Visiontek Theater Pro 550 MCE compatible with Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Ivan Samuelson, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. I have a Visiontek Theater Pro 550 MCE PCI card installed in my Vista
    machine. However, for whatever reason, Media Center cannot get through a
    scheduled recording without halting for various reasons.

    I've searched through the event logs and these are the various messages I get:

    Recording of Welcome to the Grindhouse began late on 04/03/2007 23:03:55 due
    to a lack of audio/video data and stopped on 04/03/2007 23:33:59.

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was not recorded due
    a lack of available disk space.

    I'm recording to a 310G hard drive with 298 gigs of space free. Media center
    is setup as follows:

    Record on drive F: (298 GB)
    Max TV limit: 275 GB

    My C: drive has 18 GB free on it.

    Now, usually, if I manually start a recording while watching the show, it
    works just fine. It seems as if scheduling causes issues, but I'm not
    entirely sure. I have also tested my hard drives and BOTH are fine. I used
    the Seagate tools to test them.

    Here is my system setup and I'm not doing ANY overclocking of any kind with
    my system:

    Windows Vista Home Premium with latest patches
    ASUS A8N-E Motherboard with nForce 4 Ultra chipset with latest BIOS update
    and latest drivers
    2 Gigs of DDR PC3200 RAM
    AMD 64 X2 4200+ CPU
    ATI X1950 Pro PCI-E w/256MB using Catalyst 7.2 drivers
    VisionTek Theater 550 Pro MCE using 7.1 drivers
    250G Seagate Baracuda SATA II (Vista boots off this drive)
    310G Seagate Baracuda SATA II (this is what I use for storing my recordings)
    Integrated audio and network card on the MB
    HP Laserjet 4L printer
    HP Photosmart C3180 All-in-one USB inkjet printer
    McAfee Internet Security 2007 (latest patches)
    NEC 16x DVD+/-RW IDE

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Ivan Samuelson, Apr 15, 2007
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  2. Well, I found the problem! It was the ATI Theater Pro card. It apparently was
    broken out of the box, but it took about a month for it to finally fry itself
    out of commission.

    I swapped it out for a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 MCE card and I can record to
    my 310 gig hard drive without a problem. Recordings that stop and restart are
    a thing of the past.

    I think part of the problem is the ATI card overheats itself very easily.
    I've read other posts from other owners with this problem. It's not something
    that occurs in every card from what I've read, but it does exist for some
    people and I unfortunately was one of them. Even adding extra cooling
    couldn't save it from death.
    Ivan Samuelson, Apr 17, 2007
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