Sunday, July 23, 2006
If you don't get the image toolbar over an image then try the following:-
1.In Internet Explorer, click Internet Options on the Tools menu.
2.On the Advanced tab, click to clear (disable) or click to select (enable) the Enable Image Toolbar (requires restart) check box.
How to Use the Image Toolbar and Automatic Image Resizing Feature in Internet Explorer 6
Image Toolbar Does Not Appear Over Image in Internet Explorer
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Start > Run > regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\system32\wmnetmgr.dll > OK
Alternatively you can revert back to WMP10 from WMP 11..You may opt System Restore to return to WMP 10.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Music file types (format)and their File name extensions :-
Audio CDs> .cda
Windows Media Audio file> .asx, .wm, .wma, and .wmx
Windows audio file> .wav
MP3 audio file >.mp3 and .m3u
Video file types (format) and their File name extensions:-
Windows Media file >.wm and .asf
Windows Media Video file> .wmv
Windows video file> .avi
Movie file> .mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v, .mp2, and .mpv2
Picture file types (format) and their File name extensions :-
Joint Photographic Experts Group >.jpg and .jpeg
Tagged Image File Format> .tif and .tiff
Graphics Interchange Format> .gif
Windows MetaFile> .wmf
Portable Network Graphics >.png
Saturday, July 15, 2006
April 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB914548)
Windows XP Media Center Edition Patch: Remote Sensor Driver & Firmware Update
Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB900325)
Windows XP Media Center Edition Product Activation Hotfix
Windows XP Patch: Windows XP Media Center Edition Fast User Switching Hotfix
I am unable to use the fast user switching screen and welcome screen at start up. the only thing I can use is classic logon prompt. I tried to go into the control panel and change it back but when I click on the "change the way users log on and off" it brings up a box and says that "Client Services for Netware has disabled the welcome screen and fast user switching. To restore these features you must uninstall client services for netware."
Resolution:-Open Network Connections. Right click on your network connection and select Properties. Click the General tab and locate the Netware entry and highlight it. Click Uninstall. Unless you know you need it, Client Services for Netware is generally not used outside of a corporate environment.
Friday, July 14, 2006
1]Download the Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility .This utility will help you to determine if an MPEG-2 video decoder or, a DVD decoder is installed on your system and whether or not the decoder is compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
2] Next you download and install compatible video decoder which will allow you to view TV without any prroblem.Nvidia,Cyberlink Power DVD,Win DVD or,Sonic will help.Personally I find Nvidia Pure Video is excellent.Remember you just need the decoder not the full or entire package.
Here is a list of compatible decoders:-
*[The last one is Free]
Tweak MCE gives you access to systems settings and options not normally exposed in the Windows XP Media Center Edition user interface, including remote control settings, Skip and Replay time customizations, user interface options, and more. It also helps you to optimize Media Center Extender for plasma and non-CRT displays.
Hauppauge Tweak Tool
To: Turn up volumePress: F10
To: Go to the previous channelPress: PAGE DOWN
To: Turn down volumePress: F9
To: Mute volumePress: F8
To: Open Messenger in Media CenterPress: CTRL+N
To: Display the Help windowPress: F1
To: Display an additional menu of actions for a page or item that is selected Press: CTRL+D
To: Go in and go out of windowed modePress: ALT+ENTER
To: Move left, right, up, or downPress: ARROW KEYS
To: Go to the previous pagePress: PAGE UP
To: Go to the next pagePress: PAGE DOWN
To: Go to the last item in a listPress: END
To: Go to the first item in a listPress: HOME
To: Go back to the previous screenPress: BACKSPACE
To: Accept the selectionPress: ENTER
To: Close Media CenterPress: ALT+F4
To: Open Media Center or return to the Media Center Start menuPress: Windows Key+ALT+ENTER
To: Go to the next channelPress: PAGE UP
To: Skip forward 30 second while watching TVPress: CTRL+F
To: Skip back 7 seconds while watching TVPress: CTRL+B
To: Fast forward live TV or recorded TVPress: CTRL+SHIFT+F
To: Rewind live TV or recorded TVPress: CTRL+SHIFT+B
To: Play live TV or recorded TVPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P
To: Stop recording or stop playing a TV showPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S
To: Pause or resume live TV or recorded TVPress: CTRL+P
To: Record a TV showPress: CTRL+R
To: Go to live TVPress: CTRL+T
To: Go to the GuidePress: CTRL+G
To: Go to Recorded TVPress: CTRL+O
To: Go to My TVPress: CTRL+SHIFT+T
To: Copy a CDPress: CTRL+R
To: Fast forward a songPress: CTRL+SHIFT+F
To: Skip to the next songPress: CTRL+F
To: Replay an audio file or songPress: CTRL+B
To: Stop an audio file or songPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S
To: Pause an audio file or songPress: CTRL+P
To: Play an audio file or songPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P
To: Go to My MusicPress: CTRL+M
To: Skip forwardPress: CTRL+F
To: Skip backPress: CTRL+B
To: Resume playing radioPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P
To: Stop live radioPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S
To: Pause or resume playing live radioPress: CTRL+P
To: Go to RadioPress: CTRL+A
To: Zoom a picture in full-screen modePress: ENTER
To: Skip forward to the next picturePress: RIGHT ARROW
To: Skip back to the previous picturePress: LEFT ARROW
To: Pause a slide showPress: CTRL+P
To: Stop a slide showPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S
To: Play a slide showPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P
To: Go to My PicturesPress: CTRL+I
To: Skip forward 30 seconds in a videoPress: CTRL+F
To: Skip back 7 seconds in a videoPress: CTRL+B
To: Fast forward a videoPress: CTRL+SHIFT+F
To: Rewind a videoPress: CTRL+SHIFT+B
To: Stop playing a videoPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S
To: Pause or resume a videoPress: CTRL+P
To: Play a videoPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P
To: Go to My VideosPress: CTRL+E
To: Change the DVD subtitles selectionPress: CTRL+U
To: Change the DVD audio selectionPress: CTRL+SHIFT+A
To: Change the DVD anglePress: ARROW KEYS
To: Skip forward or go to the next chapterPress: CTRL+F
To: Skip back or go to the previous chapterPress: CTRL+B
To: Fast forwardPress: CTRL+SHIFT+F
To: RewindPress: CTRL+SHIFT+B
To: Stop a DVDPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S
To: Pause or resume playing a DVDPress: CTRL+P
To: Play a DVDPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P
To: Go to the DVD menuPress: CTRL+SHIFT+M
After installing Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) in MCE 2005,Windows Media Center Extender cannot establish a remote connection.
You may receive the following error message from Windows Media Center Extender for Xbox:
The Media Center for Xbox has unexpectedly disconnected from the Media Center PC. The Extender requires a connection to the computer. The Extender might have been disconnected because of network congestion, a network disconnection, or because the PC has been turned off.
You may receive an error message that is similar to the following from third-party extenders:
An error occurred while the Media Center Extender tried to communicate with the Media Center PC. Verify your network and the PC are working and then select OK to try again.
Why Does it happen?
Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is not compatible with Media Center 2005.
Right-click the notification area icon and, then click Shutdown Microsoft AntiSpyware.
Media Center Edition 2005 does not support your computer to join a domain. This edition of Windows is designed as an exclusive home entertainment system. By using Media Center Extender devices you can share the entertaiments with your family members to various locations of your house..Media Center Extender devices require concurrent connections, and these are available only through the Fast User Switching component. Therefore, the domain join functionality in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is disabled.
But if you have ealier versions of Media Center?
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 does not allow for you to join a domain but a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC upgraded to Media Center Edition 2005 can join domains.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Release Notes show:-
Support for High Definition (HD) inverse telecine on compatible GPUs. See http://www.nvidia.com/page/purevideo.html for a list of supported GPUs.
After installing the PureVideo Decoder and using the MCE "speaker setup" wizard to select 5.1 speakers, the audio will only be set in 2 channel stereo mode. This is a known issue with Microsoft Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup2. You may download this patch to fix the problem. The patch sets the proper value for 5.1 analog and must be run after using the speaker setup wizard. Note: You must run this patch every time after you run the wizard in order for the settings to remain active.
Other compatibility fixes, click here to view the User's Guide
In case if Vista Media Center you will find a complete redesigned menu system.All menus are now on horiznal plane instead of vertical menus present in Windows Media Center 2005.All favourite digital entertainment—including live and recorded TV, movies, music, and pictures—in one place with the easy-to-use
Windows Media Center menu system and remote control.
Remove temporary files,temporary Internet files:-
Disk Cleanup helps free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup searches your drive, and then shows you temporary files, Internet cache files, and unnecessary program files that you can safely delete. You can direct Disk Cleanup to delete some or all of those files.
Remove memory dump files:-
Search for *.dmp and delete the files.
Defragment the hard disk drive:-
Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk, so that each occupies a single, contiguous space on the volume. As a result, your system can gain access to your files and folders and save new ones more efficiently
Increase the paging file size:-
1.Click Start, click Run, and then type sysdm.cpl in the Open box.
2.Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Performance.
3.Click the Advanced tab, and then click Change under Virtual memory.
4.Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file that you want to change.
5.Under Paging file size for selected drive, click Custom size.
6.In the Initial size (MB) box, enter a new initial paging file size. The size should be at least 1.5 times the amount of system RAM.
7.In the Maximum size box, enter the maximum paging file size. The size should be at least two times the size of the initial paging file size.
8.Click Set, and then click OK three times.
9.Click Start, and then click Turn Off Computer.
Boot in to Safe Mode and scan your system with latest versions of malware removal tools (like-Spybot,Search and Destroy,CWShredder as well as Adaware etc.)
During repairing installation of Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition,you you may receive the following error message:-
msvcr71.dll cannot be found
1.Close the error message box.
2.Open the Notepad, paste the following XML sample code:
3.Save the file as Copy2gac.exe.config in the following folder:
Windows Folder\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.0.3705.Note Windows Folder is a placeholder for the location of your Windows folder.
4.You can now successfully repair your operating system.
Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd on May 05,2006 launched its latest offering, the Electronic Programming Guide for Windows XP Media Center PCs, to enable users to control their television entertainment experience in India.
EPG, an onscreen interactive guide to television programmes, which for the first time in India, will allow viewers to navigate, select, discover and record shows across more than 80 channels in the country.
When I tried to download the guide for my Media Center,I got the message:-"Guide Listings Not Available.TV Program Guide listings are not available for your country or region. " [see the pic].I experienced the very same scenario in case of Vista Media Center.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
1] Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 CD1
2] Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 CD2
3] Media Center compatible TV tuner / encoder drivers.
4] Media Center compatible display adapter drivers.
5] Media Center compatible MPEG2 decoder.
2] 512MB RAM
3] Primary Hard Disk Drive (Minimum 20 GB) for operating system and applications.
If you have Secondary Hard Disk Drive (Minimum 80 GB) for storage.
4] Media Center compatible TV tuner / encoder.
5] Media Center compatible display adapter.
6] Media Center Remote Control and IR Transceiver
Download: Microsoft Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition beta 1
Homepage: Microsoft Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition
Just wondering... I have a PC running xp pro at the moment, is it possible ?or me to upgrade to media centre edition without reinstalling all my programs and losing all my files etc?
Resolution:-Well,you can't upgrade,you have to perform a Clean installation to get Media Center Edition.
You may be able to use the File and Settings Transfer Wizard to help move some of your files/settings...
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Here is a great manual on how to use the remote control in Windows XP Media Center 2005.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
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Saturday, July 08, 2006
After downloading the latest beta version or Yahoo Messenger 7.5 a strange thing occurs.You can't minimize,maximize or close Yahoo Messenger.
Go to menu,click Messenger,scroll down to Change Skin...and click on it,from the drop down box of Skin select Classic and click the OK button.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Microsoft has confirmed non glass themes for windows vista.It was first discussed in hive[http://www.hive.net],then Nick White of MSFT wrote in detail in his blog:-http://blogs.technet.com/windowsvista/archive/2006/07/06/440510.aspx
Thus if you don’t have a display driver capable of running WDDM you’ll get the Windows Vista Basic theme,which is standard for Vista Home Basic Edition.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Launch Vista Media Center > Click Guide > Press [CTRL+D] keys together > Scroll down to Filter Guide and click on it > Click Favorites.
This will will narrow the guide down to your favorite channels.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
-A cabinet is a single file created to hold a number of compressed files.
What will you do if a .CAB file got corrupted?
- You have to extract individual files from the cabinet files to replace missing or corrupted files.
How can you extract ?
1] Press Win+R keys to launch Run menu.
2]Now type in:msconfig and click OK.
3]Click Expand Fille...
4]Name the file you want to extract in the File to restore box
5]Click Browse From tab to restore the file in the Restore from box.For example, the Windows XP .cab files are stored in the I386 folder present in XP CD.
6]Locate the folder where you want to Save file in.
7]Click Expand tab In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click OK>Restart.
Description and Explanation of a Cabinet File