > which I also want it to do, so I don't have to program everything twice.
    > I
    > am familiar that. I am familiar with the fact that DirecTV canceled it's
    > HDPC-20 tuner that would have worked directly with Media Center.
    > Do you have any ideas why I'm getting the pausing, or the "IR hardware
    > not detected" error?
    >
    >
    >
    > "Curious" wrote:
    >
    >> Yes STB stands for Set Top Box
    >> Since all transmissions from DirecTV are encrypted and there is no tuner
    >> card available for a PC that will receive DirecTV transmissions. MC is
    >> assuming that when you say that DirecTV is your source that you are using
    >> a
    >> DirecTV STB which is why it is looking for an IR blaster to control a
    >> directTV STB.
    >> DirecTV did have a project to develop a PC based tuner card for Windows
    >> but
    >> they cancelled the project over a year ago.
    >>
    >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:1632CFB5-24A2-47B0-9EF5-F0AC576C35D4@microsoft.com...
    >> > Does STB = Set Top Box? (I looked it up w/Google.)
    >> > What does this mean "> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable
    >> > STB?"
    >> > Two set top box's? I wasn't using any. I had cable, and watched TV with
    >> > Media Center. (The movie channels I subscribed to weren't scrambled,
    >> > and
    >> > I
    >> > didn't have a box. I don't know how the cable company did that.) I was
    >> > using
    >> > the IR receiver, not the blaster. The IR receiver plugs into a USB
    >> > port.
    >> > As
    >> > I said, the IR receiver still works, as I can select "try again" (to
    >> > detect
    >> > "IR hardware") WITH THE REMOTE. I never needed the IR blaster before -
    >> > it
    >> > was still in it's sealed package in the box. It is simple - a wire
    >> > with
    >> > the
    >> > emitter in a little box (it's the "official" MCE one found in Google
    >> > images).
    >> >
    >> > The links I read distinguished MCE 2002 and MCE 2005, saying the
    >> > problem
    >> > was just with MCE 2002; and a different problem w/MCE 2005 if you
    >> > skipped
    >> > SP2
    >> > and did SP1->SP3.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Curious" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> MCE2005 is based on XP Pro 2002 and what you have is MCE2005 running
    >> >> on a
    >> >> modified XP Pro OS 2002 SP3 system.
    >> >> I understand that you had no problems until you tried to reset up your
    >> >> system for a direct TV STB from using cable.
    >> >> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable STB?
    >> >> If not I suspect I a hardware problem with the IR receiver unit or
    >> >> it's
    >> >> driver?
    >> >>
    >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> news:D9952182-CE37-47F1-96B8-25F7F1E25F94@microsoft.com...
    >> >> > I just read several of the links, and did two more searchs adding
    >> >> > "IR
    >> >> > hardware not detected" and "skipping." The extra searches match
    >> >> > nothing
    >> >> > relevant.
    >> >> > The links mention problems with using SP3 with MCE 2002 (I have
    >> >> > 2005),
    >> >> > and with going from SP1 to SP3, skipping SP2. I had SP2 before.
    >> >> > One
    >> >> > of
    >> >> > the
    >> >> > links is a Microsoft website, they note these issues, and none
    >> >> > others
    >> >> > with
    >> >> > SP3 w/Media Center. Also, I have used SP3 w/Media for several
    >> >> > months
    >> >> > with
    >> >> > not problems.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Curious" wrote:
    >> >> >
    >> >> >> Robert,
    >> >> >> I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    >> >> >> However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems
    >> >> >> after
    >> >> >> installing SP3.
    >> >> >> The following Bing search results may provide some help in
    >> >> >> resolving
    >> >> >> your
    >> >> >> problem.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3+media+center&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n&sk=
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it will
    >> >> >> > work
    >> >> >> > anyway
    >> >> >> > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded... installed.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia is
    >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> > preferred
    >> >> >> > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the idea.
    >> >> >> > ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    >> >> >> > The page at:
    >> >> >> > http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    >> >> >> > reads:
    >> >> >> > -------------------------------
    >> >> >> > System Requirements
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update
    >> >> >> > Rollup2,
    >> >> >> > Windows
    >> >> >> > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    >> >> >> > ... (SNIP)
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > Graphics Chips Supported
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    >> >> >> > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    >> >> >> > --------------------------------------
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video card
    >> >> >> >> you
    >> >> >> >> have.
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> The page
    >> >> >> >> (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-trial.html)
    >> >> >> >> says
    >> >> >> >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the
    >> >> >> >> only
    >> >> >> >> requirements are:
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA, Windows XP
    >> >> >> >> Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    >> >> >> >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    >> >> >> >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or higher
    >> >> >> >> for
    >> >> >> >> DVD
    >> >> >> >> Playback
    >> >> >> >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    >> >> >> >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics
    >> >> >> >> processor,
    >> >> >> >> such
    >> >> >> >> as
    >> >> >> >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    >> >> >> >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    >> >> >> >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media Center
    >> >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> >> must
    >> >> >> >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo
    >> >> >> >> requirements
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed to
    >> >> >> >> have
    >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> least trouble with with XP.
    >> >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> >> James
    >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or the
    >> >> >> >> > ATI
    >> >> >> >> > Radeon
    >> >> >> >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to the
    >> >> >> >> > websites
    >> >> >> >> > I
    >> >> >> >> > just
    >> >> >> >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo
    >> >> >> >> > Decoder
    >> >> >> >> > Platinum
    >> >> >> >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce graphics
    >> >> >> >> > chips
    >> >> >> >> > (5
    >> >> >> >> > different ones).
    >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> >> Robert,
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure Platinum
    >> >> >> >> >> decoder?
    >> >> >> >> >> It
    >> >> >> >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version of
    >> >> >> >> >> MC.
    >> >> >> >> >> You
    >> >> >> >> >> can
    >> >> >> >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after that).
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however small)
    >> >> >> >> >> of
    >> >> >> >> >> it
    >> >> >> >> >> being a
    >> >> >> >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC decoder
    >> >> >> >> >> you
    >> >> >> >> >> have,
    >> >> >> >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure Platinum,
    >> >> >> >> >> sometimes
    >> >> >> >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    >> >> >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> >> >> James
    >> >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    >> >> >> >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records the
    >> >> >> >> >> > pauses.
    >> >> >> >> >> > I
    >> >> >> >> >> > tried
    >> >> >> >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility" (above),
    >> >> >> >> >> > and I
    >> >> >> >> >> > still
    >> >> >> >> >> > get
    >> >> >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE compatible
    >> >> >> >> >> > decoders)
    >> >> >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    >> >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    >> >> >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I
    >> >> >> >> >> >> cross
    >> >> >> >> >> >> posted
    >> >> >> >> >> >> it.
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    >> >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all current
    >> >> >> >> >> >> updates,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Pinnacle
    >> >> >> >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV satellite
    >> >> >> >> >> >> tuner),
    >> >> >> >> >> >> ATI
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Radeon
    >> >> >> >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor 2.5
    >> >> >> >> >> >> GHz,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> 1.75
    >> >> >> >> >> >> GB
    >> >> >> >> >> >> RAM,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster. MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> >> has
    >> >> >> >> >> >> all
    >> >> >> >> >> >> current
    >> >> >> >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed for
    >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> >> PCI
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> card,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports that
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "Cyberlink
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "preferred,"
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several
    >> >> >> >> >> >> others
    >> >> >> >> >> >> on
    >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> >> list,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    >> >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected during
    >> >> >> >> >> >> MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> signal." The error is "IR Hardware not detected." I can
    >> >> >> >> >> >> select
    >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "try
    >> >> >> >> >> >> again" button with the remote - so the remote and IR
    >> >> >> >> >> >> sensor
    >> >> >> >> >> >> work.
    >> >> >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> >> >> never
    >> >> >> >> >> >> plugged in the blaster before, it's very simple and
    >> >> >> >> >> >> shouldn't
    >> >> >> >> >> >> be
    >> >> >> >> >> >> broken.
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> SECOND, when watching TV through Media Center, it plays 1
    >> >> >> >> >> >> second,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> then
    >> >> >> >> >> >> pauses 1/2 second, continuously at a regular frequency.
    >> >> >> >> >> >> Watching
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> through
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "TVCenter Pro," which came with the TV tuner card, works
    >> >> >> >> >> >> PERFECTLY.
    >> >> >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >> >> >> This problem occurred a week ago, after I tried running
    >> >> >> >> >> >> MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> signal," after I switched from cable to DirecTV. ***After
    >> >> >> >> >> >> DirectTV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> >> >> >> installed, and *BEFORE* I ran MCE setup, MCE was playing
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> from
    >> >> >> >> >> >> DirecTV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> okay***. After DirecTV was installed I just went to
    >> >> >> >> >> >> channel
    >> >> >> >> >> >> 4,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> >> >> >> it
    >> >> >> >> >> >> was
    >> >> >> >> >> >> there, playing perfectly. Later that day I tried running
    >> >> >> >> >> >> MCE
    >> >> >> >> >> >> "setup
    >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    >> >> >> >> >> >> signal." I get to a point where it says "IR Hardware not
    >> >> >> >> >> >> detected" -
    >> >> >> >> >> >> and
    >> >> >> >> >> >> I
    >> >> >> >> >> >> can't continue the setup. I tried the other IR blaster
    >> >> >> >> >> >> port,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> and I
    >> >> >> >> >> >> tried
    >> >> >> >> >> >> a
    >> >> >> >> >> >> different USB port for the IR sensor. I've tried several
    >> >> >> >> >> >> times,
    >> >> >> >> >> >> including
    >> >> >> >> >> >> after powering everything down and restarting the
    >> >> >> >> >> >> computer.
     
  18. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    It's listed under "Human Interface Devices" as "Microsoft eHome Infrared
    Tranceiver." There are two "USB Human Interface Device" entries after it - I
    can't tell from properties what they are. I clearly said the remote worked.
    I will remove device from the Device Manager and reboot later today. Thanks
    for the suggestion. I doubt that will address my other problem of pausing.

    "CSM1" wrote:
    >
    > I suggest that you open Device Manager and look for the IR receiver.
    > Then remove it and re-boot the computer.
    >
    > To open Device Manager, in Windows (Get out of the 10 foot interface)
    > press the Windows Key and the Pause/Break Key at the same time. Click
    > the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager button.
    >
    > The IR receiver is located in the USB Controller branch.
    > Listed as eHome Infrared Receiver.
    >
    > If that entry is not in the Device manager, you do not have the IR
    > hardware installed.
    >
    > There is no extra software, the driver is built into the Media Center
    > Operation System.
    >
    >
    > --
    > CSM1
    > http://www.carlmcmillan.com
    >
    >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Curious" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Yes STB stands for Set Top Box
    > >> Since all transmissions from DirecTV are encrypted and there is no
    > >> tuner card available for a PC that will receive DirecTV
    > >> transmissions. MC is assuming that when you say that DirecTV is your
    > >> source that you are using a DirecTV STB which is why it is looking
    > >> for an IR blaster to control a directTV STB.
    > >> DirecTV did have a project to develop a PC based tuner card for
    > >> Windows but they cancelled the project over a year ago.
    > >>
    > >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:1632CFB5-24A2-47B0-9EF5-F0AC576C35D4@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Does STB = Set Top Box? (I looked it up w/Google.)
    > >> > What does this mean "> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a
    > >> > cable STB?"
    > >> > Two set top box's? I wasn't using any. I had cable, and watched TV
    > >> > with Media Center. (The movie channels I subscribed to weren't
    > >> > scrambled, and I
    > >> > didn't have a box. I don't know how the cable company did that.) I
    > >> > was using
    > >> > the IR receiver, not the blaster. The IR receiver plugs into a USB
    > >> > port. As
    > >> > I said, the IR receiver still works, as I can select "try again"
    > >> > (to detect
    > >> > "IR hardware") WITH THE REMOTE. I never needed the IR blaster
    > >> > before - it was still in it's sealed package in the box. It is
    > >> > simple - a wire with the
    > >> > emitter in a little box (it's the "official" MCE one found in
    > >> > Google images).
    > >> >
    > >> > The links I read distinguished MCE 2002 and MCE 2005, saying the
    > >> > problem
    > >> > was just with MCE 2002; and a different problem w/MCE 2005 if you
    > >> > skipped SP2
    > >> > and did SP1->SP3.
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > "Curious" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> MCE2005 is based on XP Pro 2002 and what you have is MCE2005
    > >> >> running on a modified XP Pro OS 2002 SP3 system.
    > >> >> I understand that you had no problems until you tried to reset up
    > >> >> your system for a direct TV STB from using cable.
    > >> >> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable STB?
    > >> >> If not I suspect I a hardware problem with the IR receiver unit or
    > >> >> it's driver?
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:D9952182-CE37-47F1-96B8-25F7F1E25F94@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> > I just read several of the links, and did two more searchs
    > >> >> > adding "IR
    > >> >> > hardware not detected" and "skipping." The extra searches match
    > >> >> > nothing
    > >> >> > relevant.
    > >> >> > The links mention problems with using SP3 with MCE 2002 (I
    > >> >> > have
    > >> >> > 2005),
    > >> >> > and with going from SP1 to SP3, skipping SP2. I had SP2 before.
    > >> >> > One of
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> > links is a Microsoft website, they note these issues, and none
    > >> >> > others with
    > >> >> > SP3 w/Media Center. Also, I have used SP3 w/Media for several
    > >> >> > months with
    > >> >> > not problems.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > "Curious" wrote:
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >> Robert,
    > >> >> >> I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    > >> >> >> However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems
    > >> >> >> after installing SP3.
    > >> >> >> The following Bing search results may provide some help in
    > >> >> >> resolving your
    > >> >> >> problem.
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3

    > +media+center&go=&form=QBLH&q
    > >> >> >> s=n&sk=
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> >> news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it
    > >> >> >> > will work anyway
    > >> >> >> > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded...
    > >> >> >> > installed.
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia
    > >> >> >> > is the preferred
    > >> >> >> > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the
    > >> >> >> > idea. ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    > >> >> >> > The page at:
    > >> >> >> > http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    > >> >> >> > reads:
    > >> >> >> > -------------------------------
    > >> >> >> > System Requirements
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update
    > >> >> >> > Rollup2,
    > >> >> >> > Windows
    > >> >> >> > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > >> >> >> > ... (SNIP)
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > Graphics Chips Supported
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    > >> >> >> > --------------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video
    > >> >> >> >> card you have.
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> The page
    > >> >> >> >> (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-

    > trial.html
    > >> >> >> >> ) says
    > >> >> >> >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the
    > >> >> >> >> only requirements are:
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA,
    > >> >> >> >> Windows XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > >> >> >> >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    > >> >> >> >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or
    > >> >> >> >> higher for DVD
    > >> >> >> >> Playback
    > >> >> >> >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    > >> >> >> >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics
    > >> >> >> >> processor,
    > >> >> >> >> such
    > >> >> >> >> as
    > >> >> >> >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    > >> >> >> >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    > >> >> >> >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media
    > >> >> >> >> Center and
    > >> >> >> >> must
    > >> >> >> >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo
    > >> >> >> >> requirements
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed
    > >> >> >> >> to have
    > >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> least trouble with with XP.
    > >> >> >> >> --
    > >> >> >> >> James
    > >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> >> >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or
    > >> >> >> >> > the ATI
    > >> >> >> >> > Radeon
    > >> >> >> >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to
    > >> >> >> >> > the websites
    > >> >> >> >> > I
    > >> >> >> >> > just
    > >> >> >> >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo
    > >> >> >> >> > Decoder Platinum
    > >> >> >> >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce
    > >> >> >> >> > graphics chips
    > >> >> >> >> > (5
    > >> >> >> >> > different ones).
    > >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> >> Robert,
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure
    > >> >> >> >> >> Platinum decoder?
    > >> >> >> >> >> It
    > >> >> >> >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version
    > >> >> >> >> >> of MC. You
    > >> >> >> >> >> can
    > >> >> >> >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after
    > >> >> >> >> >> that).
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however
    > >> >> >> >> >> small) of it
    > >> >> >> >> >> being a
    > >> >> >> >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC
    > >> >> >> >> >> decoder you
    > >> >> >> >> >> have,
    > >> >> >> >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure
    > >> >> >> >> >> Platinum, sometimes
    > >> >> >> >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    > >> >> >> >> >> --
    > >> >> >> >> >> James
    > >> >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    > >> >> >> >> >> message
    > >> >> >> >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-

    > 043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records
    > >> >> >> >> >> > the pauses.
    > >> >> >> >> >> > I
    > >> >> >> >> >> > tried
    > >> >> >> >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility"
    > >> >> >> >> >> > (above), and I still
    > >> >> >> >> >> > get
    > >> >> >> >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE
    > >> >> >> >> >> > compatible decoders)
    > >> >> >> >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    > >> >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    > >> >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> cross posted
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> it.
    > >> >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> current updates,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Pinnacle
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> satellite tuner),
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> ATI
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Radeon
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> 2.5 GHz,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> 1.75
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> GB
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> RAM,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster.
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> MCE has
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> all
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> current
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> for the PCI
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> card,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    > >> >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> that "Cyberlink
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> "preferred," "MCE
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> others on
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> list,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> during MCE "setup
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
     
  19. Robert

    Robert Flightless Bird

    It's interesting that your suggestion apparently fixed the OTHER problem.
    See below.
    It's listed under "Human Interface Devices" as "Microsoft eHome Infrared
    Transceiver." I uninstalled it, rebooted, and it invisibly reinstalled
    itself. I still get the "IR Hardware not detected" error. The Windows
    remote still works. I don't understand how Windows even knows if a simple
    cable that has nothing on it but an infrared led is even plugged into the IR
    Reciever. It is plugged in. (Maybe I should find another plug the same
    size, cut the wire, and hook the two wires together to see if Windows see the
    connection is closed.) I've tried putting the IR Blaster in front of the IR
    Receiver during "try again" to see if Windows wants to see it work - even
    though the instructions say nothing about doing that.
    There was a very fortunate and unexpected side effect to reinstalling
    the IR Tranceiver device - the pausing/skipping while watching TV in Media
    Center is now gone. I don't know how that solved that problem - I'm very
    skeptical of coincedences.
    So now two problems is reduced to one. If I can get the IR Blaster
    detected I will only have to program to record shows in one place. (Right
    now Media Center is set up for antenna - with one channel - 4.)

    "CSM1" wrote:
    >
    > I suggest that you open Device Manager and look for the IR receiver.
    > Then remove it and re-boot the computer.
    >
    > To open Device Manager, in Windows (Get out of the 10 foot interface)
    > press the Windows Key and the Pause/Break Key at the same time. Click
    > the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager button.
    >
    > The IR receiver is located in the USB Controller branch.
    > Listed as eHome Infrared Receiver.
    >
    > If that entry is not in the Device manager, you do not have the IR
    > hardware installed.
    >
    > There is no extra software, the driver is built into the Media Center
    > Operation System.
    >
    >
    > --
    > CSM1
    > http://www.carlmcmillan.com
    >
    >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Curious" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Yes STB stands for Set Top Box
    > >> Since all transmissions from DirecTV are encrypted and there is no
    > >> tuner card available for a PC that will receive DirecTV
    > >> transmissions. MC is assuming that when you say that DirecTV is your
    > >> source that you are using a DirecTV STB which is why it is looking
    > >> for an IR blaster to control a directTV STB.
    > >> DirecTV did have a project to develop a PC based tuner card for
    > >> Windows but they cancelled the project over a year ago.
    > >>
    > >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:1632CFB5-24A2-47B0-9EF5-F0AC576C35D4@microsoft.com...
    > >> > Does STB = Set Top Box? (I looked it up w/Google.)
    > >> > What does this mean "> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a
    > >> > cable STB?"
    > >> > Two set top box's? I wasn't using any. I had cable, and watched TV
    > >> > with Media Center. (The movie channels I subscribed to weren't
    > >> > scrambled, and I
    > >> > didn't have a box. I don't know how the cable company did that.) I
    > >> > was using
    > >> > the IR receiver, not the blaster. The IR receiver plugs into a USB
    > >> > port. As
    > >> > I said, the IR receiver still works, as I can select "try again"
    > >> > (to detect
    > >> > "IR hardware") WITH THE REMOTE. I never needed the IR blaster
    > >> > before - it was still in it's sealed package in the box. It is
    > >> > simple - a wire with the
    > >> > emitter in a little box (it's the "official" MCE one found in
    > >> > Google images).
    > >> >
    > >> > The links I read distinguished MCE 2002 and MCE 2005, saying the
    > >> > problem
    > >> > was just with MCE 2002; and a different problem w/MCE 2005 if you
    > >> > skipped SP2
    > >> > and did SP1->SP3.
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > "Curious" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> MCE2005 is based on XP Pro 2002 and what you have is MCE2005
    > >> >> running on a modified XP Pro OS 2002 SP3 system.
    > >> >> I understand that you had no problems until you tried to reset up
    > >> >> your system for a direct TV STB from using cable.
    > >> >> Were you using a STB and IR blaster with a cable STB?
    > >> >> If not I suspect I a hardware problem with the IR receiver unit or
    > >> >> it's driver?
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:D9952182-CE37-47F1-96B8-25F7F1E25F94@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> > I just read several of the links, and did two more searchs
    > >> >> > adding "IR
    > >> >> > hardware not detected" and "skipping." The extra searches match
    > >> >> > nothing
    > >> >> > relevant.
    > >> >> > The links mention problems with using SP3 with MCE 2002 (I
    > >> >> > have
    > >> >> > 2005),
    > >> >> > and with going from SP1 to SP3, skipping SP2. I had SP2 before.
    > >> >> > One of
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> > links is a Microsoft website, they note these issues, and none
    > >> >> > others with
    > >> >> > SP3 w/Media Center. Also, I have used SP3 w/Media for several
    > >> >> > months with
    > >> >> > not problems.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > "Curious" wrote:
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >> Robert,
    > >> >> >> I have not had any systems running XP for several years.
    > >> >> >> However, I have seen lots of reports of user's having problems
    > >> >> >> after installing SP3.
    > >> >> >> The following Bing search results may provide some help in
    > >> >> >> resolving your
    > >> >> >> problem.
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> http://www.bing.com/search?q=xp+sp3

    > +media+center&go=&form=QBLH&q
    > >> >> >> s=n&sk=
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> >> news:96B70E85-E399-4680-8C34-AAD7F9C87361@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> > Since I don't have any other ideas, and two people say it
    > >> >> >> > will work anyway
    > >> >> >> > (non-supported chip) here it goes... downloaded...
    > >> >> >> > installed.
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports NVidia
    > >> >> >> > is the preferred
    > >> >> >> > driver (I didn't have to change it).
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > There is no change. Uninstalled NVidia. Thanks for the
    > >> >> >> > idea. ** Any other ideas? ** Thanks.
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > BTW: Here's what the website says:
    > >> >> >> > The page at:
    > >> >> >> > http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html
    > >> >> >> > reads:
    > >> >> >> > -------------------------------
    > >> >> >> > System Requirements
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > * Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/2006 Update
    > >> >> >> > Rollup2,
    > >> >> >> > Windows
    > >> >> >> > XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > >> >> >> > ... (SNIP)
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > Graphics Chips Supported
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce 6 series
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA GeForce FX series
    > >> >> >> > * NVIDIA Quadro FX Series
    > >> >> >> > --------------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> No, the nVidia decoder has nothing to do with what video
    > >> >> >> >> card you have.
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> The page
    > >> >> >> >> (http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-150-

    > trial.html
    > >> >> >> >> ) says
    > >> >> >> >> "chips supported" and it lists just the nVidia ones, but the
    > >> >> >> >> only requirements are:
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004/2005/New BETA,
    > >> >> >> >> Windows XP Professional, or Windows XP Home Edition
    > >> >> >> >> - DirectX 9.0 or higher
    > >> >> >> >> - Windows Media Center or Windows Media® Player 9.0 or
    > >> >> >> >> higher for DVD
    > >> >> >> >> Playback
    > >> >> >> >> - DirectShow compatible software for MPEG-2 file playback
    > >> >> >> >> - A DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) compatible graphics
    > >> >> >> >> processor,
    > >> >> >> >> such
    > >> >> >> >> as
    > >> >> >> >> GeForce 7800 GTX.
    > >> >> >> >> - DVD-ROM drive required for DVD viewing
    > >> >> >> >> - TV Tuner is required for TV viewing under Windows Media
    > >> >> >> >> Center and
    > >> >> >> >> must
    > >> >> >> >> meet the Designed for Windows XP Media Center Edition logo
    > >> >> >> >> requirements
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> It will work with any card, it is the one most people seemed
    > >> >> >> >> to have
    > >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> least trouble with with XP.
    > >> >> >> >> --
    > >> >> >> >> James
    > >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> >> >> news:EAA18BDA-3ED0-4EE1-808D-74CAC46D035A@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> >> > Are you under the impression that my Pinnacle PCTV card or
    > >> >> >> >> > the ATI
    > >> >> >> >> > Radeon
    > >> >> >> >> > card use the NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip?? According to
    > >> >> >> >> > the websites
    > >> >> >> >> > I
    > >> >> >> >> > just
    > >> >> >> >> > visited they don't. The website for the NVIDIA PureVideo
    > >> >> >> >> > Decoder Platinum
    > >> >> >> >> > says the system requirements include NVIDIA GeForce
    > >> >> >> >> > graphics chips
    > >> >> >> >> > (5
    > >> >> >> >> > different ones).
    > >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> > "Jaime" wrote:
    > >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> >> Robert,
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> Just for grins, have you tried using the nVidia Pure
    > >> >> >> >> >> Platinum decoder?
    > >> >> >> >> >> It
    > >> >> >> >> >> the one most people felt was the best for the XP version
    > >> >> >> >> >> of MC. You
    > >> >> >> >> >> can
    > >> >> >> >> >> download and try it for 30 days for free ($20 after
    > >> >> >> >> >> that).
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> It would at least eliminate the possibility (however
    > >> >> >> >> >> small) of it
    > >> >> >> >> >> being a
    > >> >> >> >> >> decoder issue. If you have the discs for the other MC
    > >> >> >> >> >> decoder you
    > >> >> >> >> >> have,
    > >> >> >> >> >> probably best to remove those, then install Pure
    > >> >> >> >> >> Platinum, sometimes
    > >> >> >> >> >> multiple decoder can cause issues.
    > >> >> >> >> >> --
    > >> >> >> >> >> James
    > >> >> >> >> >> Orlando (Goofy says "Hey"), Florida
    > >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    > >> >> >> >> >> message
    > >> >> >> >> >> news:2D714425-16C1-4CA9-BCA0-

    > 043BA4D134BB@microsoft.com...
    > >> >> >> >> >> > Update. I tried recording TV with MC, and it records
    > >> >> >> >> >> > the pauses.
    > >> >> >> >> >> > I
    > >> >> >> >> >> > tried
    > >> >> >> >> >> > all the other decoders in the "checkup utility"
    > >> >> >> >> >> > (above), and I still
    > >> >> >> >> >> > get
    > >> >> >> >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> >> >> > pausing, although with a couple of them (non MCE
    > >> >> >> >> >> > compatible decoders)
    > >> >> >> >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> >> >> > pausing is slightly different.
    > >> >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> >> > "Robert" wrote:
    > >> >> >> >> >> >
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> This is a software, hardware, and setup problem - so I
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> cross posted
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> it.
    > >> >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Hardware/Software/firmware/drivers:
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition (MCE) w/all
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> current updates,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Pinnacle
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> PCTV 800i HD PCI card (coax cable from DirecTV
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> satellite tuner),
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> ATI
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Radeon
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> HD 3200 graphics card, AMD Athlon Dual Core processor
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> 2.5 GHz,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> 1.75
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> GB
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> RAM,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> official (came in the MCE box) IR sensor and blaster.
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> MCE has
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> all
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> current
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> updates. Current firmware and drivers are installed
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> for the PCI
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> card,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> motherboard, the processor, and the graphics card.
    > >> >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> The Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility reports
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> that "Cyberlink
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> Video/SP Decoder (PDVD8) v. 8.2.0.926 is set as
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> "preferred," "MCE
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> compatible," and "MP10 Compatible." There are several
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> others on
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> the
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> list,
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> but only this one is marked as "preferred."
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> ------------------------------
    > >> >> >> >> >> >>
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> FIRST, the MCE genuine IR Blaster is not detected
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> during MCE "setup
    > >> >> >> >> >> >> TV
     
  20. T Shadow

    T Shadow Flightless Bird

    "Robert" <Robert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:7067AB11-4888-4253-BDB6-B2E9B25FD407@microsoft.com...
    > There was a very fortunate and unexpected side effect to reinstalling
    > the IR Tranceiver device - the pausing/skipping while watching TV in Media
    > Center is now gone. I don't know how that solved that problem - I'm very
    > skeptical of coincedences.
    >


    My video card is on the same IRQ as the front USB port. Putting anything in
    that port that keeps it very busy can cause stuttering. Possibly your IRQ
    sharing was changed, or you put it in a different USB port. I keep unused
    items, like serial & parallel ports, disabled to free up IRQs and have these
    and other free ones but XP insists on sharing the video card IRQ anyway.
     

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