MCE Connecting to the internet & Connecting RCA inputs

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by DK, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. DK

    DK Guest

    Being new to MCE (2 days) i am having a couple of problems:

    1) I cannot get MCE to connect to the internet. I realise that you have to
    assign a connection in the 'Network Connections' folder as a default
    connection. However I use a Local Area connection which is always on and
    cannot assign it as my default connection.

    2) How can I get MCE to detect an external appliance connected through RCA
    cables?

    I am using an ASUS A7J6 notebook. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
    DK, Mar 29, 2006
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  2. 1) Do you have network drivers for the Asus motherboard installed? Or if the
    network adapter isn't on the motherboard, do you have drivers for the USB or
    PCCard network adapter installed? Go to Device Manager to find out. Assuming
    you do, then bring up a DOS window and do "ipconfig /release" and "ipconfig
    /renew". The renew should force whatever is upstream (i.e., a router) to
    send you an IP address. At that point you should be able to ping other
    machines on your lan (assuming they all have the same workgroup name). Once
    you can ping the other machines (and the router) then the Internet should
    work.

    2) What tuner do you have? Since it's a laptop, I'm assuming a Hauppauge USB
    tuner as that is the only one MCE supports. If you go into the MCE setup,
    you can tell it you have a "set top box" to get it to look for input on the
    composite or sVideo inputs. However, to do this you must have a MCE remote
    control plugged into a USB port.

    3) Does your ASUS have a MCE-supported video chipset?

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, Mar 29, 2006
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  3. DK

    DK Guest

    Thanks for your replies Dana!

    1) I think i may have been a bit misleading in my first question. The
    internet is already working and I am able to connect to it. It is an
    always-on LAN connection which is in my apartment complex (i.e. from a socket
    in the wall). The actual Media Centre program states it its help file that it
    needs an internet connection to be right-clicked and designated as your
    "always use this" connection for it to recognise it. However since i am
    connected through a high-speed LAN connection, there is no right-click option
    to designate it as my "always use" connection.
    I think this problem may be related to the Tools>Internet
    Options>Connections Tab in Internet explorer not having any connections in
    the Dial-up and VPN window.

    2) I don't know the exact model of the TV tuner but it is internal (here is
    my laptop: http://www.i-store.com.au/product/?CategoryID=29&productid=7266).
    I fiddled around and got it to recognise via the way you stated but i have
    not yet tried to use the supplied remote as the defualt remote so i shall do
    that.

    3)I am thinking it does as I was able to connect my coaxial cable to my
    notebook and get a signal. Which raises another question, is there anyway to
    tune individual channels or are they preset?

    Once again thanks,
    -DK
     
    DK, Mar 30, 2006
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  4. Interesting PC - not sure what the integrated tuner is, but if they claim
    MCE certification, that's good. The fact that you're in Australia might have
    something to do with it, I don't know. When you setup Media Center, it will
    step you through the configuration of the tuner, and the guide (assuming Oz
    has a guide). If it does, then all your channels and their names will show
    up. Otherwise you'll have to add them by hand.

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, Mar 30, 2006
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  5. DK

    DK Guest

    Hi Dana,
    Well that's the problem. I can't get the media centre program to
    recognise my always on LAN connection as my default internet connection,
    whcih in turn means i cannot access the online guides (if we have them). Oh
    *shudder* It is always tricky...
    Thanks again,
    D.K.
     
    DK, Mar 31, 2006
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  6. Does it fail to recognize it when you "test" the connection in MC setup? Or
    does the test pass and it fails when you attempt to download the guide? Or
    does it fail when you try to get a list of cable providers based on your
    postal code?

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, Mar 31, 2006
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  7. DK

    DK Guest

    It fails to recognise the connection when i test in the mc setup.
    thanks :)
    -D.K.
     
    DK, Apr 1, 2006
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  8. You might check your firewall settings. I can't think of anything else
    offhand...

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, Apr 4, 2006
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  9. DK

    DK Guest

    Ok i will try that, thank you for all your help :).
    - D.K.
     
    DK, Apr 5, 2006
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  10. DK

    DK Guest

    Just letting you know Dana, that diasabling my firewall workder.
    Thanks for all your help, i couldn't have done it without you.

    -D.K.
     
    DK, Apr 6, 2006
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  11. Now the hard part starts - figuring out how to get the firewall working
    again without this problem...

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
     
    Dana Cline - MVP, Apr 6, 2006
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