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Wednesday, 21.06.06

Finally - Orb and my Windows Vista Media Center are living in coexistence
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:16 CET under Digital - Gadgets

While the latest version of Orb was running fine on my Windows Vista Beta 2 Ultimate Media Center Edition (Oh boy, what a name. I hope Microsoft will rethink its Windows Vista naming, otherwise we will end with something similar like we had before with Pocket PCs when the official name was "Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Pocket PC Phone Edition".) I had some serious problems to get Orb's live TV function working. I even bought a new DVB-T TV card for the "perfect" setup and indeed, the Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-T PCI works fine with both, Windows Vista Media Center and Orb via DVB-T.

Nevertheless, all the time I've switched back from Orb to the Media Center live TV, Orb cracked up next time I tried to start it again or vice versa, if I switched back to MCE, live TV wasn't working anymore. It always ends with the same result, I had to uninstall Orb to get the MCE working and had to reinstall Orb to get it streaming.
However, today - after 3 weeks of heavy configuration and testing I found out what was wrong. It wasn't the second Pinnacle PCTV 200e USB TV card but the third Philips chipset based dual analogue/DVB-T PCI card which cracked up both systems all the time.
Now, after I disabled the Philips card in the hardware settings, and having the Hauppauge and Pinnacle card active only, everything works fine.

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Friday, 26.05.06

Going the Vista Beta 2 experience [Update]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under Digital - Gadgets

All right, after Microsoft published the new Vista Beta 2 two days ago and a 15 hours download to get my copy from the Microsoft server, I'm now ready to install a German version of Vista Beta 2 on my development PC, which was my old test Media Center Edition PC so far. Wonder how/if it will works? At least - so far - the installation started, more or less, smooth:

I have only one "fear", that my graphic card isn't good enough, even if it was to run Windows Media Center Edition 2005. According to Microsoft's Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, my ATI graphic card has 64 MB dedicated memory only, while Vista requires 128 MB. Well, I will see if I get anything on the monitor.

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