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Windows 7: Mysterious Media Center

28 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 and XP
Mysterious Media Center

I love Windows 7, except for the Media Center. I stumps me because of lacking user friendliness. There are a lot of symbols that aren't explained what they are. Whenever I get into Media Center, it's always working in the background, doing something and not telling me what. I see a lot of green circles.
My big project is to get a TV tuner card going. It keeps telling me there is no data available. Well, the card works fine in XP with the program that came with it. So the cable is live. Now I suspect that an analog line would not transmit data. How do I get Media Center to show me something.
In the Help and Support it says, click on Media Center, Tasks and Settings. Well my system does give me a submenu or an option for settings. It always goes straight into the big blue screen of Media Center. How can I re-setup the TV tuner?
After several tries Media Center gave me several options, lie pictures, Movies, Live TV, but when I click on Live TV, nothing is happening. It just hangs. And that's the story with Media Center. It usually hangs and I have a hard time getting out of it.
Please help! Thank you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86


Visit the card manufacturer's website for a 7 driver. If they don't have one, get the Vista one and install in the compatibility mode for Vista.

Usually, 3rd party tools are much better to capture than the software included with the card. It's usually best to keeo that stuff uninstalled.

Great capture programs include iuVCR, VirtualVCR and VirtualDub. All easy to use. If you want to only watch, use the deinterlace filter inside iuVCR. If you record, remove that filter and deinterlace later on while editing/compressing to final result.

To capture, use the Huffy codec because it is lossless.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7

I agree with torrentg- get the updated driver from the manufacturer. For more information about tv tuners and connecting to Windows media center go here: What should I know before adding TV tuners to use with Windows Media Center?.

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