2 Media Center 2005 PCs and XBox Media Extender

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Judith, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Judith

    Judith Guest

    I have a laptop with MCE 2005 and have been using the Xbox Media Extender
    (Version 1.1) successfully for over a year through my wireless network using
    a Linksys game adapter. Just recently upgraded my desktop to MCE 2005 and
    wanted to try to connect to the XBox media extender. I connected the XBox to
    my Linksys access point and it connected successfully to my desktop media
    center. I did not download the software for the extender on the desktop and
    it connected anyway (which was a surprize to me). I then turned the desktop
    off and tried to connect the XBox extender to my laptop again. The laptop
    does have the extender software dowloaded, by the way, and as I said, has
    been connecting successfully for a long time. The XBox extender will not
    connect to the laptop. It does not give me the keys to reconnect, either.
    It just keeps asking me if I want to connect to a foreign computer and gives
    me the option to say OK. Then, it tells me to go to my laptop PC and look at
    the Help files. Shouldn't the laptop reconnect? I'm confused as to why it
    does not at this point. Any ideas? Not really sure what to look for in the
    Help files.
    Judith, Feb 18, 2007
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  2. Judith

    GateKeeper Guest

    How did you "upgrade your desktop to MCE 2005?" As far as I know, MCE is
    only available as OEM pre-installation.
    GateKeeper, Feb 18, 2007
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  3. Judith

    Judith Guest

    Gatekeeper: HP offered the MCE upgrade about 18 months ago. I had the
    MCE2004 OEM. I ordered the disk and since I only had the one computer at the
    time, I waited until now to try it. (My laptop is MCE 2005) Just for your
    info, however, on my first attempt to upgrade I believe I became impatient
    and it didn't work. I, therefore, did a Distructive Recovery, reloaded
    MCE2004 and then upgraded to 2005. I must say it worked beautifully. My
    desktop is better than ever and I am able to do some fun things I could not
    do before. (And, all the gunk is gone.) Before you ask, Yes--it is time
    consuming to download the important software and updates again, but it was so
    worth it!
    Judith, Feb 18, 2007
  4. Here are steps you can follow to get up and running again:

    First, do the following on both your desktop and your laptop:
    1) Open the MCX Manager (Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Media
    Center --> Media Center Extender Manager)
    2) In the list of devices, select Media Center Extender for Xbox and click
    3) Click Remove, and then click OK.
    4) On the File menu, select Add a New Extender.

    Next, do the following on your Xbox:
    1) Open the disc tray
    2) From the Xbox dashboard, select Memory; click A to select the Xbox hard
    3) Select MCX for Xbox from the list of game titles that appears and press A
    4) Press A to delete the stored information for MCX for Xbox; select Yes and
    press A to confirm
    5) Place the version 1.01 game disc in the disc try and close the disc tray
    6) When the Welcome screen appears, write down the setup key that is
    displayed on screen.

    Finally, return to your laptop and type in the 8-digit setup key.
    Todd Bowra [MSFT], Feb 20, 2007
  5. Judith

    Judith Guest

    Todd Bowra: Thank you, Todd. I will put this into motion this very afternoon
    and let you know the outcome.
    Judith, Feb 21, 2007
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