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Q: J. River Media Center Video Playback

J. River Media Center?

I would like to know how to play videos in j. river media center 13, 12 or 14 in normal mode and not big screen or bottom/left side mini tabbed mode? Where in the tools or settings or options section should I go and what should I select or de-select to be able to do this? I am using a normal screen skin, the default for the program. I need help fast. Please assist.

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A week ago I was downgrading the video card in my HTPC from a Radeon HD 4870 to HD4850 to use the 4870 in a crossfire setup in a gaming pc. After installing the HD4850 in the HTPC it started freezing during while using Media Center- especially during video playback or live tv viewing. I have Hauppage 2250 and 950Q
tv tuner cards installed though at the moment they are removed so I can try to isolate the issue. After switching back to the original HD4870 and doing a fresh install of Win7 on a new hard drive the computer still freezes during video playback. I just learned about this forum, so I am hoping someone can help me out. I've attached my BSOD files below. Thanks!

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed OEM version on a home built HTPC.
The hardware is 3 years old. I reinstalled the OS 2 days ago on a new hard drive .

A:Win 7 freezes on video playback in media center

Without digging through all that debug info it would be much easier if you just described the problem. I'm guessing it's codec related without digging through that mass of debug info.

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Hello everyone, I have a problem that is driving me crazy. I am able to access all my channels when viewing them on my Windows 7 laptop using Media Center. When I hook up a HDMI cable to the laptop and connect it to my TV I get the following error.."display driver error the video playback device does not support playback of protected content". I have updated the video card drivers and this issue still persists. Does anyone have any ideas to solve this. I am using a HDHomerun Prime and this is the only way I have to watch live TV on my TV. Thanks in advance for everyone's help

A:Windows Media Center display driver error the video playback device does not support

"display driver error the video playback device does not support playback of protected content"

Infers the content/media that you are playing is protected and/or the HDCP handshake is not taking place. This is likely a hardware issue. The video chipset (ie: HDMI port) or the TV does not support HDCP.

Try viewing a different channel or content.

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Hello, I bought a new HP TouchSmart IQ506 today and have been trying to get windows media player to play ogg files. I tried the xiph.org ogg for both 32 and 64 bit and neither of them worked. I also tried the latest ffdshow tryouts and the normal ffdshow package. WIndows media player will not import them into the library and it won't play them if I try to open them individually. Also, the TouchSmart software won't recognize them either and has no manual way to add music files as far as I know. You can either choose the "TouchSmart library" option or the "iTunes library" option. I installed all of those filters by being under an admin account, right clicking on the installer and choosing the "run as adminastrator" option. What is going on, has Microsoft blocked use of the codecs with the latest updates or something or is this all an issue with 64 bit? Thank you.

A:Media playback in Vista 64 bit media center editon; I am using an HP TouchSmart IQ506

Are you sure that ffdshow contains a decoder for Vorbis .ogg files. WMP by default only contains codecs for windows media files.

I would try K-lite codecs or Vobis codecs from here: http://www.free-codecs.com/Vorbis_Ogg_ACM_download.htm

You might also try vlc media player from here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/. It has bult-in codecs for just about everything unlike WMP.

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I have a simple network built out of the following:

1 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Media Center
2 Xbox 360s
1 Synology DiskStation NAS

Everything is connected to a gigabit switch over cat5e. Obviously, the connections to the XBoxes are not gigabit, but the connection between Media Center and NAS is.

My issue is this. I have all my media stored on the NAS, and I can watch it just fine using my Media Center when I view it directly through the Media Center (connected to my plasma tv). The trouble is that when I try to access movies using either of the Xboxes as media center extenders... the movies won't play. The files are m4v.

Is this network related? Obviously, Media Center can play m4v as I can do it right on the server.

Thank you!

A:Playback issue with media center + 360

Nope, it's not network related. It's an issue with the XBOX not supporting MP4, I believe. I found this:

The Media Center Blog: Want to play MP4 movies via the XBOX 360 dashboard streamed from WMP11?

Maybe that will help.

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it actually switches between 2 scenes very quickly about twice a sec. the current scene and the previous scene. In media player it plays fine but my remote doesn't work with this app. so that wont work either since i payed so much $ for vista ultimate 64 bit so i could have a nice media machine. if i don't get this fixed I'm gonna have sell my computer to save up and buy a Mac. my friend has one and has 0 problems and I'm jealous. lol

gigabyte GA-PA35-DS3L M.B.
core2duo E4600 [email protected]
4 GIG KINGSTON PC [email protected]
500GB HD

A:dvd playback choppy in media center

Have you changed any settings in Media Centre? Try re-clocking your cpu back to stock speed.

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Is there anyway to get a blue ray movie to play in WMC? I have Power dvd ultra 7.3 HD suite installed and updated but it still doesnt let me play it in WMC. How can I fix this?

A:BluerRay Playback in Media Center

No, Blu-ray will not play back in MCE.
MCE and Media Player lack the necessary codecs and AACS/BD+ decryption Keys that are required for Blu-ray playback.

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Hi folks,

I just finished setting up my Media Center on Vista Home Premium, got all the latest drivers and SP1 and updates.

DVD playback is giving me some trouble though, and I've resorted to playing them on my 4-5 year old DVD player instead, which is just plain stupid when I have this whole machine set up with Vista Media Center.

I've experienced several problems:
1) No sound.

I have the sound card stereo cable going into the back of the TV, it's possible that VMC isn't downsampling the 5.1 audio to stereo and that it's outputting it over a different port.

2) Drive noise

VMC spins up the drive, as if it's buffering up, then slows it down, then spins it up again, then slows down. It's really annoying as you can imagine. Is there a way to make it read the DVD video disc at a constant, lower speed? Say 2x or 4x ?

3) Jittery image

When played on a standalone player the DVD is fine. However on Vista Media Center it's a bit "jumpy". You can see this quite clearly for example on the credits, text appears (for example film title) and it's jittery, moving up and down a tiny bit. On the standalone player its perfectly stable.

4) Image colors

There's a warning text at the start of the DVD, the general copyright thing. The background is blue on a standalone player, but when played through VMC it's pink?! Definitely too much red on the output.

Does anyone know how to fix these things?

A:Vista Media Center DVD Playback problems

Hi Dezmond, and welcome to the forums

Although WMC should work "out of the box" due to the vast range of encoding methods I've found that WMC often needs a little help,

I use the Vista Codec Pack available Here and found that it plays all the file types I use

as for the sound output yo may want to right click on the speaker icon in the tray and select the Playback Devices option which will allow you to fine tune your sound system.

another option to check your settings are correct is to use a different player to Payback DVD and see if it works correctly, one I can recommend is VLC have a look Here

hope this helps

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I just bought a HP S3220N ( http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/HP-P...92792/catOid/-12962/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do ), and i am very happy with it, but when i am in media center i don't want to have the play back function for live tv. (right now i can rewind, and pause live tv) But i don't need these functions. The main reason is that the hard drive is always running (kinda worried that this will cut down on the life of the hard drive) recording the show when we don't want it to.

I guess if i am not able to turn off this function, should i be worried about the hard drive and how long it will last? I am hoping this computer will last for many years.

Thank you

A:turn off playback function in media center


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I have a Dell E510 with Windows XP Media Center. I have two internal DVD players on the computer. Both have worked perfectly in the past. A few months ago they both stopped playing all DVDs. I wasn't worried about it until now as I need to burn a DVD. Both DVD players play CDs just fine and the DVD+RW will burn CDs. DVDs are recognized in Windows Explorer only on the DVD-ROM drive (no playback though). Nothing on the DVD+RW drive, just blicking green light.

The DVD drives are:

Sony DVD-ROM DDU1615



I have Windows Media Player 11 and Media Center.

The error from Windows Media Center is "The DVD may be in use by another application. If all other applications are closed, the display resolution may need to be lowered or the display connection type may not support playback of the DVD."

The error message from Windows Media Player is "Windows Media Player cannot play this DVD because there is a problem with digital copy protection between your DVD drive, decoder, and video card. Try installing an updated driver for your video card."

I went windows homepage and looked for an updated driver but did not find one. I also looked on Dell website no luck.

Any help is appreciated.

A:DVD Playback not working for DVD-ROM and DVD+RW players XP Media Center

You could find out what IDE channel the drives are on, go to Device Manager , Right click on the Channel and Uninstall it. Reboot & the channel and everything connected to it will be picked up & reinstalled automatically.

This often helps.

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I got a new PC with Windows Media Center Edition on it. Everything on it is working fantastic, except when I'm actually using it like it is meant to - like a PVR.

What happens is it plays fine when watching live tv, if I pause it to go do something and come back and resume, it will play fine for a while, and then it will start to skip, sort of like a scratched dvd (except it won't skip backward), and sometimes it will lose audio. Pausing and unpausing sometimes fixes the small ones, completely stopping and then hitting play will fix the larger ones.

Surely this isn't how it behaves naturally, otherwise I imagine Microsoft wouldn't sell any Media Center Edition copies.

Now everything on this computer is 100% legal, all the hardware (its a branded pc, HP), all the software, everything is legal, so no blaming it on illegal stuff. The rest of the specs are as follows:

3.0Ghz Pentium D
1 Gig RAM
250 Gig SATA 7200rpm HD
Some hauppage capture card, modified for HP no doubt.
ATi x300 vid card

So there is no reason that this computer should lag with TV playback, this isn't even HD tv, its just normal.

Now before any of you young guys that have awesome hardware start telling me my vid card or my ram isn't good enough, or even the processor, I'll tell you why it should be more than enough: I also record tv with SageTV on a 1Ghz Athlon Thunderbird processor with 512megs of PC133 RAM over an ata66 interface with absolutely no p... Read more

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I have searched and been unable to find any information about this problem.

When going to the Media Center I sometimes notice that my recording has been broken into two different files.

for example:
When trying to record movie XYZ(120 minute run time) off a cable channel
There will be two(or three recorded files) files labeled XYZ. One with a 20 minute run time and one with a 100 minute run time.(time amounts may vary)

Often when I try to play these broken files(Many times while trying to play a complete file too) my Media Center freezes up and I have to go to the task manager to shut Media Center down. If I try to watch the file again the player will freeze up again.(each time the file is played.)

What causes this and is there any way to correct the problem or repair the files?

Thank you in advance for any help you may give. (And Merry Christmas)

A:Media Center Freezes during playback of recorded TV / Broken files

Your hard drive probably needs to be defragmented.

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I recently tried to play a DvD and i didn't see any video but i did hear audio, this happened with ONE of the Avi videos i had and every other DvD i play, i don't understand why, it always worked before.

i would really appreciate if someone could help me.

A:No Video but audio playback with W.Media.

Have you installed any codecs? Stay away from "codec packs". Most are junk and have many you will never use, anyway.

One good one that will play almost all avi's is:

FFDShow DirectShow Codec

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hi, i would appreciate any help.

I have been having trouble playing back video files in windows media centre. playback is very "shuddery" (if thats a word!). every 3-5 seconds or so, the vid will jerk/stutter/shudder. Yet when i play the same video file in windows media player it works perfectly. is this a codec poblem or something else?? i assumed that if my codecs work on WMP it would work for WMC.

Also, most of the video files on my storage device do not show thumbnails in WMC yet they do in WMP.

Any suggestions welcome.
Many thanks.

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When i play a video clip (of a band i took with my digital camera) the sound is ok but it is out of syncronization with the video.
Im using Windows XP Pro, and Media Player 10.
Thanks Ron.

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I recently installed Windows Service Pack 2, actually three times after reinstating my computer software to the original state by erasing and reinstalling the full software install CD on my computer's hard drive for Window XP Home. I have no problems playing games with my new FX 5200 Ultra video card by BFG, but I am at random times getting the annoying green screen that blanks out my videos I am streaming or playing(happens when I am streaming more often). Then after that happens usually, the computer reboots or shuts off. I never had this happen before. My computer's memory tests ok so why can I play games with this never happening but when I am streaming or watching video through Windows Media Player, etc do I get the "green screen blankout" and then often the shutdown of my computer? I have 512 MB of system memory and 128 MB of video memory! I use System Mechanic and it shows I have at least half of my memory even during playback so what is the problem here? I can attach my system computer file of my information if you like in an e-mail if it will help. AND YES I HAVE THE DIVX CODECS. I thought about that to and uninstalled and reinstalled them with the same random problems. PLEASE HELP ME. This is really annoying.

A:Green screen during random points of media or video playback

Might be a long shot but try this:

On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Performance tab.

In the Video acceleration area, move the slider to turn down or turn off video acceleration.

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I have been receiving glitchy playback with a lot of videos ever since getting this laptop. I have an example on youtube: Video Playback Glitching? - YouTube

Everything you need to know is in the video.

A:GMA HD Video Playback Glitching (Youtube, windows media player etc.)


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I have Windows 8 Pro with Windows Media Center installed. It appears that Windows Media Center will not play back blu-ray DVDs.
Is it that Windows Media Center in Windows 8 Pro will not play blu-ray DVDs at all or is it simply a question of missing codecs?

A:Blu-ray playback on Windows 8 Pro/Windows Media Center

Just as it was with Windows 7, you need a separate program to play Blu Ray.
On Sat, 3 Nov 2012 04:36:11 +0000, Satrajit Das wrote:
>I have Windows 8 Pro with Windows Media Center installed. It appears that Windows Media Center will not play back blu-ray DVDs.

>Is it that Windows Media Center in Windows 8 Pro will not play blu-ray DVDs at all or is it simply a question of missing codecs?

Barb Bowman

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This does not happen all the time but, when i start Windows Media Center Live TV or recorded TV the video flashes and goes in slow motion along with the audio. Any clues? Thanks


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Which software of Media Centers, digital video recorders (to record and program, schedule TV broadcasts) on your computer (with TV-Card) vía cable are to recommend?

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I have finally been able to set up my GameCube to the TV feature in Media Center, but there's a lag between the GameCube and the computer or screen. There is approx. 1-2 seconds lag. Normally, it wouldn't bug me until much later when I get impatient, but any gamer knows that it's pretty much impossible to play a video game with a lag, even if it's a second. Any advice?

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I have Windows Media Center 2002 as my operating system on a Dell XPS400. I have suddenly lost the video when Iplay a DVD with Media Center. I have used Windows Media Player, Power DVd and Dell Sonic Cineplayer and they all work fine. is there a fix that can bring back the video???? The Media Center plays videos fine but not the DVD////

Help !!!!!

A:No DVD Video in Windows Media Center

Sounds like something replaced your default mpeg2 codec. Download DECCHECK http://www.google.com/search?q=decc...ient=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official
and use it to select a compatable mpeg2 codec as the default.

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When trying to burn some recorded shows to DVD in Media Center, I get a "Burning Failed" message. I tried in DVD Maker as well, and after it finishes encoding the clip, the burning fails. Burning Data DVD's/CD's works fine.

Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Media Center won't burn a Video DVD

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In the UK, running Windows Media Center Edition Version 2002 with Service Pack 3 installed.

When I start the media centre thing and try the live tv, which has worked previously, the little tv screen in the bottom left corner starts but then locks up with 'video error' reported. This completely locks the media software and I have to use crtl-alt-del to get out of it.

The patches on Microsoft's site won't load and I can't find any advice anywhere else. Seem to remember that the error, which is quite old now, started after I downloaded some updates, ages ago.

Any help appreciated otherwise I'm tempted to reload everything from scratch (or buy a tv ha ha!).


A:media center video error

Have you tried uninstalling, then reinstalling...the video drivers for the capture device/TV?

Should be visible somewhere in Device Manager...will not be the system display drivers. Look for something like "multimedia controller".


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Recently I've started having problems with video playback in media center.
I've tried different sources (USB HDD and SATA HDD) with the same result; the video suffers from horrible stutter. The audio is OK though.
Playback in media player is OK, but has poor sound quality instead (distorted).
VLC player is all good except scaling issues.

Is it possible to adjust buffering in media center, since that obviously seems to be the issue.

Note: It used to be good, but suddenly it has become an issue. Maybe a silent update to windows has done something.
I have disabled almost all windows features, like ready boost, indexing etc - no improvement

GFX - GeForce 8800
CPU - Core2Duo 2.8 Ghz
Does anyone have a clue to what this might be



A:Video Stuttering in media center

I suspect it may be something you have installed recently that may be causing this particular problem.

Review anything you have installed recently that may be related to video (eg codecs, dvd player firmware etc)

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I bought a WinTv video card/PVR package a while back. It is a Hauppauge video card, nothing fancy. It has a NCST tuner. I am not going to use a cable box. The card works well with the WinTv program, but I recently upgraded my OS to MS XP Media Center Edition. I have MCE on another computer and I love it. I am not sure how to configure MCE to recognize the video card. Anyone have suggestions?

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Was wondering if anybody else had the problem I'm having. Just bought Acer x1200 miniPC. Here are the specs

Athlon 4850e 64x2
3GB ram
320Gb HD
Came with HDMI built onto MB (Nvidia Geforce 8200) opted to go with PCI-E ATI Raddeon 4550 with HDMI because Nvidia would not scale to fit screen.
Running Windows 7 Build 7264 32-bit

The problem I am having is I have alot of HD movies in mkv format and pretty much all of them play except for the higher bitrate 1080p movies.
They will play fine in MPC but will become pixelated and choppy when playing in Windows Media Player or Media Center. I like the media center because its easier for me to search and play movies with the remote.

I have tried the Shark codec pack, I tried VLC and also PowerDVD. What's wierd is that in order for it to work in MPC I had to use and older version of K-lite codec pack. If I use a recent pack (like from the last couple of months) then it will also be pixelated in MPC.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Choppy video in Media Center but not MPC

I know a long time ago I had problems with codecs, I think somewhere you can change the priority but I don't remember how all that works I've never had problems since.

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Does anyone know an easier way to switch video inputs in Media Center? I'm running an HP Quad core with Nvidea TV tuner. The computer has 2 separate video inputs for either s-vhs or composite video. In order to switch from the tv tuner to a video input, or from video 1 to video 2, you have to go through multiple screens and spend 5 minutes reconfiguring the card. Nvidea was of no help. Their answer? "We just make the chips, we don't write the software. Contact HP." HP doesn't have the slightest idea how their product works (or doesn't) and blames everything on Microsoft.

Anyway, I'm trying to find something that will let me access the video inputs without using media center. Gotta say that this HP is easily the worst computer I have ever owned, and I've owned a LOT of computers!


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Ok this one has me stumped! I Bought a TV Tuner card (Asus PH3-100) I have been trying several different PVR software to see what i like best, i started with the the software that comes with the tuner, it was horrible, so then i tried Media center and i liked it, but the files were just huge so i tried a few more and didn't like them either and decided to go back to Media Center but now when i go to Live TV the video is grey, i uninstalled and deleted both my video card drivers and codecs and then re-installed, still grey. Anyone have any ideas or do they alteast know which codec media center uses? My system is Vista 64bit.

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Whenever I try to open a video file with Windows Media Center, a message pops-up saying " VIDEO ERROR - Files needed to display video are not installed or not working correctly. Please restart Media Center and/or restart the computer." I did restart the computer, and installed my graphics drivers. It still does not work. What should I do?

A:Windows Media Center Video Error

First undo any other application as being the default player, eg: Divx, ITunes, RealPlayer, Quicktime, VLC Player......
 etc  etc.
search your documents find Videos and delete or move ones you do not wish to be displayed in windows media centres library.
Remember Windows Media Center runs off the MEDIA PLAYER LISTINGS so do it from there. open Videos in MEDIA PLAYER LIBRARY. be sure to remove any DIVX Videos and put them in a seperate location, even though MEDIA PLAYER will play them where as WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER does not have the codec, and will have trouble creating thumbnails.
Some may be experiencing a problem when going into WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER/ VIDEO LIBRARY. you will most probably see it shutdown saying it has stopped working and is trying to find a solution...well it won't it will only restart media centre again and the same thing occurs, just cancel the solution message.
You have to choose whether or not you like MEDIA PLAYER OR MEDIA CENTER for your video files, i have a few divx files and vob files and avi and mpeg movies on my PC and found especially if i removed the divx, and Vob Files out of the MEDIA PLAYER / VIDEOS folder it works fine, i just use Media Player to play Divx in the MEDIA PLAYER LIBRARY.
I have opened the Windows Media Center after doing this and MEDIA CENTERS VIDEO LIBRARY works fine with Mpeg, and Avi and Quicktime.
However open other types with their own programs or MED... Read more

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I have a Sony DSC-W290 digital camera that take HD video in 720P with the extension of "MP4". I can play the files on my computer with QuickTime player, but when I try to play them with Windows Media Center on the same PC, it says "Cannot play video. One or more codecs required to play this content cannot be found." The first time I tried to play these in Media Center, it downloaded a codec first before attempting to play, but it still cannot play them. How can I make Media Center play these video files?


A:Playing MP4 video files with Media Center

Try to convet the mp4 to WAV, then play the wav file you converted to and see what happens.
I think this is a trial but you can find other free ones at http://download.com

MP4 to WAV - Convert MP4 to WAV, MP4 to WAV Converter, MP4 to WAV Conversion

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I am now having problems with my Media Center 2005. I have had my computer for 3 years and never had this problem. Now when I open MC I get:

ehExtHost.exe - Common Language Runtime Debugging Services
Application has generated an exception that could not be handled

Process id=0xd74 (3444), Thread id=0xf98 (3992)

Ok - Term
Cancel - Debug.

Then after that when I go to MY TV and try to watch Live TV or Recorded TV I get:

Video Error - Files needed to display video are not installed or not working correctly. Please restart MC or Computer.

I have do this several times and it still does not work.

A few weeks ago I was having issues and came to the Board with them, if that will help to look at that thread and see if that has anything to do with what is going on.

Please Help!!!

A:Video Error Media Center 2005

hello ,

do you have your Windows Xp software installation cd/dvd / not the restore cd's that normally get shiped with some sytems

If you do

performing a (sfc) system file checker

It is a scan that checks the core files of the (os) operating system and replaces then if they are corrupt or missing with the correct original version


#1 then select (run) , then press enter
a window will open
#2 type in ( cmd ) then press enter
another window will open
#3 type in ( sfc )then press enter
another window will open
#4 type in (sfc /scannow ) then press enter ( notice the space between the (sfc & /)
now a scan will start , have your (Windows XP software disk ready ) your pc may ask for this disc when it starts or during the scan( so you must sit with the pc while this scan functions ) , if it does then incert the cd into one of your cd/rom/player's , your pc will then reconnize it and continue , you will then have to minimize the splash screen for the cd to see the scan , when the scan is finished you will need to close the cd and all open windows , then remove the cd

you will then need to do a ( Disk Cleanup ) , then empty the caches & temp files thru the (Internet Options) , then do a defrag

then reboot , then reboot / restart your pc

then do a defrag again after the reboot

then get back to us


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I have this strange problem with my media center. Whenever I try to use the 'burn Video DVD' in the media center, nothing really happens. When I select a recorded program to burn on DVD, the program starts. After a perhaps 1 hour or burning, my DVD writer opens with the new written DVD.
However, when I try to play this new dvd I notice that nothing is written on the DVD? I even takes vista a very long time to recognise the DVD...
Does anybody know why this is happening?

I run Vista 64 on a AMD Athlon 64 (3200) on a MSI K8T Neo motherboard with 2 GB Ram. My DVD writer is a Samsung WriteMaster. I can be a lack of space, because I have 500GB free on my HD.
Anybody an idea?



A:problem burning video DVD in Media Center

go investigate clone dvd at the SlySoft Products | Copy Movie DVDs with AnyDVD and CloneDVD website. not much experience at burning in wmp. other than that check out pinnacle 11, made vista compatible. I guess it depends upon the type of media you are trying to burn.

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I have a great laptop I wanted to setup to just watch movies with Media Center which will be networked to my media server. MS Media Center will not work as it requires DirectX9. THe video card is ATI radeon Mobility 7500 which does not support DirectX9. I have been researching altenatives to MS Media Center and they allseem to require DirectX9. I have looked into a driver modifier but unsure of how that will work.

Any Ideas?

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So i have "Windows XP Media Center Edition" on laptop but when using media center for dvd's and recorded TV its really jolty.

"2 seconds play..minipause..2 seconds play.."

(it's playing avi etc.fine though.)

I've played dvd's in media player and real and they work fine?
whats going on in media center?

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I tried this on a forum specific to Media Center and got 0 responses, so I'm going out on a limb here, but figured I'd ask.

What happens is I can watch Live TV just fine, if I pause the tv then resume it works fine, until I decide to fast foward or rewind. Once I hit play again (same thing happens with >>| ) the video locks and the audio goes on for about 1 second, then the audio stops, and the video goes back to playing. The fix is to hit Stop, and then select Resume. But that isn't very convienient, and its unacceptable.

On my search of the other forum (thegreenbutton.com) I came up with one guy that had a similar problem and the same "fix", and a suggestion was that Nero had taken over the video decoder. I have Nero, so I downloaded and installed the util to check the decoder status, and none were set to preferred. So I set it to InterVideo Video Decoder (ivimcevx.ax which was compatable with MP10 and MCE. But the problem still exists.

Anyone else have any ideas?

Windows Media Center Edition 2005
Core 2 Duo E6400
Hauppage PVR 150MCE
nVidia 7800GS

A:Video hangs after timeshifting in Media Center

Figured it out. Turns out that even though the InterVideo Video Decoder (ivimcevx.ax was checked compatable by the DECCHECK.EXE utility it was the source of the problems. I had a copy of PowerDVD lying around which installs the Cyberlink mpeg2 codec, once I chose that one the problem cleared up.

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I just built a new system using the Sony BDU-X10S blu-ray player. Blu-Ray plays fine using the PowerDVD Ultra software. However, if I try to play a plain DVD using PowerDVD Ultra or Windows Media Player, I get a message that my resolution needs to be lower in order to play the DVD due to copy protection (PowerDVD Ultra), or just that my resolution needs to be lower (Windows Media). If I try to play the DVD in Media Center, when the DVD starts playing, I get totally scrambled lines as if the refresh rate is incorrect (which I suspect it is).

I can set the resolution to 1980x1080 and down to 1024x768, but no lower. I can set it to 1080i, but not 768p.

This PC is hooked up to a Philips 1080i CRT television using the RGB outputs from an nVidia 8600GTS 512MB card.

Any ideas on how I can get the DVD to work? I had it working for a brief 10 minutes using Media Center when I first started, but I've obviously botched something up.

There are no problems playing downloaded video, internet TV, or HDTV via PCI tuner

Any suggestions?


Asus A8N-SLI
Athlon X2 4600+
EVGA e-Geforce 8600GTS 512MB PCI-e - HDCP enabled
HDTV Tuner card

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Vista Home Premium SP2
In the past, I have used WMC to record some television programs. It's been many months (perhaps over a year) since I've used WMC, but tonight I went back to view some of those old recorded programs. I found that WMC will display the videos' information correctly and will play the audio of the videos correctly, but the video itself is simply a black screen. I tried some of the sample videos that are loaded with WMC and they too will play the audio but not the video.

I suspect there's a codec issue here, but need help understanding what to do.

Possible related issues: Not sure it these are related, but there are 2 other issues I am aware of. First, my browser will not play embeded video (audio yes but video is black just like WMC). I can view YouTube clips from the main site, but never embedded video. Second, the most recent security update for .NET 1.1 SP1 will not install. I just get an error code 643.

One last note, I did upgrade my video card a year ago and can't remember whether I ever used WMC after that change. Could the problem be related to this?

Can you help?

A:Media Center video not playing correctly

Manually update/reinstall the video drivers.

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So when i try to watch recorded TV programs or watch videos. I get an error what says: Video error files needed to display video are not installed or not working correctly. Please restart Media Center and/or restart the computer. I have restart both. Not work. I have read severals forums and update drivers and uninstall drivers and do everything what there has been. But nothing. I know that this isn't new thread. All thread what i've been looking aren't helping. So need help. I have Windows 7 (32-bit), Ati Radeon HD 5670 1gb video card, 4000gb ram, AMD Athlon (tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+ 2.1 ghz (maybe) 2 CPU's. Its been working before and im not do any big changes to my computer. Only thing what i do is that i installed Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas. Also im getting that error called Blue Screen pretty often now if i dont do anything on my computer. I think those have some connection.

A:Windows Media Center Video error

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Hope someone can help, I've been unable to figure this one out. I've got a HP computer that has Windows Media Center Edition installed. My problem is as follows. When viewing videos (wmv, avi, mpeg, etc.) using the Media Center, I'm able to view them full screen, small screen, whatever. But when I try to view them using Window Media Player, the image doesn't fit the screen or the Player. By this, I mean, it looks as if it is playing full screen, but I'm only able to view the upper corner of the video or the middle section of the video. It seems stretched out or at a higher resolution than the player window. I've tried adjusting the video size, screen size, screen to fit video, video to fit screen. It doen't work in any of these senarios. Even watching streaming video online doesn't play at the proper size. Any suggestions or help? I don't know what to try next...

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My Fios tv plan is up for renewal and am planning on cancelling it and setting up a media center pc. I have an older pentuim 4 pc with 2 GBs of ram and would like to use that. I have a tv tuner picked out and now just need to decide on a graphics card. It needs to be under $30, have HDMI out and be quiet. The output will be going to a 42" HD Tv.
Any thoughts on good video cards? Also, on a similar note, any ideas for free internet video services?


A:Advise on video card for media center pc

Short of used your chances of finding a card with HDMI out for that low are next to zero. Would help to know what kind of slot is on the motherboard, as if it is AGP then the chances drop to less than zero.

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Just installed vista x64 SP1 with all latest updates, installed latest Shark codecs and K-lite codecs.
Have no problem playing video files in Media player, but the same video files are not properly played in MediaCenter. They blink from time to time. It looks like a problem with codec, but after installing Shark and K-lite codec packs the problem still the same.
May be Media center gets different codec. How do I change it?
Any idea?

My second question is:
How do you add extra programs to Media center in vista x64?
In XP MCE 2005 you could just drag desired program to the start button and prop it there and it would end up in MCE.
It doesn't allow to the same in Vista MCE.
If you drag the program to start button it will open MCE, but you won't find the added program in MCE.
Could you help?


A:Problem playing video in Media Center

It might be helpful to know more about the system in order to determine the solution. Onboard video or added graphics card?

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I added Media Center feature and tried to play VOB video. I double clicked the file and the Windows Media Player said there is no video in the library. I added it to the library but still no avail. What could be wrong with this W8 or add-on WMC?

A:W8 with Media Center fails to play VOB video

Hi there
Not quite an answer to your question but a get around.

Download VLC (Free) from videolan -- plays almost every known Video (And Audio) codec in the known universe. Excellent FREE player.

VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

Forget Windows MC if I were you.


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Last week I recieved a new Dell Studio Slim 540s Desktop factory equipped with a Hauppauge 1250 TV tuner. The computer is running Vista SP1 Ultimate 64 bit operating system. I went through the set up instructions and found that the Live TV video and audio being feed to my 47" LCD screen TV by Windows Media Center was choppy. BlueRay disc, DVD and music file playback are all fine. I uninstalled the ATI Radeon HD 3450 video card and connected the HDMI cable directly to the HDMI cable outlet on the motherboard and I still had choppy video and audio. While the video card was uninstalled I attached a 20' flat panel LCD monitor to the motherboards VGA port using the monitors VGA cable and still had the problem. Only Live TV through Windows Media Center is problematic. I have spent 3 hours online with Dell tech support and after they had tried all they could think to try they suggested I reset the computer operating perameters to the factory settings and told me they would call within 48 hours to ensure the problem was fixed. I did as they suggested and the problem was not fixed. After 72 hours and no call from Dell I called Dell tech support and spent another 2 hours without any positive results. The call resulted in the Dell support technition sugesting that I have my local cable system operator check the cable signal and connections. I had the local cable operator send out a couple of technitions to check the signal going to my system and they found no issues. Th... Read more

A:choppy video and audio using Media Center

For what this is worth, I had a similar problem with Vista Ultimate 32 bit, on a home built system - quad core with 4 gig ram etc etc
After 3 months of struggling to get live TV to function, a friend who works for a software company suggested that I try increasing the size of my virtual memory.
He suggested tripling it - since i have a 320 gig HD I increased the size to 16 gig.
Now the live TV functions perfectly.
It's worth a try - you have nothing to lose.

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I have an HP media center PC, and when I watch tv/record live TV

the picture is very dark. like Im trying to watch the show "24" and in the dark scense, its very hard to see whats going on and you can hardly make out the peoples faces. I know its not a setting on the monitor because I have a dual monitor setup and its the same on both monitors

(on a side note/problem, when watching tv, theres a terrible delay when changing channels, anyone know why?)

//edit I updated my video card drivers (ati x1600 pro) and that didn't seem to do anything

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I have taken a ballgame I recored using my TV tuner from Windows Media Center into Windows Live Movie maker, with the intent to put it onto DVD for archival. After processing in Movie Maker, I have a video that get wavy, for lack of a better word, with much motion. I tried burning to DVD and it still looks that way on the TV as well. I am using the K-Lite codec standard pack because of my Sanyo Xacti camera. I am attaching a screencaputre if anyone has any thought, I would love to hear them.

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