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Old 04-26-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Hey,

I recently installed Windows Media Center 2005 onto an old PC of mine, and have been amazed with the great performance of it. I expected MC to run like crap considering the old hardware I had left over from old pcs, but I can honestly say it does not lag or run slow at all. This is what is in it:

Intel Celeron 2.4ghz (running at 2.6ghz)
256mb Generic DDR400 RAM (I had 768mb (1X512 1X256) but my 512mb has failed on me)
ECS 845GV-M3 Motherboard
GeForce MX400 (not sure on brand)
40GB Seagate IDE hdd

I am currently using it mostly for playing music that is stored over 2 pcs on my network out to the lounge room stereo, playing DVDs to aviod the need for a DVD player and playing videos stored on my PC, to save burning some stuff to disc.

There is just one thing that I havn't got in it, but should have in the next few weeks is a Tuner Card so I can watch/record TV and avoid needing anything other than a PC and a TV.

The interface of MC, for me is great. I don't have a widescreen or high-class TV, so it suits me perfectly, this is what it looks like:



OK, I've been holding out to talk about this, The Media Center Remote. In one word: AMAZING! It it just so responsive and easy to use. It completely avoids the need for a keyboard/mouse in MC and unlike cheap, inferior remotes doesn't lag or have a slow responce time. It lights up when you press buttons so that you can see it clearly during the night (great for my Mum who has trouble finding the buttons!!)



Lastly, I have really utilized the More Programs add-ons, which enables me to install MC supported apps such as Solitaire and Nero which are usable with the remote.

All in all, I couldn't have found any better way to use an old PC, and the only money I spent was AU$55 for the remote/reciever which comes with 2 extra sensors to plug in the back for more coverage (which really isn't needed with the great reciever!) and the money for the software (cough cough).

I will be sure to eomment when I have the tuner card installed and will review the quality etc when I do. Feel free to comment on this review!

Thanks,

Matt
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Old 04-28-2007, 06:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

im using media center now. i dont use many of the multimedia features but when i do use the media center i find its easy to use and looks pretty sexy aswell. its a useful thing to have, especially if i decide to buy a tuner card
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Old 04-28-2007, 07:40 AM   #3
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Does anyone have Media Edition in a dual boot w/Vista ? Not that it matters, but I was just wondering. Anyways Yeah, Media can be ran on old machines as long as you have it configured right.
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:08 AM   #4
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Does anyone have Media Edition in a dual boot w/Vista ? Not that it matters, but I was just wondering. Anyways Yeah, Media can be ran on old machines as long as you have it configured right.
yea i've had it like that and it works with vista
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Old 04-29-2007, 01:37 PM   #5
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Cool, just wondering cause when I do upgrade I want it in a dual boot configure..thanx.
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Old 04-29-2007, 03:11 PM   #6
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I've got MCE 2005, it's great. I love the Media Center Extender functionality with my Xbox 360 - I download TV shows and movies, then stream them to my 360 to watch them on TV.
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Does anyone have Media Edition in a dual boot w/Vista ? Not that it matters, but I was just wondering. Anyways Yeah, Media can be ran on old machines as long as you have it configured right.
Heres a 2nd confirmation of this, i had that setup not long ago, no problems.
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Old 05-01-2007, 11:55 AM   #8
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The media center in Vista Home Premium is nice too.
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:32 PM   #9
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The media center in Vista Home Premium is nice too.
To be completely honest, I don't see a big enough difference to switch to Vista. Sure there are some new features, but I think they could have had more is all I am saying.

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Old 05-17-2007, 11:33 PM   #10
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I'm still using XP Professional on my computer. I haven't tried Media Center yet.


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