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Topic # 26052 10-Sep-2008 17:44
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Hi All,


I have a couple of glitches with my HTPC that i'd like to resolve before putting it into "full production" as such. I.e., sticking it in the lounge and getting my wife to use it exclusively.

1/
Channel changes are a glitchy. When changing channels, the picture will freeze for a second - then swap channels - then stutter 2 or 3 times before getting back in sync.

2/
Going into sleep works, coming out of sleep works - however, upon resuming from sleep Media Portal crashes. I'm running the latest SVN.

3/
No matter what I try, I can't get prime working properly. As soon as I change the channel to my prime one - MP hangs for AGES. Sometimes it just breaks, other times it returns something along the lines of no data.. it's really unstable. Yes - I've setup my hybrid cards correctly, and yes - i've ordered them in order to try and resolve. Any other thoughts here?

I'd like to keep startup times as quick as possible too, so trying to avoid the option to delay startup of tuners and stuff would be beneficial.


Also - furthering on point 2 above, when resuming - can mediaportal be configured to automatically start the TV again? I want it to work similar to how our current tuner works - i.e., you turn on it on and there's the TV! Generally the wife will just hit the power button while TV is running when she's done watching, if this helps with resolutions.


So - any help would be mucho apreciated! :)

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Craig.

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  Reply # 163550 10-Sep-2008 17:55
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Cadriel:

2/
Going into sleep works, coming out of sleep works - however, upon resuming from sleep Media Portal crashes. I'm running the latest SVN.


In MediaPortal options you can force MediaPortal to restart when waking up from sleep. Obviously this adds time to the waking up process but i think it is pretty much necessary for all setups.

Cadriel:
Also - furthering on point 2 above, when resuming - can mediaportal be configured to automatically start the TV again? I want it to work similar to how our current tuner works - i.e., you turn on it on and there's the TV! Generally the wife will just hit the power button while TV is running when she's done watching, if this helps with resolutions.


Again, in MP options I think under Television it can be configured to start fullscreen TV from startup. Or you could try the 'Remember last position' setting in the general settings page.

Let me know if you have difficulty finding any of these settings and I will post screenshots.



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  Reply # 163592 10-Sep-2008 20:04
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Hi Amphibem,

Yep - know of those settings. I think the restart option helps - but doesn't resolve the initial crash upon resume.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 163593 10-Sep-2008 20:07
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Oh well thats all I could think of. I don't actually sleep my HTPC as I havn't got the time to get it all working (remote+auto sleep) properly, so it just runs 24/7.



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  Reply # 163612 10-Sep-2008 21:05
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Trust my luck. Turns out that if I turn OFF the auto-restart on resume, and turn OFF the return to last section option - and remove all delay's, it works on resume.

I suspect the crash was due to MediaPortal trying to resume TV playback upon resuming. Anyway, that issues is now fixed. Would have been nice to resume straight into TV - but I guess that's a wish for later. :)

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  Reply # 163616 10-Sep-2008 21:11
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Good to here you got some sort of resolution, and at least you don't have to wait 30 seconds for MediaPortal to start up from resume everytime!




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  Reply # 163996 12-Sep-2008 14:20
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For those that are interested:

1/ The stuttering channel changes.
I turned off system restore on all of my partitions and drives, and set Vista Basic as my theme instead of Aero. Channel glitches are now mostly gone. This worked with both the powerdvd codec and the arcsoft one. It's infact fixed the minor artifacting I was getting on the powerdvd codec too.

2/ Sleep / Resume issues.
These issues were all over the show, intermittent - and really hard to diagnose. Instead, try this tool:
http://slicksolutions.eu/mst.shtml
It's called the MCE Standby Tool. It's incredibly useful, and has resolved most (if not all) of my issues.

3/ Prime issues.
Still not resolved.

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Craig.

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