Supported vs Not Supported

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Jimbo, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo Guest

    Hi all,

    I have been reading a lot about supported cards etc..

    I purchased 2 Hauppauge 150MCE cards for this reason. They work as

    However, my ATI 9700 card works just great with the ATI MCE drivers and the
    quality is fantastic. ( had the card - wanted to use it)

    So, why is it NOT supported?

    This is a question for pure curiosity sake, just wondering why.

    FWIW, when I upgrade cards in the future, I will certainly buy supported
    cards-but wonder what the difference may be in my case!


    Jimbo, Mar 23, 2005
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  2. Jimbo

    Curious Guest

    There is nothing in the description of the MCE logo program to imply that MS
    supports the products that they list. Following is the description of the
    program from the MS Web Site. It is the product vendors that support their
    MCE products not MS and anyone calling MS for support of a manufacturers MCE
    product is well aware. The only support implied is that the manufacturer is
    allowed to place the "Designed for MCE Logo on a product" following is the
    program description from the MS Web site:

    Designed for Windows Media Center Edition Logo Program

    We are pleased to announce the extension of the Designed for Windows XP logo
    program (for MCE). Created in response to customer and partner feedback,
    this program will help educate consumers and partners about which related
    components and peripherals deliver the best experience with a Windows XP
    Media Center Edition PC. The following components and peripherals will be
    part of the initial program: Media Center remote controls, TV tuner cards,
    video cards, DVD Decoders, and related wireless network access points and
    bridges optimized for audio-visual streaming.

    I assume that the vendors request that their out of production products get
    removed from the list, just as they have to request that a product be added,
    even if the vendors themselves still support their products with MCE.

    It should be noted that neither HP or MS themselves has bothered to get
    their extender products added to the list but HP and MS obviously support
    these products.
    Curious, Mar 24, 2005
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  3. Jimbo

    Pete Delgado Guest

    While I can't speak for other companies, at my company, when a card is
    officially supported it means that the vendor has tested it with the product
    or has paid us to test it with our products. This testing and any changes
    to the drivers or software etc. cost quite a bit of money. Since most
    vendors are in business to sell their newest products, it makes sense for
    them to certify the new cards that people will likely have to upgrade to
    rather than certify the cards that people likely already have and have been
    discontinued by the vendor. In some cases, the vendors will be "nice"
    enough to certify cards.

    Pete Delgado, Mar 24, 2005
  4. Jimbo

    Nigel Barker Guest

    Most any decent modern graphics card will work whether on the supported list or
    not. However if a TV tuner card is not on the list chances are that it will not
    Nigel Barker, Mar 25, 2005
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