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I was just wondering if Media Center can be installed on any machine or does it require certain hardware in order to install it. I tried installing it yesterday on a laptop yesterday and came up as windows xp only. Thanks guys
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What equipment will I need to install Media Center?
  • Media Center PC.
Dig this what the requirements are for hardware
  • 1.8 GHz Pentium P4 processor or higher (some over 3 GHz)
  • 256 MB RAM (many with 512 MB or higher)
  • 40 GB hard disk (usually high-speed ATA, many drives 100 GB or larger)
  • 5.1- or 6-channel audio capabilities, many with speakers (some with separate woofers)
  • High-end graphics adapter with built-in TV tuner (some with FM radio, many with TV and DVI outputs)
  • Some kind of audio output for home entertainment hookup (analog or digital only in some cases, both kinds in others) along with a high-end audio adapter
  • Personal Video Recorders (PVRs) that use the hard drive, TV connection, and software to enable recording and playback of TV signals
  • Support for infrared remote devices, including a Microsoft-mandated remote control, plus keyboard and mouse (often wireless)
  • Various forms of digital video handling, with universal DVD playback capability (many included DVD burners as a standard option on such systems)
well you asked.
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post #3 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by grkgus
I was just wondering if Media Center can be installed on any machine or does it require certain hardware in order to install it. I tried installing it yesterday on a laptop yesterday and came up as windows xp only. Thanks guys
Don't worry, it's like that. For some reason it says that. Just continue installing
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For gods sake check their support list...

I bought some items before checking (even higher end input cards) and they didn't work...
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post #5 of 10
From what i understand you will need a high end video capture card.

Here is the link to the Microsoft Media Center PC Design - Overview

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system...r/default.mspx
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post #6 of 10
I got in to install fine on my system. It say XP Pro SP@, but keep going anyway, and skip any error mesages. It dons't like to be installed by any end-users.
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post #7 of 10
I installed it fine on my compy. I remember the original (MCE 2003 or 2004?) wouldn't install without those reqs listed above.
post #8 of 10
All you need in particular is a good a Video capture card.
post #9 of 10
running fine on mine, you cant do an upgrade as that'll just upgrade you to pro. The media center files are in the core of the system so you have to do a clean install. . . i have a two yr old Dell Inspiron 6800, Pentium M 1.5 w/ 64 video card. no prob im running it off of. a little slow when in find album art in media center though.
 
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post #10 of 10
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I tried installing it on an IBM t30 but it wont install. It always just installs xp and not the additional files for media center. Hmmmm. I thought it would work.
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