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Topic # 30601 14-Feb-2009 20:12
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Hi all,

Finally got around to trying Window 7 x64 Media Centre. Wow so easy to set up after all the hoops I had to jump through with Vista x64 (and still didn't get that going!) :-).

I have it mostly working, just a couple of annoying problems I was hoping someone could help me with:

- TV3 Audio cuts out for a second or so every 5 secs or so. Video also sometimes 'jitters'. Watchable but very annoying.
- Only getting EPG data over the wire for TVNZ Sport Extra

Hardware acceleration appears to be working fine, CPU usage isn't an issue. I tried this hack to use ffdshow in Media Centre, but didn't work: http://www.hack7mc.com/2009/02/using-ffdshow-audio-in-media-center.html

Anyone else experienced these problems and/or got a fix?

Windows 7 x64
Intel Core2 Duo 3GHz, 4Gb RAM
Hauppauge HVR2200
NVidia GeForce 8800GTS 512

Michael

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  Reply # 195914 15-Feb-2009 15:56
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Update: Someone in another forum pointed me to this windows update (which is now available via Windows Update):
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c6732673-0ba9-44de-a26f-203d8a07a76f&displaylang=en

This fixed the EPG problem.

I had thought the TV3 problem was on the PC and XBox 360, but it turns out it's only a problem running through the XBox 360 as a media centre extender, PC is actually fine. Anyone else experiencing this?

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  Reply # 195915 15-Feb-2009 16:05
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mjward: I had thought the TV3 problem was on the PC and XBox 360, but it turns out it's only a problem running through the XBox 360 as a media centre extender, PC is actually fine. Anyone else experiencing this?


There are several well reported issues using 360's as extenders.



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  Reply # 195957 15-Feb-2009 21:00
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Well reported in general or well reported here in geekzone? I'm trying to determine if this is a general xbox media centre thing or just specific to NZ Freeview TV3, and if there is anything I can do about it.

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  Reply # 195961 15-Feb-2009 21:18
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mjward: Well reported in general or well reported here in geekzone? I'm trying to determine if this is a general xbox media centre thing or just specific to NZ Freeview TV3, and if there is anything I can do about it.


Both. Well reported in general - thegreenbutton has plenty of posts. There are issues with network dropouts.


As for your comment about EPG - I'm guessing you aren't aware that there is no MHEG5 support and no plans for this so will never be more than now/next using DVB-T. To get an 8 day EPG you'll need to import the data into Windows, there are several apps being worked on to do this since MS released the specifications.




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  Reply # 196016 16-Feb-2009 11:36
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Thanks for the clarification. Doesn't feel like network dropouts to me though - the audio seems to be consistently jittery while the video is perfect. No problems with other channels. However less often the video does suffer as well - this is probably the network dropout issue.

Yeah I'm aware I can't get the MHEG5 data, the problem was that I wasn't getting even the now/next data. However the update sorted that, so is all good now.



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  Reply # 196024 16-Feb-2009 12:05
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Ok found this post at Green Button listing the currently know problems with Windows 7 and Media Centre:
http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/permalink/327036/327921/ShowThread.aspx#327921

This one looks like the problem I'm experiencing:
o    Dolby Digital Audio issue: when streaming TV (live or recorded) to XBOX 360 extender there are audio dropouts every 1-2 seconds when the program audio is in Dolby Digital.  Stuttering audio in dolby

Good to know it's a recognised problem. Hopefully MS will provide a fix eventually.

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