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Topic # 45921 4-Nov-2009 21:41
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my setup was fine for weeks and weeks, haupage dvb-t card for uhf skytower LOS infil.

everything was great. then last night for no reason windows7 decided to bsod, and then fail to start again.

I have a brand new harddrive, so i dont think it was hard drive related, and unfortunatley i cant remeber the bsod. but it failed to start again, and did a "repair startup files" which i let it do, and hten it started fine.

but ever since that time, i cannot watch livetv on windows media center which is VERY ANNOYING.

i tried to set up the tuner again, but when i go into the tv setup it says "windows livetv setup has encountered a serious error blah blah unhelpful crap"

so after trying over and over i just cant get it to work.  its not drivers, or hardware, (ive reinstalld the drivers several times) wintv works fine, and  mediaportal works too, although its not really good enough under windows7 (64) its just a bit flakey and cumbersome.

so does anyone have anyidea how i can restore windows media center to a state where it will attempt to detect my tuner, find it, and let me tune in stuff etc? i suspect becuase it crashed mid viewing it did something bad to itself but i have no clue how to fix it, and no clue how to "reinstall" it if thats even possible. and i REALLY dont want to have to reinstall just to get back to the same situation again 3 months down the track.

any ideas anyone? anything, nomatter how stupid, will be appreciated, as im at my wits end here.

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  Reply # 270174 5-Nov-2009 00:35
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have you tried installing newest drivers d/l from the hauppauge site? or just teh win7 ones? i had prblems with the win7 ones for my dvbs card not recognizing the card
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  Reply # 270177 5-Nov-2009 01:03
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Regs: have you tried installing newest drivers d/l from the hauppauge site? or just teh win7 ones? i had prblems with the win7 ones for my dvbs card not recognizing the card
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thanks regs, i am using the latest drivers from hauppage. the native wintv application works perfectly, as does live tv in mediaportal. its just windows media center has stopped showing live tv, with that "unable to satisfy request, there are no tuners available" error.

searching on the net says running the tv setup again will fix it, but when i try to run the tv setup i get "tv setup has encountered a serious error and cannot continue, please try again" or something to that effect.

so its like a catch 22 or something.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 270187 5-Nov-2009 06:32
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There is a process that resets it (is below) however there is a bug with x64 which causes MC to not run at all after running it. Works correctly on x86.
Have you tried going back to a restore point prior to the crash? Otherwise you could try uninstalling the card from device manager. Running MC then reboot install the card and try MC again.

Go to the task scheduler (Windows Start button, type task) and then drill into microsoft->windows -> media center and then in the middle pane, right click on MediaCenterRecoveryTask and click on Run







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  Reply # 270360 5-Nov-2009 14:50
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thanks very much, I tried removing the card etc, to no avail. also it appears i am not afflicted by the bug you refer to, however that procedure also did not solve the problem :(


if it helps any, windows media center gives the same error message about a serious error when entering the live tv setup even with the tuner uninstalled and removed from the pci slot.

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  Reply # 270422 5-Nov-2009 17:48
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perhaps wintv and/or mediaportal are taking control of the tuner device and preventing MCE from claiming it? can you try uninstalling both of those applications and see if the problem persists? at the very lease, kill any processes or services related to these applications while you are attempting to use MCE




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  Reply # 270520 6-Nov-2009 00:07
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Regs: perhaps wintv and/or mediaportal are taking control of the tuner device and preventing MCE from claiming it? can you try uninstalling both of those applications and see if the problem persists? at the very lease, kill any processes or services related to these applications while you are attempting to use MCE


alas, no :( i tried it with all softeare removed as  part of reinstalling the drivers etc.

It does it even with no tv tuner installed, what it should do is say "no tuner hardware detected" or something similar, but it doesnt, it says "tv setup  has encountered a serious error, please restart media center and try again "

Its something to do with mediacenters config, but i cant fix it, and i really dont want to have to erase and reinstall windows just to get it back. man, i really dont get microsoft products sometimes :(





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  Reply # 270521 6-Nov-2009 00:12
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i did just notice something odd. i have "reset" media center several times, yet it still retains a link to a mapped network drive in the video library. I would have expected if mediacenter was "Reset" it would lose *all* settings? im sure that all that is needed is to restore all registry entries etc to vanilla, but i have non idea how to do this.

perhaps someone who doesnt use media center could export the relevant keys for me to overwrite? or even if there is a list of keys associated with it i could go toy with them? perhaps there is an installed tuner key or something that if i wipe out ?

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  Reply # 270546 6-Nov-2009 08:19
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Perhaps the current problems are to do with the reset bug in 64 bit. I think your easiest option now to get a "fresh" mediacenter setup will be a new clean OS install.



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  Reply # 270710 6-Nov-2009 18:13
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i hate how windows has this whole "house of cards" ethos. its like, somethings broken, oh well. start from scratch.

its like rebuilding your cars engine because you have a flat tyre.



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  Reply # 273334 15-Nov-2009 22:51
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I have solved this issue now.

for the benefit of anyone else who encounters it;


control panel -> programs -> turn windows features on or off -> media -> windows media center

uncheck it. ok.

let it do a bunch of crap, reboot, it does a bunch more crap, done.

reboot, reverse the procedure.

setup live tv.

:)


of course its pointless now cos after being forced to use mediaportal ive decided i like it. especially that it doesnt hammer the crap out of my hard drive on live tv the way windows media center does. even tho it has same sort of buffer length which is odd.

anyway. there you go. simple as hell, im an idiot for not finding it.

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