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Building a Windows XP Media Edition 2004 PC

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I am going to build a Media pc from the ground up.  I've been doing some research and it seems that Microsoft is pushing venders to use the AVerMedia M150 with remote for a TV Tuner.  I can't find this component anywhere.  Is it that new or is it just unavailable to me?  Or maybe there is a better solution?  One more thing, I also can't seem to find anyone that is selling the OS, Microsoft Windows XP Media Edition 2004.  Is that not availbe yet as well?
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sdineen earned 75 total points
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Microsoft doesn't offer Windows XP Media Cnetre edition stand-alone.  The only way to get it is too purchase a pre-built media centre PC.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/evaluation/faq.asp

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by:rdabate
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No WAY!  Are there plans to release it?
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by:sdineen
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I haven't heard of any plans to release it...bummer!!  I guess this is becasue you would need specific hardware to use all of its functionality.

I just purchased the AverMedia PCI 350 TV Tuner (I am not familiar with the M150) and have had nothing but trouble getting it to work (actually it is still not working).  My word of advice...if you are going to purchase a TV Tuner be very cautious with AverMedia - there tech support is bad.

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by:Callandor
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Why do you need to go Microsoft's route to build a media pc?  I have a home theater pc that plays dvds, mp3 files, captures analog tapes to avi files, compresses avi files to mpeg2, and has a high definition tuner/capture card.  It runs WinXP Home and is networked to my other machines.
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by:rdabate
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I guess I just liked the new setup on the Media Edition.
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by:chashiineriiya
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you really want to give your money to Bill gates huh? :)

take a look at this thread, it might give you some ideas
http://experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_20839665.html
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by:chashiineriiya
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get one of the ATI All In Wonder cards, that's what I resolved to do

you can illegally download the Media Center OS however, on bittorrent
but you would still need the included remote
i guess though, that would be useful if you just wanted to fiddle around with it
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by:Ghostpro
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http://www.directron.com
has OEM WMCE software that can be purchased with hardware. This is a legal copy for small system builders, but you should do your homework on this OS. It has the XP Pro foundation, and also has the SP2 built in. (WMCE 2005)
But please note it doesn't act like XP pro any longer. The parts list for the specific parts and hardware to use on this OS is scarce, I can find the right list that will give you a build that is comparable to the big companies.
Give it a try....
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