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MCE Video Driver Issues

June 4, 2005

Apologies for the light blogging this week — I hate “Monday Holiday” weeks, since it seems like you play catch-up all week long. At least I’m finally caught up enough to have a couple of minutes to rub together…

Another reason for the delay is that I’ve been meaning to post an article on upgrading a single-tuner Windows Media Center Edition 2005 box to a dual tuner box. Unfortunately, while the process was straightforward, I ran into a problem I didn’t expect.

My box was quite stable with a Hauppauge PVR 250 (old style, not the MCE version) and a BFG GeForce FX5700LE video card.

When I replaced the PVR 250 with a PVR 500 MCE, I started having problems with lockups and crashes. These all appeared to be playback related, not encoding related.
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