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  • Blog Post: MCE Performance Improvements

    Lately while I have been watching my MCE box Ive noticed that no matter whether Im watching SDTV or HDTV I keep getting these little glitches....not major but enough to be annoying. Initially I thought it was poor signal so I bought an external antenna and installed it.....NOT FUN! Ever tried to get...
  • Blog Post: Media Centre Musings

    So for awhile Ive been committed to building a Media Center...plenty of other in my team have. Jeffa has one hooked up to his Foxtel. Dave Glover talks about it a bit....so I thought Id petition the family for the best Fathers Days present a guy can have....uh-huh...a HDTV card for my PC. I already had...
  • Blog Post: Optimising Vista for Media Centre

    I like Media Center and Ive done a few posts on it now. I am running Vista's Media Centre version now and I do several things to it to make sure it runs fit for purpose as a Media Centre. Heres my assumptions: 1. I want to watch DVB-T (digital TV) on it 2. I want to watch DivX shows on it ...
  • Blog Post: Media Centre Musings Part 3?

    So in my last few posts about Media Center I talked about reducing bottlenecks in the system etc. On Friday last I bit the bullet and decided to get a Western Digital 200GB SATA 150 Drive and as part of the upgrade, decided to flash the BIOS to the newest I could. Once it was complete I noticed that...
  • Blog Post: Media Centre Musings Part two

    I talked about my Media Centre beginnings a couple of days ago and well...I just havent been happy with my machine. You see it only has a Pentium III 733 in it and an old Nvidia GeForce 2 card in it and well - HDTV just didnt happen on it. SDTV had enough trouble. Cant have that...and (no surprise really...
  • Blog Post: Vista Media Centre - first experiences

    Last night I bit the bullet and decided to try out Vista Media Center as part of the Vista Ultimate SKU. Jeff was warning me against it with claims of slowness and driver support and given the wife acceptance factor has to be high in any decision around the TV I chose the path of least risk and installed...
  • Blog Post: XP Media Center is a winner. Steve Jobs...what was that you said about it?

    In the ultimate reversal of a previous statement on Cnet's news.com Apple is set to release a Media Center not unlike Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. In the next release of Windows Vista, Media Center will now actually become part of some of the SKU's. "...Asked about Apple's interest...