MCE, MCX and Auto Playlists

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Jeff Hofstetter, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. Ok, I am completely lost with auto playlists. When I use Windows Media
    Player and create an auto playlist, it gets created fine. I can even see it
    when using my Media Extender, but when I look at the songs that are supposed
    to be in the auto playlist via MCX, I see one song that is not even in the
    list. No others! What am I missing?
    Jeff Hofstetter, Dec 28, 2004
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  2. I have the same kind of issues. It looks like MCX is not seeing the updates
    in auto playlists and playlists. Media Center application on the PC is able
    to see the updates. WMP ofcourse is also able to. This looks like a bug to
    me with the extender software on the PC. Where can we see the outstanding
    bugs for this software? Does anyone know ?
    Ramana Yalamanchili, Dec 29, 2004
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  3. Jeff Hofstetter

    PanelPet Guest

    FWIW: I gave up trying to get the MCX media library to automatically sync
    with the PC MediaCenter library which in turn is supposed to sync with the
    PC WindowsMediaPlayer library...
    The MediaCenter "Add Folders" approach doesn't have the same features as WMP
    (Search for Media Files) and can't handle things like .M3U files (AFAIK)


    What I do now (and recommend if you want more explicit control of your

    #1) Use Windows Media Player to import libraries, .M3U files etc using the
    "Search for Media Files" feature
    Get everything working with WMP (files, playlists, genre mappings etc)

    #2) Run Media Center on the PC (regular login) and be sure the Media Center
    presents the playlists in the way you expect.
    If you need to tweek some things, it is easier to do here (since you have a
    keyboard and mouse)

    #3) Now the trick, copy the Media Center database from the main user to the
    MCX1 user

    copy "C:\Documents and Settings\??????\Local Settings\Application
    Data\Microsoft\Media Player\*.*" "C:\Documents and Settings\MCX1\Local
    Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player"

    Replace "??????" with the default user name (perhaps "User1")
    Change "MCX1" as appropriate if you have additional extenders

    #4) Run the Media Extender, and the media list will instantly be up-to-date
    (no need to add folders manually)
    PanelPet, Dec 29, 2004
  4. This Worked. Thanks a bunch. I know it is a very late reply.
    Ramana Yalamanchili, Apr 10, 2005
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