A computer based Media Center is something you buy, sit back and forget about like a DVD player or VCR. NOT!!!!

A Media Center will rarely sit there and perform it’s duties like an appliance.  It needs attention, feeding and loving care.

I don’t want it to be this way, I’m really sorry, but that’s the way it is.

I have experience with Team Media Portal, GB-PVR and now Microsoft Media Center 2005 (MCE 2005).

I am experienced with capture cards from may vendors including my most recent DIVICO card.

The sorts of problems one encounters with a Windows Media Center (and Windows XP)  with audio and video are many and varied.

Whenever I google for information about these problems I inevitably find that my problem is unique, so usually I have to work out a solution myself.  (Reinstalling the Operating System is NOT an option.  I’m sorry, but to me that is defeat)

I feel a need to blog about these problems and their solutions so that perhaps future searchers who get the problems will benefit from my suffering.

I used to place these things on my main blog ( but feel that it’s more appropriate to have a seperate place this information.

So intrepid searcher, if you find this information useful, please link back to me to improve the blogs ranking,  leave comments if you find extra information and leave spam links if you want them ignored.

It begins….