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  #138750 17-Jun-2008 15:52
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ok never again!!!

I just spent 6 uninterupated hours installing XP Pro SP3 only to find that realtek drivers arnt supported in sp3. so i had to reformat and install XP Pro SP2 then install the drivers then update to SP3, there are so many more steps involved in getting mediaportal to work with XP Pro SP3 then in the end it kept on crashing on me ahhhh!!! <headache>

So i'm going back to Vista 64 again!

HTPC / Home automation (home assistant) enthusiast.

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  #138755 17-Jun-2008 16:13
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ok just to make matters worse, i find that xpress recovery has decided to kill my 650gb partition with all my media on it =(

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  #138782 17-Jun-2008 17:28
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...we're feeling your pain! Yell

Good luck, hope you're able to recover that partition somehow.

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  #138807 17-Jun-2008 19:49
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BarneyC: @argo you're always going to need something under your TV, or at least until they release TV's with uPNP clients built right in.

BUT that something could be a PC, an apple iTV, a Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, my Nokia N95-8Gb or something like a popcorn hour device. The list is pretty long.

The important thing is that if it isn't a native running Media Portal client (i.e. a PC of some description) then you will need to install some third party plugins onto the TVServer and have a set top box that supports whatever streaming protocol the plugin puts out.

Personally - given the network and space I would stick a big old TVServer with multiple disks and tuner cards in a cupboard and have either iTV or Shuttle type machines connected by gigabit ethernet.

After getting MP RC1 running to my satisfaction, I have moved the HTPC out from under the Plasma and into my AV cupboard.  It is now connected via a 10m HDMI cable, and operated via an IR extender and a cordless keyboard.  Out of sight and no noise (++WAF) and has given me the opportunity to matrix it with the BR player and HDD-DVDR and output to either plasma or projector.  Next step is HDMI baluns connected with 2xCat5e cables to several other locations in the house.  So I disagree, it is possible to not have anything under your TV (and a better chance at domestic bliss).

Areas of Geek interest: Home Theatre, HTPC, Android Tablets & Phones, iProducts.

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