Monday, December 16, 2013
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
This year's big holiday is 3 days in Paris and a couple of weeks in a rented house in Provence. The plan is to write something in my journal/blog everyday, edit and post when I get back. In the meantime, various musings, posts, etc. are on a Facebook page here:
Its is nice that the house has internet access. Stay tuned.
Friday, July 26, 2013
There are alot of posts on the web around wmc issues, this list here is general things that I've learned. Overall, the easiest thing to do when you run into Media Center issues that just don't seem to get resolved, a fresh install on Media Center is the way to go.
- go to control panel
- turn on Windows features on
- select Media Center to uninstall
- restart the system
- go to the \ProgramData\Microsoft\eHome directory and deleted everything under eHome to cleanup various tuner issues
- go back to control panel
- turn Media Center back on
- run Media Center and do the necessary
Q: I have a cablecard setup and now I can't get anything but ClearQAM?
A: I found it usually is caused by a firewall issue; need to go into your firewall and unblock UPnP discovery and unblock SSDP.
Q: I'm running the 'Set Up TV signal' in wmc and it hangs on getting setup information; one progress dot and nothing else?
A: usually caused by mcupdate not running; while Media Center is hanging, go to \windows\ehome and run as admin 'mcupdate.exe -u'
Q: What's the system you've got running?
A: An old Lenovo Thinkcentre running Windows 7 64-bit with a Hauppauge DCR-2640 USB dual tuner and cablecard running on Comcast. 7 gb of RAM.
Q: My Xbox360 no longer connects to Media Center?
A; Refresh the extender from the extender options in wmc or delete the connection on the Xbox and recreate the extender connection; get the number, etc.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Find trail maps for Massachusetts
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
I finally got around to installing Windows 8 on an old laptop. I went with a fresh install and had a small issue with a dirty disc, but other than that the install went smoothly and the system came up fine. All the drivers got installed and connected to the network with out issue.
The Metro GUI is definitely following the 'flat' design. I'd agree that it does seem weird to have two UIs and the 'missing start button' is a pain. Switching between Metro applications and regular Windows application is akward. The system does boot up alot faster and seems a bit more responsive than prior Windows on this particular laptop which is a Dell Latitude E4300.