MCE destroying sanity (and won't release tuner card)

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Jake, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. Jake

    Jake Guest

    I was wondering if you have had any luck with this problem? I have
    a brand new Sony Vaio with mce installed and I can't use any of my video
    inputs! No camcorder patience for faulty advertising
    (easy to use! burn your old movies...yadda yadda yadaa...) Stopping the eh
    services in task manager did not do the trick for me either. Are there any
    updates?? any solutions at all?? I don't want to have to shell out another
    $300 to get a license for XP Pro and an additional fee to have the geek squad
    (thanks Best Buy) install it. Does anyone know if the Xp pro upgrade will
    work or do I need to shell out for the full version??
    My next computer is going to be a Mac.
    Jake, Oct 5, 2004
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  2. You do not need to buy windows xp pro because media center is a "superset of
    windows xp pro". If you buy that you would be wasting your money, what is
    causing the problem is media center is always running in the background, and
    it is very hard to disable it. If when you bought the computer there is
    documentation from Sony saying that you can burn your old movies then
    probably Sony has some software bundled into the computer. I would call Sony
    tech support and ask them about it, they can tell you better how their
    computer works, and how their software works. I was looking on Sony's
    website and it states that the turner in the computer that I am looking at
    is "16x PCI Express Giga PocketT" which probably means that Sony has
    software already installed on your computer that will allow you to record
    your taps since the "giga pocket" brand is owned by Sony.

    Sorry I could not be more specific on the issue, but I don't own a Sony
    media center, I own an hp media center.

    Have a good day,
    Brian Mullins
    Brian Mullins, Oct 6, 2004
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  3. Jake,

    It is not possible to "upgrade" Windows Media Center to Windows XP Pro as
    Windows Media Center is effectively built on top of Windows XP Pro, that's
    why it is called a "superset" of windows XP pro, so you will be able to save
    your $300 and spare the Geek Squad time for someone who could make better
    use of it.

    Now let's see what the problem is with the tuner card being locked up.
    Media Center relies on a Windows Service (formerly NT services) that runs in
    the background, even when no one is logged on, to be able to perform any
    scheduled recording you may have set up, again, even if no one is logged on,
    or even if the computer is in stand-by mode, or even hibernation. That's why
    the tuner appears in use to other capture software.

    If you want, you can visit my blog site at and there I have two articles
    about capturing both analog and digital video from external sources using
    Windows Media Center 2004 and some third party software.

    Unfortunately, I am not familiar with GigaPocket (the software that comes
    with most Sony PCs) and I won't be able to comment about their capabilities.

    Hope this helps.



    Now let's see
    Luis A. Burgos, Oct 6, 2004
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