Gateway FMC-901 migration to MCE 2005 help needed

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Mike Wann, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. Thanks for the links. I'd sure like to know what this interface is, and
    your suspicions that it could be a parallel port have merit. I didn't figure
    on reverse engineering this PC, but it is interesting. I do miss that Record
    light.
     
    Turkey Dog Dave, May 18, 2005
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  2. Mike Wann

    Noozer Guest

    And that is the main reason I avoid MS software when I can, and I definately
    do NOT program with any of their languages.

    They could have just as easily ADDED functionality without changing existing
    functionality.
     
    Noozer, May 19, 2005
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  3. Okay, so I was very curious about this so I trashed my 901x and recovered
    from the Gateway DVD... and indeed, in MCE2004 the VFD does display track
    info (when click next, not while playing) as well as having track time etc.
    It display which mode you are in (TV, Video, Pictures, etc) and a slew of
    other things. That's very nice. I never upgraded from this state to 2005
    (did clean MSDN install) so perhaps in would stay in 2005 if an upgrade from
    2004 was done.

    I have a feeling that the VFD application only enables communication with
    the VFD and that some other Gateway app on the CD (MCE enhancements perhaps)
    is what actually enables the rest. I'll have to play some more with that
    once I've rebuilt my machine to 2005.
     
    Michel Bordeleau [MCE-MVP], May 19, 2005
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  4. Thanks for following up on that, Michel. I'll have to do some digging here, as well. But right now, the other half is watching CSI :)

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    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, May 20, 2005
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  5. Possibly here, Michel.

    X:\1Gateway\Utility\Button

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    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
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    Doug Knox MS-MVP, May 20, 2005
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  6. Cool... I'll have to take a look at that... right now I'm trying to
    determine if my drive is pooched. :(

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    Michel Bordeleau
    MS-MVP - Windows XP Media Center Edition
    (remove oogle from email address to email me)


    Possibly here, Michel.

    X:\1Gateway\Utility\Button

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    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
    Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
     
    Michel Bordeleau [MCE-MVP], May 20, 2005
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  7. Mike Wann

    Noozer Guest

    No go here... Same as before. I just get a time display and the "PC"
    indicator is lit. Eventually the display will go blank, but I haven't
    figured out what causes that to happen.

    I've tried several emails to Gateway's support and been told where to
    download video drivers and that I don't need monitor drivers. They even
    suggested that it was broken and that I should ship it back to them for a
    minimum charge of $190 + shipping!!!

    I think we'd have better luck just reverse engineering the 2004 driver and
    coming up with a new 2005 one.

    Possibly here, Michel.

    X:\1Gateway\Utility\Button

    --
    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
    Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
     
    Noozer, May 20, 2005
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  8. Ditto, I followed the instructions in the read me file and no results here. The contents of the "button" folder appear to be the files necessary to install a Service that would control the VFD. This would be ideal, as you'd want it to run whether a user was logged on or not. I've not given up yet.

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    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    http://www.dougknox.com
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, May 21, 2005
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  9. UPDATE:

    Looks like Wistron Corp is an Asian OEM spin-off of Acer that contracts out
    to larger OEMs like Gateway. The display board, if not more of the FMC-901
    is probably their work. Gateway is no doubt clueless as to how it works...

    The Wistron FileWriter.dll appears to talk to MCED.sys to pass on the MSAS
    info for the display. It looks like the MCED.sys driver could be accessed
    using the CreateFile() and DeviceIOControl() funcitons if one knew the right
    parameters. Still no idea why the MSAS - FileWriter.dll - MCED.sys link is
    working in MCE 2004 and not MCE 2005. I don't have anything in the way of a
    debugger on my MCE system (yet), and not much experience in system level
    debugging. But I am still game.

    The Media Center SDK FileWriter example seemed to be a good place to start.
    I did test the simple status file generation example - I called it
    TestFileWriter.dll and put the DLL in c:\Windows\ehome and used run with
    "regsvr32.exe c:\Windows\ehome\TestFileWriter.dll" to register it. Rebooted
    and started getting Media Center state output to a status file ehmsas.txt in
    the c:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp folder. It
    showed all the MCE session information including when it was recording
    without the user interface up. Just what we want if we can pass the
    information along to the display.

    Unregistering my TestFileWriter.dll stopped the status file generation. But
    unregistering the original FileWriter.dll didn't effect the clock display.
    Neither did registering it again. Same old red 'PC' and the clock.

    That's all I've got...
     
    Turkey Dog Dave, May 24, 2005
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  10. It's been a while since I checked back here, and I am sorry to say that I
    haven't made any progress on the subject of getting the record light and
    other front panel display features to work right. And it seems that no one
    else has been working the problem either. Once my system was stable and
    reliable I guess I got used to not seeing the record light - it comes out of
    standby, records, and goes back to sleep mostly without any problems at all.
    And of course I burn all my time watching those recorded shows.

    Onder, you are no doubt correct that the front panel display driver MCED.sys
    gets its time directly from the system. At least we know that it is doing
    something - no clock display unless that has been installed.

    I had hopes that the guy at FrontView (http://www.MediaCenterMagic.com)
    would try to support the Gateway VFD, but it doesn't seem likely now. I
    wonder how many 901 systems Gateway sold. It wouldn't be a bad MCE machine
    with just a little bit of support from Gateway. But once you move to MCE
    2005 you are on your own, except for helpful forums like this...

    TDD
     
    Turkey Dog Dave, Aug 10, 2005
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  11. This is a known issue with the 901X and will require a driver update from Gateway, Microsoft or someone in order to work properly.
     
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, Aug 10, 2005
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  12. Mike Wann

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    901 rescue disc

    Anyone willing to share a disc. I need a copy as I just acquired a 901 and would like to get it up and working.
     
    adice67, Jan 1, 2013
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