How do I keep Windows Media Center interfering with downloading and installing software? 

by on April 2, 2012

Q: how do i keep windows media center from interfering with down-loading and installing soft ware? i can’t even install a program from a disk on my drive d; windows media center pops up and just sits there like it’s dead and nothing happens no matter what or where i click on it…also my system’s audio speakers got turned off somehow, and i can’t turn them back on because of windows media center popping up and interfering…i have windows 7…HELP!!!

 
 

How come I get an error saying IR hardware not detected with my Windows 7 Ultimate with Media center 

by on December 30, 2011

Q: Hi. here is my problem…I just built a new computer and installed Windows 7 ultimate with Media center. I want to get live tv so i put in a (Hauppauge 1199 WinTV HVR-1600 Internal PCI Dual TV Tuner/Video Recorder with IR Receiver and Blaster) I also have Direct tv as my satellite service…I tried to connect to the media center and got as far as “IR hardware not detected” so I double checked all hook up’s and they all work . Do you have any suggestions? Thanks

 
 

Why does Media Center freeze when I try to watch recorded TV? 

by on April 21, 2011

Q: I’m having problems with Media Center. It starts up but freezes, especially with recorded TV, although, it was letting me watch live TV till I tried to redo the settings thinking that might help, now I get about half-way through set up and it freezes. I have a fairly old computer ~2006 and its running XP media center edition and a couple of weeks ago it recovered from a “serious error” and suggested it was my video card driver, I looked for an update but couldn’t find one. I have an Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family, I went to Intel’s website to look for a driver for it and they said that the manufacturer, HP, had modified it so they would have the driver for it, went to HP and they didn’t have one either, probably because its so old. My question is this, if I was to uninstall my driver for my video card and then try to reinstall it using hp recovery tools, first of all, would I be able to reinstall it that way and second would that fix the problem? Also, how do I know that its the driver and not just a bad video card? Thanks!

 
 

How come Media Center requires I use an Ethernet connection? 

by on October 3, 2010

Q: I connected my Xbox 360 to my Media Center but to do that I had to take my laptop off of wireless internet and plug it in with an ethernet connection. I had to do so, because my 360 is on ethernet and Media Center said it had to be on the same network. My question is: Can I use wireless internet on my laptop again and still be able to access Media Center from my 360? Or do I need to have my laptop connected to an ethernet connection whenever I decide to use the Media Center on my xbox?

 
 

Can I upgrade my HP Media Center to a 3 Ghz or faster processor? 

by on July 22, 2010

Q: I have an HP Media Center PC m1160n, version 2002, Windows XP SP2,. AMD 64 Athlon 3400+ 1.79 ghz, 1GB RAM.

I like the unit but would like to know if it could be upgraded to a faster processor, say 3.0+ ghz and 2GB RAM at a reasonable price, while keeping all the other features of the unit?

 
 

How come my Windows Media Center Edition PC will not shut down via start turn off? 

by on May 20, 2010

Q: My PC with Windows Media Center Edition will not shut down via start > turn off. I have not added anything new to the PC and in fact I have tried to get rid of the bloatware crap that came with it. It was sold to me as having 1GB when it actually has 927MB or some odd number. You live and learn when you buy from any old computer store. Anyway, what is causing this and how can I fix it?

 
 

How to disable Windows Media Center 

by on June 2, 2009

Q: I’m running Windows Vista on my laptop. I added an Xbox 360 as an extender in media center. However, this is using a massive amount of power from the laptop, so I’ve decided I no longer want to use media center!. I’ve gone to settings and disabled what I think are processes to media center, but my laptop is still using way more power than it used to. Does anyone know of a way to fix this?

A: Here are all the services you’ll need to disable:

Windows Media Center Extender Service
Windows Media Center Receiver Service
Windows Media Center Scheduler Service
Windows Media Center Service Launcher
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

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How do I make sure I have media center disabled on my laptop? 

by on May 26, 2009

Q: I hope you guys can help!

I’m running Windows Vista on my laptop. I added an Xbox 360 as an extender in media center. However, this is using a massive amount of power from the laptop, so I’ve decided I no longer want to use media center! I’ve gone to settings and disabled what I think are processes to media center, but my laptop is still using way more power than it used to. Does anyone know of a way to fix this?

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Toshiba USB Drives Not Working 

by on February 7, 2008

Q: I have a Toshiba Satellite running Windows XP Media Center Edition and I have four USB Ports but I seem to only be able to use one at a time. Regardless of which port I use it is always listed as the E:\ drive. I have tried using the “map network drive” function, but I’m not trying to map a network (and don’t have one set up), I just want to be able to use multiple USB ports at the same time. How might I set that up?

A: I have found numerous issues with USB ports on the Toshiba Satellite laptops. All of them seem to point to the BIOS driver. I have included a direct link to the BIOS updates. The only thing you need to do is select the model of the laptop and it will list the BIOS drivers when you follow the link.

Download the driver and install. It appears that a BIOS version 1.90 has fixed all previous cases of this exact issue. If you need further assistance please let me know.

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modSel.jsp