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Windows 7: Sick of Media Center/Media Player

27 Apr 2011   #11
Andy 01

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

I use Media Portal for all my HTPC stuff. looks great, works well, and uses my Windows remote with no concerns.


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27 Apr 2011   #12
Faren

windows 7 x64
 
 

Media Player has worked well except for .vob files, which oddly enough, Media Center would find and add them to it's library along with everything else. I've tried disabling and re-enabling too. Now I'm having a screwy issue with Flash Player. While streaming video on hulu the whole system shuts down and reboots with the inevitable black screen - "windows was not shut down properly, start normally". I've disabled hardware acceleration in Flash and it still happens but only when streaming video. I'm on my way to make sure it's up to date now and maybe mess with the global settings.
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27 Apr 2011   #13
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

So, is Windows Media Center working well now and Flash player is currently the one that worries you?
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28 Apr 2011   #14
Faren

windows 7 x64
 
 

Alright, I had to reinstall. The whole thing started crashing and couldn't even run in safe mode. I'm doing a very systematic install and leaving out some software in the process. It's solid and I have everything running swimmingly. Just waiting for that other shoe... is there some open-source sandboxing software out there?
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29 Apr 2011   #15
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You are installing a codec pack arn't you?
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29 Apr 2011   #16
Faren

windows 7 x64
 
 

Shark007 for windows 7, All is well in the media department and I am now looking for some way to prevent these corrupted file issues. How about the tea timer option in spybot sd. I havn't used that option because tea timer was always in my face about something and I got tired of it.
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29 Apr 2011   #17
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I can't help with the remote, because I'm still looking for the one that I want. However, you could do as I did and drop Media Center and WMP altogether, and use XBMC instead. I'm still getting used to it, but as far as what it does, it beats Media Center all to pieces. Remotes are fairly subjective, and there isn't one that fits everyone, at least as far as I have found. I can't exactly recommend it, but the EZ Commander may suit you.

EDIT: Since I have just ordered it, obviously I can't recommend it, but here is a remote to consider:

http://cgi.ebay.com/HTPC-MCE-Back-Li...item35aba8ba47

It's main selling points are that it is cheap, it is partially backlit and it is RC 6 protocol.
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01 May 2011   #18
Faren

windows 7 x64
 
 

That's close to the one I bought Newegg.com - Rosewill Windows Vista Certified Media center Infrared Remote Control RRC-126

I believe there is a tweak in the registry to use these remotes in xbmc, I'd have to look it up.
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01 May 2011   #19
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faren View Post
That's close to the one I bought Newegg.com - Rosewill Windows Vista Certified Media center Infrared Remote Control RRC-126

I believe there is a tweak in the registry to use these remotes in xbmc, I'd have to look it up.
If you could find the tweak, that would be better, but failing that, I found a program that appears to detour the hurdle:

Intelliremote - Take back control of your PC!

Your Rosewill link doesn't work, it just opens the main menu of this forum.

EDIT: Here is a brief tutorial on Intelliremote, but apparently the web designer doesn't know how to write the page properly, because it is cutoff on the right, regardless of using Opera, FF or IE.

http://htpcguide.info/index.php?opti...-tos&Itemid=62
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01 May 2011   #20
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
For Audio and Video media streaming why don't you use something like SQUEEZEBOX (Audio) and SLINGBOX (Video). These will transmit multimedia streams to all sorts of devices including smart phones - you don't even need a Sound card on the host computer.

Windows Media centre is OK if you are actually watching using a Laptop / desktop but IMO these days you are better off streaming remotely to nice large screen TV's / speaker systems.

Both systems I've mentioned here can be remotely controlled as well.



Squeezebox : LOGITECH SQUEEZEBOX DUET WIRELESS MEDIA RECEIVER - available from Superfi UK Visit http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/product_id/3876 for details


Slingbox

Sling Media - Hardware


These sorts of solutions IMO are far better than hacking around with Windows Media Centre which wasn't really designed for this sort of stuff.


Cheers
jimbo
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